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Twyford Signalbox

Unread postby scarpa » Sun Jul 16, 2017 9:01 pm

The wooden structure on the up relief platform just past the new footbridge which is now a coffee shop ,is the original signalbox installed 1840 ish when the line came to Twyford. It was in service until 1890 and was replaced by two signalboxes with the quadrupling of the route. Is this the oldest signalbox building in the UK ? should it have a blue plaque?
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Re: Twyford Signalbox

Unread postby Ashley Hill » Mon Jul 17, 2017 4:10 pm

Any chance of a photo? Have had a look on the net with no results. I am on leave this week so will not be zooming past Twyford.
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Re: Twyford Signalbox

Unread postby Chris Osment » Mon Jul 17, 2017 6:42 pm

Would there really have been a 'signal box' as early as the 1840s?
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Re: Twyford Signalbox

Unread postby Stuart Johnson » Mon Jul 17, 2017 8:33 pm

Are you sure? According to the SRS, the first Twyford box was a non-standard stone structure, in use by 1874, which survived until 1893 and contained a 34 lever frame.

Comparisons of the 1876 and 1950 plans of Twyford in Paul Karau's book on the Henley branch suggest that the original signal box was indeed on what is now the up relief platform, but was just east of the footbridge and much closer to the line than any structure now existing. It seems more likely that the wooden structure west of the rebuilt footbridge is the 'Henley Branch Waiting Room' of 1857, a drawing of which is on page 159 of Karau's book. The windows seem to match what can be seen in this picture: https://www.rcts.org.uk/branches/thames ... 137&page=8
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Re: Twyford Signalbox

Unread postby Ashley Hill » Mon Jul 17, 2017 10:17 pm

Is this a picture of it from the branch side courtesy of Geoffspages website. http://www.geoffspages.co.uk/raildiary/ ... les/31.jpg
There's no evidence of ever having a lead off bed on either platform face.
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Re: Twyford Signalbox

Unread postby scarpa » Tue Jul 18, 2017 6:35 pm

Apologies Did nt get this one right. From prints in a couple of books the original signalbox resembled what was a former waiting room. Thankyou Ashley and Stuart .
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