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Mystery signalbox (=Wootton Bassett Incline)

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Mystery signalbox (=Wootton Bassett Incline)

Unread postby scarpa » Sat Aug 5, 2017 7:56 pm

This topic must have been mentioned before. Between Chippenham and Wotton Basset junction on the downside there is a brick built disused signalbox with a flat roof in what appears to be pristine condition.Anyone know its name and history ,a diagram and whether it controlled any sidings.
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Re: Mystery signalbox (=Wootton Bassett Incline)

Unread postby StevieG » Sat Aug 5, 2017 10:47 pm

In case of any help, IIRC the relevant 1960 Appendix has only two boxes between Wootton Bassett West and Chippenham East; Dauntsey and Langley Crossing.
I believe there may have been some relatively modern(post-nationalisation) change to the railway arrangements in this area where a branch from the South Wales route ran north/south-ish below or above the east-west Bristol main line.
I wonder if any of this entailed a new box? (Dauntsey?).
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Re: Mystery signalbox (=Wootton Bassett Incline)

Unread postby John Prytherch » Sat Aug 5, 2017 11:02 pm

Wootton Bassett Incline.
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Re: Mystery signalbox (=Wootton Bassett Incline)

Unread postby Richard Lemon » Sun Aug 6, 2017 7:07 am

There is a diagram in Vol. 18 of George Pryer's diagram books.
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Re: Mystery signalbox (=Wootton Bassett Incline)

Unread postby Cotswolder » Sun Aug 6, 2017 10:55 am

There is a box diagram on the SRS website.

http://www.s-r-s.org.uk/html/gwb/T3032.htm
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Re: Mystery signalbox (=Wootton Bassett Incline)

Unread postby Russell Maiden » Mon Aug 7, 2017 3:53 pm

This photo was taken from an Up train sometime in the late 1960s or early 1970s. Not having been down that way for 40 years or so I'm surprised that it's still there.https://www.flickr.com/photos/69499916@N08/35591692254/in/dateposted-public/
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Re: Mystery signalbox (=Wootton Bassett Incline)

Unread postby StevieG » Mon Aug 7, 2017 8:11 pm

Russell Maiden wrote:This photo was taken from an Up train sometime in the late 1960s or early 1970s. Not having been down that way for 40 years or so I'm surprised that it's still there.https://www.flickr.com/photos/69499916@N08/35591692254/in/dateposted-public/
An opportunity well taken there Russell. Thank you for posting it.

Not the sort of roof design that accords with the ARP boxes I was familiar with seeing : Looks like a possible forerunner feature of the BR(WR)'s 1950s boxes.
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Re: Mystery signalbox (=Wootton Bassett Incline)

Unread postby scarpa » Tue Aug 8, 2017 5:42 am

Thankyou to everyone who added some information about the signalbox. Would anyone know what prompted its renewal and what kind of signalbox did it replace?
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Re: Mystery signalbox (=Wootton Bassett Incline)

Unread postby Chris Osment » Tue Aug 8, 2017 7:45 am

Well, according to the SRS Box Register it was a 1952 replacement of a GWR Type 1 box, so I guess possibly simply a case of the sheer age/condition of its predecessor.
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Re: Mystery signalbox (=Wootton Bassett Incline)

Unread postby John Hinson » Wed Aug 30, 2017 10:19 am

The old box must have been quite small because it only had ten levers and all discs were of the very old practice of working directly with the points. The box was renewed in 1952 and is therefore not "ARP" but a BR(WR) design similar to Wellington - https://signalbox.org/gallery/w/wellington2.php - and Llandilo - https://433shop.co.uk/index.php?route=p ... ct_id=3025 .

Both of the above-mentioned diagrams are of the old box and I have never seen any information on the arrangements at the new one.

Intriguingly, it was only operational for five years and closed in 1957. It has now survived disused for twelve times its operational life!

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Re: Mystery signalbox (=Wootton Bassett Incline)

Unread postby Stuart Johnson » Wed Aug 30, 2017 8:40 pm

One of the two diagrams on the SRS site linked above is of the new box.

Same layout, same running signals, but 23 levers rather than 10.
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Re: Mystery signalbox (=Wootton Bassett Incline)

Unread postby John Hinson » Thu Aug 31, 2017 12:50 am

... well, stack me sideways! So it is if I scroll down.

Many thanks indeed for spotting that.

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