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Exeter St Thomas

Unread postby Ashley Hill » Thu Aug 17, 2017 11:23 pm

Hello,would anyone have any pictures of Exeter St Thomas box (closed 1959) internal or external? My research so far has produced nothing apart from the SRS diagram and endless photos of trains under the Brunel train shed none of which show the box. Was it an actual box or incorporated into part of the building as where its location is shown there are still traces of it in the brickwork together with wire pulleys along the former down platform extension.
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Re: Exeter St Thomas

Unread postby S&TEngineer » Fri Aug 18, 2017 10:16 am

Have you tried asking the Cornwall Railway Society? They have photographers who were taking pictures in that area in the 1950s: http://www.cornwallrailwaysociety.org.uk
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Re: Exeter St Thomas

Unread postby Ashley Hill » Fri Aug 18, 2017 11:16 am

Yes,always my first port of call. Sadly all the photos are either early 70's or modern. The one shot that would show the boxes former location has a Peak in the way. Pictures of this box along with Westcott,Rewe and Cotfield seem elusive.
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Re: Exeter St Thomas

Unread postby Ashley Hill » Fri Oct 6, 2017 10:44 pm

https://goo.gl/images/uzghzj

The above link should take you to a picture that shows Exeter St Thomas box. It's in the far corner of the trainshed complete with its S and T boards.
The whole thing poses many questions,such as what type of box was this,why are there no front windows and is there a nameplate? Perhaps somebody with the GWR nameplate book could answer that last one. Another photo I've found shows the front from the east end. Where the windows should be there are posterboards. Unfortunately I cannot get that link to post at the moment but will keep trying. Finally did the structure survive after closure until demolition of the trainshed? As I said in my first post,the London end window still survives as does the location of the fireplace.
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Re: Exeter St Thomas

Unread postby Chris Osment » Sat Oct 7, 2017 10:00 am

Ashley Hill wrote:https://goo.gl/images/uzghzj

The above link should take you to a picture that shows Exeter St Thomas box. It's in the far corner of the trainshed complete with its S and T boards.
The whole thing poses many questions,such as what type of box was this,why are there no front windows and is there a nameplate? Perhaps somebody with the GWR nameplate book could answer that last one. Another photo I've found shows the front from the east end. Where the windows should be there are posterboards. Unfortunately I cannot get that link to post at the moment but will keep trying. Finally did the structure survive after closure until demolition of the trainshed? As I said in my first post,the London end window still survives as does the location of the fireplace.


Dunn lists "ST. THOMAS SIGNAL BOX" (with a note that the '.' was included in the order entry) ordered 13-Oct-1891.
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Re: Exeter St Thomas

Unread postby Ashley Hill » Sat Oct 7, 2017 10:42 am

Cheers Chris. The box does appear to be non standard even for 1891.
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Re: Exeter St Thomas

Unread postby Ashley Hill » Thu Nov 16, 2017 8:05 pm

Hello. A well known local photographer (DH) has confirmed that the box structure survived as a store until the demolition of the trainshed.
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