davidwoodcock wrote:Peter Gibbons wrote:....... All the signal boxes /panels from the Kent Coast Electrification Phase 1 scheme of 1969 have now been abolished.......
Slight slip of the keyboard there, Phase 1 scheme of 1959 not 1969, and I suspect that the first box commissionings of that scheme may have been in 1958 rather than 1959. All seems like pre-history now!
Yes, agreed there was a light slip of the keyboard. The date should have read 1959, not 1969.
However all the Kent Coast Electrification Phase 1 signal panel boxes were all opened between March and May 1959 according the the Signalling Record Society's own publications which shows:-
Shepherds Lane (opened 08/03/1959, closed 29/11/1981) This box contained a Westinghouse Style 'L' miniature lever frame instead of a panel, now demolished.
Beckenham Junction (opened 12/04/1959, closed 20/06/1982), now demolished.
Shortlands Junction (opened on 31/05/1959, closed 20/06/1982), still extant.
Chislehurst Junction (opened 26/04/1959, closed 21/02/1993) now demolished.
Rochester (opened 10/05/1959, closed 25/03/2016) now demolished.
Rainham (opened 26/04/1959, closed 25/03/2016) still extant.
Sittingbourne (opened 24/05/1959, closed 25/03/2016) still extant.
Faversham (opened 24/05/1959, closed 25/12/2011) still extant.
All the other signal boxes on the route pre-date the electrification scheme and all these boxes contained full length lever frames suitably adapted for working colour light signals and track circuit block.