JRB wrote:Both Banbury boxes close shortly before midnight tonight. South will have 8 hours to salvage spares for Worcester &c. and preservation, upon which a large machine, already lurking, will smash it flat for track laying over the site. North box remains till October with visits bookable. See the Banbury North web site.
Don't look at Banbury web site. Pictures of South box being destroyed are too distressing.
Glad at least some of the interior of Banbury South has hopefully been salvaged for reuse and preservation prior to demolition: I wonder how much has gone for preservation and what as gone to Worcester etc?
As for the pictures of the demolition of the South box I have already seen a number on groups on Facebook this morning: pity the lever frame wasn't salvaged: I gather that they look the trackside windows out, nudging the lever frame as they did so, and the frame eventually fell to the (inside) base of the box before being lifted out upside down and put on the scrap pile next to what was left of the box.
Fortunately I went up to Banbury last Saturday (23rd) and got, in all, 107 photos, albeit at the expense of two sunburnt (human) arms, but no internal ones of either box. Will now book a slot onto a tour of North box.
Last Photo'd: June 2015
Yorkshire (Batley, Cattal, Hammerton, Kirkham, Kiveton Pk, Knaresborough, Poppleton), Teeside (Billingham), Northumberland (Bardon, Haydon Bridge, Hexham, Prudhoe, Wylam) & Lincolnshire (Roxton Sidings)
Next trip: TBC