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Remaining mechanically signalled lines

Unread postby colin1501 » Mon Apr 18, 2016 9:09 am

I'm trying to get an idea of the remaining substantial stretches of mechanically signalled line on Network Rail. By 'substantial', I'm looking at stretches longer than around 4 or 5 miles, and with more than 1 or 2 mechanical boxes. I'm therefore excluding small 'islands' of mechanical signalling, such as Deal in Kent, and Littlehampton and Bognor Regis in Sussex. In addition, while I wouldn't exclude stretches on the basis that they have some colour-light signalling (most have), the majority of the signalling should still be semaphore. I also recognise that there may be power boxes controlling one or both ends of each stretch.

Working from these criteria, my current list is below. I would be very grateful for any corrections, additions etc, from others with better knowledge than me.

England

Liskeard to Penzance;
Hereford to Worcester and Droitwich;
Preston to Blackpool;
Carnforth to Carlisle (Cumbrian Coast);
Hellifield to Carlisle;
Carlisle to Newcastle;
Harrogate to York;
York to Scarborough;
Gilberdyke to Ferriby
Lowdham to Swinderby (until December this year);
Syston to Peterborough;
Peterborough to Ely;
Norwich to Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft.

Wales

Cardiff to Shrewsbury;
Chester to Holyhead.

Scotland

Annan to Kilmarnock;
Ayr to Stranraer;
Larbert to Perth;
Perth to Aberdeen and Inverness;
Perth to Kingussie.

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Re: Remaining mechanically signalled lines

Unread postby AN106 » Mon Apr 18, 2016 11:01 am

Is Stoke-Derby still mechanical? Section C indicates that it will be controlled from East Midlands ROC at Derby some time this year, but I don't know if it's taken place yet or not. I drove across Sudbury LC yesterday and noticed that the box is still extant, but I didn't have the chance to investigate whether it's still operational.
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Re: Remaining mechanically signalled lines

Unread postby micron » Mon Apr 18, 2016 4:10 pm

If you are including freight only lines, then there is Acton Canal Wharf to Dudding Hill, 3 boxes, mostly still mechanical
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Re: Remaining mechanically signalled lines

Unread postby JRB » Mon Apr 18, 2016 5:15 pm

Banbury North to Banbury South until the end of July. See other thread.
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Re: Remaining mechanically signalled lines

Unread postby LlaniGraham » Mon Apr 18, 2016 5:36 pm

Cardiff - Shrewsbury is only mechanical from Abergavenny onwards.
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Re: Remaining mechanically signalled lines

Unread postby Mike Stone » Mon Apr 18, 2016 6:21 pm

AN106 wrote:Is Stoke-Derby still mechanical? Section C indicates that it will be controlled from East Midlands ROC at Derby some time this year, but I don't know if it's taken place yet or not. I drove across Sudbury LC yesterday and noticed that the box is still extant, but I didn't have the chance to investigate whether it's still operational.

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No visible work anywhere on this route although it is alledged that work has been done to make Caverswall loops usable.
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Re: Remaining mechanically signalled lines

Unread postby ex Probationer » Mon Apr 18, 2016 7:19 pm

AN106 wrote:Is Stoke-Derby still mechanical? Section C indicates that it will be controlled from East Midlands ROC at Derby some time this year, but I don't know if it's taken place yet or not. I drove across Sudbury LC yesterday and noticed that the box is still extant, but I didn't have the chance to investigate whether it's still operational.


At the risk of going 'off topic', I think it's a great shame that the Section C on the Signal Box website has become an out-of-date Network Rail wishlist, rather than an ongoing update of signalling work that has been completed.
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Re: Remaining mechanically signalled lines

Unread postby colin1501 » Mon Apr 18, 2016 8:00 pm

I'm not sure it is off topic - it's partly the reason I started this post.

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Re: Remaining mechanically signalled lines

Unread postby barney bell » Mon Apr 18, 2016 8:14 pm

Allington Junction through to Skegness.
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Re: Remaining mechanically signalled lines

Unread postby jbmack » Mon Apr 18, 2016 8:54 pm

Arpley Jct to Fidlers Ferry ?
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Re: Remaining mechanically signalled lines

Unread postby Mad Mac » Wed Apr 20, 2016 12:16 am

In Scotland, also Cupar-Dundee. I can't really think of any other significant stretches not mentioned.
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Re: Remaining mechanically signalled lines

Unread postby Danny252 » Wed Apr 20, 2016 12:47 am

The Hope Valley line (Sheffield-Manchester), plus the lines in the Buxton area.

Has Shrewsbury-Chester been resignalled yet (I know the Crewe line has)?

I also thought there was still mechanical signalling from Wrexham towards Birkenhead, and perhaps some other lines in the Merseyside area (I don't know the area very well).
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Re: Remaining mechanically signalled lines

Unread postby Mike Stone » Wed Apr 20, 2016 1:45 pm

Gobowen still has semaphores has have Frodsham and Halton Junctions, and I think Norton.
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Re: Remaining mechanically signalled lines

Unread postby jbmack » Wed Apr 20, 2016 5:40 pm

Colour lights at Norton since 1972 also at Halton since 1960's.
Helsby still semaphore.
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Re: Remaining mechanically signalled lines

Unread postby kestreleyes » Wed Apr 20, 2016 8:17 pm

norbury crossing through to buxton and thence down the branch to peak forrest
yep i floated the van in sandbach lake once
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