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Hebden Bridge

Unread postby Mike Stone » Wed Jul 19, 2017 9:08 pm

Some signalling work in progress in the Mytholmroyd area, presumably in connection with additional services required by Northern franchise. Is the box being abolished or just extra signals?
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Re: Hebden Bridge

Unread postby Chris L » Thu Jul 20, 2017 9:03 am

As I understand it, this is preparatory work for the "migration" of the Hebden Bridge - Bradford section of the Calder Valley line to York ROC, which I believe is scheduled for autumn 2018 (but the dates may have changed).

This will see the closure of Mill Lane Junction (Bradford), Halifax, Milner Royd Junction and Hebden Bridge signal boxes. The first two are Railway Signal Co. boxes which have contained panels for 40 years or more; Milner Royd Junction is the last surviving Yardley/Smith Type 2 box, and contains a 20 lever Railway Signal Co. frame, and Hebden Bridge is a standard L&Y box fitted with a 38 lever L&Y frame. Hebden Bridge box is listed and it is hoped that it can be preserved in situ as a visitor attraction (the station retains many now unique L&Y features and is itself, as I understand it, also listed); unfortunately it seems that the others will be demolished.

I believe (unless anyone else knows otherwise!) that the Absolute Block-worked section of line between Hebden Bridge and Milner Royd is the last on NR to be controlled by L&Y Block Instruments and bells; and so another era will draw to a close when the "migration" occurs.

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Re: Hebden Bridge

Unread postby John Webb » Tue Feb 27, 2018 9:06 pm

Posting today at https://www.railforums.co.uk/threads/hebden-bridge-signal-box.159560/#post-3354889 which may be of interest to people on this forum:
I've been pleased to see the interest here (ie on the linked forum) in the future of the Hebden Bridge signal box. This is an important part of the town's heritage and I know that there will be a lot of local determination to ensure that it is properly looked after. It's grade II listed for a reason!
I'm secretary of the Calder Valley Community Land Trust (http://www.caldervalleyclt.org.uk), a member-run charitable community benefit society which acts as a kind of local equivalent to the National Trust. (We hold the legal ownership of one local community centre, for example). Through the good offices of the Friends of Hebden Bridge station we have now held two exploratory meetings with Network Rail to discuss the signal box passing to the trust and have also been allowed to visit the box to inspect its condition. If the transfer turns out to be possible (and the CLT trustees are happy at the proposal, so the decision rests with NR), we will be looking to conserve it on behalf of the community in perpetuity.
I can't guarantee that I will notice replies to this thread, so if you want to email me directly please do at info@caldervalleyclt.org.uk. But I will advise people here if/when there is further progress. Andrew Bibby.
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