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Signal boxes at Pickering, NYMR

Unread postby John Hinson » Mon Sep 25, 2017 7:30 am

At Pickering, there are two small signal box-like structures on the station. The one at the South end bears a nameplate "PICKERING SOUTH" although I couldn't see anything to suggest any operational use - the motor points and position-light ground signal (ugh!) there are, as far as I could tell, operated from New Bridge box.
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Photo: John Hinson 18/9/17.

Towards the north end, on the platform, is another which bears no nameplate but appears to be in use as the Station Foreman's Office.
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Photo: John Hinson 18/9/17.

Does anybody know the origins of these structures? Neither are mentioned in Peter Kay's Signalling Atlas & Signalbox Directory book. My gut feeling is that they may have been NER gate-keepers' cabins.

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Re: Signal boxes at Pickering, NYMR

Unread postby Pete2320 » Wed Sep 27, 2017 12:15 pm

As nobody else has said anything, my feeling is that these were never used as signalling structures. Broadly similar structures were used as signal boxes or gate boxes. Somewhere I believe the NYMR has Cayton box but these are not it, unless extensively modified.

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Re: Signal boxes at Pickering, NYMR

Unread postby david737 » Thu Sep 28, 2017 3:12 pm

The Pickering South one has a lever frame in it & they open it up at special events/galas etc so that the public can have a go at pulling the levers but I don't know its origin though.
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Re: Signal boxes at Pickering, NYMR

Unread postby DFS » Thu Sep 28, 2017 4:17 pm

See items No. 8 and 19 here:- https://www.nymr.co.uk/pickering-station-trail
These suggest Marishes Road and a level crossing keeper’s cabin at Gilling East Station, south of Helmsley respectively.

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Re: Signal boxes at Pickering, NYMR

Unread postby John Hinson » Thu Sep 28, 2017 5:38 pm

DFS wrote:See items No. 8 and 19 here:- https://www.nymr.co.uk/pickering-station-trail
These suggest Marishes Road and a level crossing keeper’s cabin at Gilling East Station, south of Helmsley respectively.

Thanks Dave. Silly me for not checking their web site - not many heritage railway web sites go into such detail.

For "Gilling East" (as the location is known today) read "Gilling" although there was a full-sized box at the level crossing and apparently no other crossings nearby. Not to worry, though, it is a pointer anyway.

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