DMU Group West Midlands
Based at Bewdley Station on
the Severn Valley Railway
Group Visits: Visits to other DMU Groups and Railways
Banbury North Signal Box Visit: Report Provided by Trevor Daw.
On 21st September Ian and I travelled by Chiltern to Banbury to join
a trip to view Banbury North Signal Box, before it is dismantled and demolished.
The resident signalmen have powered up the box from local sources to replicate how
a working box looks and sounds. There were about forty people in our party drawn
all over the Midlands. It was shame that Martin Crane was not on duty, because we
him from working SVR boxes. However, the ‘bobby’ on duty went through the
whole method of working, then giving us all a chance to operate the frame,
block bells and electric locks. What was planned as a one hour tour took over
one and half hours such was the interest by all the attendees. Meanwhile the
normal rail traffic stormed through the station which gave the visit much more
realism. We learnt that parts of the frame are going to Ironbridge with the block
shelf to create another display at Ironbridge Gorge Museum.
Other parts may well find their way to the Telford Steam Railway.
After the visit as we made our way along the platform we met old friend and SVR volunteer
Ian Baxter. He was on his way to view the box to list the items inside on the lever
and save as much as possible for future use elsewhere. It is nice to know that so
will be rescued. Not like Banbury South Box when it closed in July last.
The frame was sent to a scrap man, the roof removed, windows and
brickwork demolished overnight.