Tutbury Crossing Signal Box :: Shared Description

The signal box was built for the North Staffordshire Railway by Mackenzie and Holland in 1872 to their Type 1 design, before the NSR standardised their signal box design. It retains the 1897 M & H 5" lever frame, (although many of the levers are missing), together with other original internal features. Although the windows have been replaced with modern UPVC frames, these respect the original fenestration.
The box was Listed Grade II in August 2013 as part of English Heritage's campaign to ensure the survival of a representative selection of signal boxes. Modern signalling and train control practice is expected to have made all traditional signal boxes redundant within a decade or so.
The initial EH listing identifies the name board on the front of the signal box as an original NSR sign, although it appears to be the standard British Railways enamel sign of the 1950s period in London Midland Region maroon. This in itself is of historic interest as few signs of this era of remain in situ. Most were replaced by the revised standard signs introduced from 1965 with the double-arrow logo. This one probably survives as it is not in a passenger-oriented location - signal box names did not normally appear in this style as most retained their traditional name boards for the same reason.
by Alan Murray-Rust
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SK2129 : Tutbury Crossing by Alan Murray-Rust
SK2129 : Tutbury Crossing Signal Box by Alan Murray-Rust
SK2129 : Tutbury Crossing signal box by M J Richardson
SK2129 : Tutbury Crossing Signal Box by Alan Murray-Rust
SK2129 : These that are now vanishing-Hatton, Derbyshire by Martin Richard Phelan

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Created: Wed, 26 Feb 2014, Updated: Wed, 26 Feb 2014

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