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Sleight's Signal Box

The box was built in 1892 by the Midland Railway company and on the Pye Bridge to Kirkby line located on the small road called Alexander Terrace which crossed the line to Pinxton wharf.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hard to imagine are the large number of sidings that were once connected to this box between Sleight's Sdings West and East. After rationalisation of the track the box hung onto a sinding released from a ground frame and it's wheel operated gates until finally the 16 lever frame was replaced with On 29th June 1980 with lifting barriers and a new IFS panel commissioned.

This two swith IFS panel controlled the Up and Down lines with the flick of a switch.

The left hand switxh is in the "Off" postion and SE1 is cleared for a train to head towards Pye Bridge.

On the right the switch is covered with a "reminder" appliance. This was because the signals to Pinxton were not locked by the block could in fact be cleared at any time! The reminder was supposed to make the signaller stop and think before they cleared the it.

                       Pic by Nick Allsop

 

he box was in use for over a century until it closed at 14:07 on the 9th June 2007 when it was decommissioned and thankfully saved by a car dismantler in Pinxton who did not want to see it destroyed.

Bought by volunteers who run the Bolton Abbey Steam railway railway for 1,000 the price paid to Network Rail by the car dismantler the signal box cost a further 3,000 to transport to Yorkshire.

Now installed at Bolton Abbey station, it is expected to cost 50,000 and take about five years work to bring it back into working order to be used as a demonstration signal box open to the public.

Embsay & Bolton Abbey Steam Railway business manager Stephen Walker said: "Cosmetically it will be restored within the next year. Then within five years it will be working for the public to go in and see how it works.

"It means people can go somewhere where they have never been allowed to go on railways. They are not allowed to go into signal boxes on any railway. It will be somewhere they can go in and see how it all works and have it explained to them.

"It will also be a very good asset for schools and will be very good for the public. It will be a closed place that will be finally opened up to them."

It is hoped that the new addition to the station will eventually be fitted out as Bolton Abbey's original signal box was, complete with all the instruments, offering visitors a feel for the job of a signalman.

The station's original signal box was destroyed in 1965 when Bolton Abbey station was closed down.

Its existing signal box, which is used to operate the trains running along the steam railway, was installed when the railway to Bolton Abbey was reopened in 1997.

The Sleights Sidings East signal box, which is 40 ft high, had to be cut in half because it was too big to move by road in one piece from Pinxton to Yorkshire.

After being sliced horizontally, the two pieces were put on to two low loaders and lifted with large cranes at each end before being transported to Bolton Abbey station.

"There were a number of cranes to off-load it and then erect it again by putting the two pieces back together," said Mr Walker. "Getting it out at the other end was difficult because it was a very narrow restricted area but they (the volunteers) always had the confidence they would do it. There were only inches to spare but they knew they could get it out.

"They need to replace some of the wood and obtain and rebuild a complete signal frame. Then they have to connect it and design the interlocking so it all works. The signal boxes were always designed to be fail-safe and that will be recreated in the box. People can then see how it actually works."

Work to tidy up the interior of the box started as soon as it touched the ground, with broken glass and rubbish removed and old wiring taken off the walls before the box was reassembled.

Since being transported to Yorkshire last Christmas, work has been going on to transform the signal box.

Furniture has been acquired from Stanlow and Thornton signal box, which has recently been demolished. The workings of the signal box will be coming from the current Embsay signal box which will be undergoing a refit.

 

 

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Sleight's Signal Box

In this 1974 view, the box is still controlling wheel operated gates and there is a plentiful suply of coal for the stove under the box steps. The Fire bucket stands are still place, but where have the buckets gone?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sleight's East at it's new home of the Embsay and Bolton Abbey Steam railway. This view shows it in as removed conditon, apart of course for the missing door which was taken away and used on the Pinxton box after it's move to Barow Hill. 

 

 

 

 

 1972 Sectional  Appendix
Up Line Down
Trent    TCB TCB
Sleights Absolute Block Absolute Block
:Pinxton Absolute Block Absolute Block
Upper Portland
Absolute Block Absolute Block
Absolute Block Absolute Block
Absolute Block Absolute Block
Absolute Block
Absolute Block

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sleight's East at it's new home of the Embsay and Bolton Abbey Steam railway. This view shows it in as removed conditon, apart of course for the missing door which was taken away and used on the Pinxton box after it's move to Barow Hill. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Although only a screen shot for the SimSig Trent signalling game, the picture below does however give a representation of how the line is now signalled using a computer based system in the East Midlands Control Centre Derby.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sleight's East