Bristol Area Signal Boxes

Ashley Hill
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Bristol Area Signal Boxes

Post by Ashley Hill » Sat Sep 28, 2019 8:26 am

Hello,
I've been trying to find pictures of Westerleigh North signal box. Although a 50s closure the structure survived well into the 60s.
I'm also hunting for photos of Claverham and Yatton East, both of which seem quite elusive.
Can anybody point me in the right direction ?
Cheers

madhattie
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Re: Bristol Area Signal Boxes

Post by madhattie » Sat Sep 28, 2019 12:52 pm

There are pictures of Westerleigh North Here :)

Ashley Hill
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Re: Bristol Area Signal Boxes

Post by Ashley Hill » Sat Sep 28, 2019 4:02 pm

Thanks Madhattie. I was thinking more of the GWR box which the 28xx is probably passing. In one of Pete Rendall's books Wilf Stanley describes how the closed Westerleigh North and curve to Westerleigh East was reinstated to stable a Royal train in the early 60s (?).

Andy Kirkham
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Re: Bristol Area Signal Boxes

Post by Andy Kirkham » Sat Sep 28, 2019 10:37 pm

I've just looked in my copy of Steam Around Bristol by Gerry Nichols featuring the photos of the late Mark Warburton. There are photos where both Claverham and Yatton East boxes are just visible in the far distance; all that can be deduced is that both seemed to be of all-timber construction.

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Re: Bristol Area Signal Boxes

Post by Andy Kirkham » Sun Sep 29, 2019 5:28 pm

I asked Gerry if there are any pictures of those boxes in Mark's archive, and I'm afraid his answer was:

The simple answer is no because all three were remote from any public road or other access, the signalman presumably cycling along the line to the box.

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Re: Bristol Area Signal Boxes

Post by Ashley Hill » Sun Sep 29, 2019 7:37 pm

Cheers,
Clearly there was too much happening at Yatton for photographers to venture east. Sadly this was the case for many boxes that were out in the sticks. However there were signalling enthusiasts in the steam days so I'm not giving up hope. My only picture of Lympsham for example is a distant shot from Brean Platform.

Ashley Hill
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Re: Bristol Area Signal Boxes

Post by Ashley Hill » Sun Dec 01, 2019 8:10 pm

Hello. Another box I'm trying to find a photo of is Hutton on the Weston avoider. This seems another camera shy box. Cheers Ashley.

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Re: Bristol Area Signal Boxes

Post by Rivercider » Wed Dec 04, 2019 11:30 am

At Yatton you don't mean the ground frame on the down platform do you?
In 'Somerset and Avon Railways in old photographs' collected by Kevin Robertson there is a photo that shows the little ground frame under the footbridge.
I am guessing Yatton East dated from later, after the running loops were added?

cheers

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Re: Bristol Area Signal Boxes

Post by Rivercider » Wed Dec 04, 2019 11:31 am

Ashley Hill wrote:
Sun Dec 01, 2019 8:10 pm
Hello. Another box I'm trying to find a photo of is Hutton on the Weston avoider. This seems another camera shy box. Cheers Ashley.
Where was this box, at Old Weston Junction?

cheers

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Re: Bristol Area Signal Boxes

Post by Ashley Hill » Thu Dec 05, 2019 8:41 pm

Thanks for that,I didn't know about the ground frame.
Yatton East was between Claverham and Yatton. It controlled the country ends of the goods loops from Claverham plus an extension of the down loop towards Yatton.
Hutton was on the Weston avoiding line between Worle Jct and Uphill Jct.
Yatton East closed on 06/09/64
Hutton closed on 07/6/64

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