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HISTORY OF MECHANICAL RAILWAY SIGNALLING IN THE DERBY AREA

Lodon Road Junction signal box photographed from the front, station end

Research into the mechanical signalling which once existed on the railways around Derby, Burton–on–Trent and Uttoxeter

Welcome to the Derby Signalling web site. This is a place for me to share the results of several years of research into the history of mechanical signalling, centred on the railways which came under the control of Derby Power Signal Box. I hope you find some useful and interesting material here. Even if railways in general, or signalling in particular, are not your "thing", there is plenty of local interest relating to the Derby area.

If this is your first visit, or you want a brief introduction to the history of railway signalling around Derby, then this essay is for you.

The latest updates to the site...

August 2015

Regular visitors to the site will have noticed I have been gradually sprucing things up a little after a long period of what can only be described as stagnation. I have tried to bring all the content up-to-date and improve the consistency of presentation (and hopefully make all the pages “play nice” with modern web browsers). This has culminated with a complete refresh of this front page. All the material which was once here has been moved to their own pages, linked appropriately in the lists below. There are several bits & bobs of new material sprinkled around the site in addition to the highlights which follow...

I have added a new page detailing the curious chronology of Coton Park Sidings (between Swadlincote Junction and Gresley on the Burton – Leicester line). This place is an eternal mystery; having four very distinct periods of existence. More-to-the-point, it seems that the box was never photographed, despite surviving as (comparatively) late as 1964. The page concludes with a heartfelt appeal for further information!

It has been a while, for which I apologise, but I am delighted to share some new material on the web site at last. Actually, it's a mix of New (i.e. "today") with a sprinkling of Old to compare. Anyway, see for yourself as I share with you the results of my North Staffordshire Sojourn! Meanwhile, I will try and find something else from the archives to share... Come back soon.

Details of the Derby Area Signalling Project and research resources

Some articles of general interest about signalling in the Derby area

Focus on...

A series of studies of the signalling at locations within the Derby area. The objective of the work is to concentrate on the equipment, the men and the work done in the box, whilst giving an idea of the context of the surrounding railway.

Some pages relating to specific signal boxes or areas

Ambergate North Junction signal box viewed from the north end of Ambergate Station looking toward Crich Juncton

Resources relating to signalling in other areas

As well as the Derby area, my other strong signalling interest is the Nottingham — Lincoln line and the Newark area.

Fiskerton Junction
Fiskerton Junction - photographed from its Down Home signal (21) by John Rose in 1966
... and a modern comparison
... and photographed by an intrepid NR employee in 2005.
(Any authorised volunteers fancy repeating the exercise Ten Years On?)

If you'd like to discuss matters specifically concerning subjects on this site, please contact me. For more general signalling matters, I strongly urge you to go to "The Signalbox".

You will, I'm sure, also be interested in The Midland Railway Society and The Signalling Record Society web sites.

There are a large number of local history photographs to browse and buy, including a lot of railway related subjects, on the Picture The Past web site - highly recommended.

For a good selection of signal box photos, with many Midland Railway examples, Dave Strickland's site is also well worth a look.

The Midland Railway - Butterley have, for many years, used the former Pye Bridge branch (including the sites of Butterley Jn., Butterley Station, Swanwick Jn., and Ironville Jn.) to recreate the unique aspects of Midland Railway signalling. You can read all about the signalling on the line on their website. While I'm at it, it is only fair to mention Peak Rail at Matlock and the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway at Wirksworth though neither says much about their signalling on their web sites.

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The Small Print: The majority of photographs used on this site are not mine. Wherever possible the original photographer is credited and the image is used with permission. Where I have been unable to seek such permission, I sincerely hope that the photographer will acknowledge that the images are used in an educational spirit and absolutely no financial gain is involved. To that end, visitors may not reproduce any image from this site - in the event you wish to do so, please contact me and I will try and put you in touch with the person whose consent you need. As far as the text on the site is concerned, that is almost all mine. Unless otherwise indicated, Visitors are free to reuse any text or information they find on this site for any purpose. The only restriction is that I ask for an acknowledgement to www.derby-signalling.org.uk where applicable, and I absolutely insist on the courtesy of being informed of any such use if commercial gain is involved. Thank you.


Dave Harris, Willington, Derby, UK.
Email: dave@derby-signalling.org.uk
Site last updated: 19:31 Monday, 31 August 2015
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