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Disused Branckers Siding Signal Box Circa 1960s
Photo: Harry Gardner
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Item #: 14778
A photo of the disused & vandalised BR (LMR) Type 15 signal box at branckers siding (which was located between gathurst & douglas bank signal boxes)
Apparantly this signal box was specially built by British rail to serve the HJ Heinz plant with a dedicated rail connection to the national network,but was never used & became known as the signal box that never was.

Comment by: Stuart Magrath on 15th January 2011 at 19:46

I well remember playing in here as a child in the 60s. It was amazing with all the levers and switches. Fortunately, they weren't connected up to anything. Since learned that Heinz rejected the idea of railway freight transport due to the cost of a dedicated line. £100,000 was a lot back then but they must be kicking themselves now!

Comment by: Antony Graham on 2nd October 2016 at 17:53

The signal box opened on 25th June 1958 and closed on 26th April 1964 (its disconnection date). Although capable of being used it does not appear to have been manned and was definitely out of use by 11th September 1961.

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