End of an Era… (Again)

Tonight numerous ex Great Central signal boxes between Scunthorpe and Cleethorpes have rung out for the last time, as Network Rail plough on with their vanity re signalling project.

Having taken a trip to the area this week to grab modelling detail photos of the boxes, I thought I would share some photos of the boxes just closed tonight – some more detailed shots will appear after Christmas.

These boxes have served their purpose for well over 100 years and to see them go is a great shame, but such is progress…. It was sad to stand there hearing the bells chime, knowing by the end of this week they would fall silent. Let us not forget the dozens of staff working over Christmas to get this work done, they are a credit to the rail industry.


Appleby (Lincs)
Barrow Road Crossing (New Holland)
Oxmarsh Crossing (New Holland)
Ulceby Jct
Roxton Sidings
Marsh Jct (Great Coates, Grimsby)
Wrawby Jct (Barnetby)
Barnetby East
Barnetby East
On that note, thanks for reading the blog this year following us restarting  posts after some time away, and too all readers, a Merry Christmas.

Now, I’m off to scratch build a signal box!



4 thoughts on “End of an Era… (Again)

  1. On a positive note, Barrow Road, Oxmarsh and Goxhill are not closing! Goxhill will now fringe with York ROC.

    Some really nice staff in North Lincolnshire – fortunately there have been no compulsory redundancies, either voluntary severance or redeployment. A number are moving to the Hull mainline.

    Hope you have a good Christmas! May the day bring you many train shaped gifts!

    1. That’s great news James! I did read a comment that that was the case but it was some time ago, and I was unable to find anything else to confirm so guessed they were closing….

      I photo’d a couple of other boxes on my travels, Northope, Kirton Lime Sidings, Medge Hall and Keadby Canal Jct so will add photos of these at some point too.

      Hope you and your family have a great Christmas and all the best for the new year!

      1. The boxes which are closing are, Appley (Lincs) SB, Elsham SB, Wrawby Jcn SB, Barnetby East SB, New Barnetby Crossing, Brocklesby Jcn SB, Ulceby Jcn SB, Thornton ABbey Crossing, Roxton Sidings SB, Stallingborough SB (a new PSB which is just a few years old!), Pasture Street SB and Immingham East SB (though will be retained and manned only as required). Ninety jobs in all have gone.

        Very much an end of an era in North Lincolnshire…

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