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St Albans South Signal Box

Built in 1892, this Midland Railway signal box contains a 44 lever frame dating from 1904 or before. It is the largest such box in preservation, and one of the few boxes open to the public next to a busy operational main line. The way the box worked is demonstrated using the original lever frame, and visitors are encouraged to have a go themselves. There are working signals in the garden and a museum downstairs.

The building has been structurally restored, painted and rewired and is now a valued community resource and heritage attraction. It has been recognised with awards from several bodies. Video of the box before closure, slide-show of the restoration and posters about the box can also be seen.

This lever frame is restored to working condition and a simulated signalling system replicates the procedures used in the box’s working life. The ‘locking’ room on the ground floor has been turned into a museum and new toilet facilities installed. Much work has already gone into the surrounding land turning it into a ‘signalman’s garden’.

The way the box worked is demonstrated using the original lever frame, and visitors are encouraged to have a go themselves. There are working signals in the garden and a museum downstairs. Video of the box before closure, slide-show of the restoration and posters about the box can also be seen.

Light refreshments are available when the box is open.

Garden and ground floor, including toilet, are accessible, but we regret due to the nature of this listed building there is no wheelchair access to the 1st floor (long external staircase).

 

 

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