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  • Britain's signalling heritage

    We are working with heritage organisations to document the history and way of life associated with signal boxes

  • The consolidation of more than 800 signal boxes into 14 state of the art rail operating centres begins the next chapter in the history of signalling on Britain’s railway. The introduction of a new rail traffic management technology in these centres will improve both capacity and performance on the railway network.

    We've been working with English Heritage, Historic Scotland, Cadw (Welsh Assembly Government) and the National Railway Museum to make sure there is a record of signal boxes for future generations.

    Historic Scotland

    As advances in technology signal the end for the humble box, Historic Scotland, in partnership with Network Rail, undertook a review of the nation’s surviving structures. The results were used to compile a new booklet, featuring images of some of the best surviving and most recognizable signal boxes, as well as an overview of how these buildings have been used over the centuries.

    The booklet is available free online (page turning format), or the PDF can be downloaded from 

    Signal box history

    Here you'll find information and links that relate to the history of signal boxes from their very earliest days to the present:

  • Lincoln East

    Signal box news

    English Heritage announces 26 signal boxes to be listed.   

    Railway signalling heritage to be recognised
    Severn Bridge Junction

    Signal box reviews

    Here you will find reviews of signal boxes conducted by heritage organisations.
    English Heritage report (PDF 1.2 MB)

    English Heritage signal box project
    Howsham signalbox 290x150

    Contact us

    If you are interested in acquiring a particular signal box please contact our asset disposal team by email.

    If your enquiry is about the history of signalling or the project as a whole please contact our archive team by email.

    Email us about the project
    Melton Mowbray Lever Frame

    Photo gallery

    Our Flickr site containing photographs of signal boxes taken by Charles Weightman in the course of his work as national signals principals engineer at Network Rail.

    Photo gallery