Built by the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway and opened in 1906, replacing an earlier box it has stood here for over 100 years maintaining signalling and the road crossing on a busy little section.
This line runs from Preston to Blackburn used by Special Tours, general passenger traffic and freight, some very heavy freight trains in fact.
The log train runs past here most days 1000’s of tonnes of wood going off to North Wales to be turned into furniture.
So in fairness thinking about it’s position so close to the track and the unusual overhang - a 100 year plus life span of its job is value for money and a credit to those who have stood in that spot working the box and maintaining it.
The purpose of the works is to prop the signal box to prevent any further movement.
The first phase has been completed. The second phase involves the installation of the Flying Shore System which once installed will stabilise the box.
The works will be undertaken on Sunday nights over a 9-week period, during the night. Reason being as Network Rail say:
“Safety is our priority and for this reason work of this nature must be carried out while trains are not running. Under the Network Rail licence conditions they are contractually obliged to work, whenever possible, at times that cause the least disruption to train services. Unfortunately, this means carrying out a lot of our improvements during the night and at weekends.”
Network Rail totally understand this inconvenience and disruption the work may cause. The machinery used means some disturbance is unavoidable, but they will keep it to a minimum the best they can.
Here are a few plans of the metal work being installed provided by Network Rail.
The box’s fate like I said is still booked in for demolition by 2026, and like many other boxes across the country will be committed to the history books and memories of those who cared to remember.
Finally it’s also said that the big Power Box at Preston built in the 70’s that replaced many of the older signal boxes across the area will be decommissioned by 2027, so get snapping to capture what will soon be gone.
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