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Signal box book debut

PHOTOS of Shirley signal-box have been collected in a new book, by a local railway enthusiast.

PHOTOS of Shirley signal-box have been collected in a new book, by a local railway enthusiast.

Martin Creese, aged 40, has been busy taking pictures of the building, and two others at Bearley Junction and Henley-in-Arden.

Photos show the boxes as they look from the outside, the inner-workings and various trains passing by.

“The signalmen have been so kind letting me take a look at how the box operates,” said Martin.

“A couple of them are retiring and I thought that a book of photos would be a nice memento for them.

“I was surprised because there were so many members of the public who said they’d be interested in a copy.”

Martin, who lives in Shirley himself, said that the box used to be used to train signalmen who were new to the job.

Bearley and Henley-in-Arden have been pulled down by Network Rail, as part of re-signalling along the Birmingham to Stratford Line.

Despite a campaign to save it Shirley signal-box already closed on Friday and the workings have now been ripped out.

It’s believed that the rail authority will be demolishing the building itself this weekend.

“It’s a shame that despite all the affection for the box, the campaign to save it failed,” added Martin.

The Last Signal Boxes of the North Warwickshire Line is available at www.blurb.com/bookstore/detail/1654673

 

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