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