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GWR Route: Banbury to Wolverhampton

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A view of Leamington Spa Shed from the boundary by the canal taken in May 1965, shortly before the shed closed

A low resolution version of the Signalling Diagram for Leamington Spa South Junction Signal Box produced courtesy of the Signalling Record Society (S.R.S.). Details of how to purchase their full resolution content is available here.

Leamington South Junction Signal Box was built to control the junction with the link line to the LNWR line to Rugby. The date the Signal Box opened is not available, but the link line opened on 10th July 1908 and the Signal Box was working prior to this. The opportunity was taken for this new Signal Box to also replace the small Leamington Engine Shed Signal Box, which had opened in 1905 to control access to and from the Locomotive Yard and Carriage Sidings. Records show that two pairs of cast iron Signal Box name plates were ordered for the Signal Box as follows:

Order 258 on 20th January 1908 - Leamington South Junction Signal Box.

Order 274 on 29th October 1913 - Leamington Spa South Junction Signal Box

The Signal Box was a standard Great Western Railway brick built design with a hipped slate roof and stovepipe chimney (type 7D). The operating floor was 29 feet long by 12 feet wide and was 11 feet above rail level. It housed thirty-four levers at four inch centres in a horizontal tappet, three bar locking frame and there was also a separate two lever frame for remotely placing detonators on the main line tracks. The windows had the characteristic three up two down window panes (see also leamington-shed.signalbox).

The opening hours for Leamington Spa South Junction Signal Box over a selection of years are given in the following table:

Service Time Table Signal Box Opened Signal Box Closed
Summer 1916 Open continuously
Summer 1929 Monday 5:45 a.m. Sunday 6:00 a.m.
Winter 1930 Monday 4:45 a.m. Sunday 6:00 a.m.
Summer 1938 Monday 3:30 a.m. Sunday 6:00 a.m.
Summer 1939 Monday 3:30 a.m. Sunday 6:00 a.m.
Winter 1945 Open continuously
Winter 1947 Open continuously
Summer 19498 Open continuously
Summer 1952 Open continuously
Winter 1954 Open continuously

Robert Ferris