Final chapter for Ashton Moss North signalbox

SIGNALLER Steve Kennedy closed Ashton Moss North Junction box for the last time on April 14, marking the end of a small chapter in railway history, writes Richard Horner.

Ashton Moss was the last Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway (LYR) Horwich-built, all-timber ’box, with its original frame, in use on the national network.

Ashton Moss North Junction on March 22. It was the last LYR Horwich Works all-timber signalbox, with original lever frame, in use on the national network. RICHARD HORNER

It was erected in 1911 using pre-fabricated wooden sections and cladding enclosing a steel 56-lever signal frame, all manufactured in the company’s Lancashire works.

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Prior to 1889, contractors built signalboxes for the company, but from that year the LYR took production in-house, using a modified version of the Railway Signal Co frame.

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