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Aughton Road

Aughton Road signal box by the Down Main line alongside Aughton Road level crossing in Southport. Friday 18th January 1991

 

Aughton Road signal box was located by the Down Main line alongside Aughton Road level crossing in Southport, and was a Midland Railway type 4d design fitted with a 15 lever Railway Executive Committee frame and a two lever frame which was opened in 1928 as a non block post by the London Midland & Scottish Railway Company, replacing an 1878-built Saxby & Farmer type 8 design signal box located in the same spot. The 2 lever frame controlled tram signals protecting the level crossing and was removed in the early 1930s, possibly before the tram system finally closed on 31st December 1934. The level crossing gates were replaced by lifting barriers on 25th March 1990. The signal box closed at 7pm on 11th March 1994, but was officially abolished on 21st March 1994 when control of the level crossing passed to Merseyrail signal box by means of closed circuit television. After closure the signal box and lever frame were moved to the Brookside Garden Centre at Poynton for preservation

 

The signal box carries a London Midland & Scottish Railway Company post-1935 design nameboard

 

By the locking room door is an empty holder for three fire buckets

 

Ref no 12219

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Taken on January 18, 1991