Welcome to the Princes Risborough North Signal Box Website
This is a huge project, and will take several years to achieve. It will be entirely dependent on the volunteers of the CPRRA to do restoration work, to manage the project and to find the sources of funding to pay for it. We will need lots of help!
For more details on the CPRR, the history of the signal box, and our future plans for it please use the buttons on the left hand side. Please also consider whether you would like to help us restore this fine old building to use, either actively as a volunteer (and it's not just builders and engineers we need – there's a lot of paperwork to do in applying to funding bodies for grants etc.!) or by contributing financially. Again, please use the buttons on the left to find out more.
A familiar landmark to users of Princes Risborough station, this is the largest surviving Great Western Railway signal box in the country. It was built in 1904 to house 126 levers, and was the larger of two signal boxes controlling the layout (which was much more complex than it is today).
The Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway Association is a registered charity, number 1016237. It and the railway it owns are operated, managed, developed and maintained entirely by volunteers.
44 people visited the box during our Open Day. Hopefully the box will be open again in 2021.
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Visit the box in VR
You can now tour the Operating Floor in Virtual Reality. Go to the Visit the Box page.
Closed in 1991 when mechanical signalling was replaced with electronic systems controlled from Marylebone, the building survived (though in poor condition) because it is Grade II listed and because of efforts by the Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway Association. Members of that association (which owns and runs the preserved railway between Chinnor and Princes Risborough) are now seeking to restore the signal box.
The aim is to restore the building to good condition, fit all the relevant historical signalling equipment, and then re-open it as part of the Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway.
It will be open to the public as a working museum and visitor attraction, and will also be used to control CPRR trains when our line extends into Princes Risborough station.