Spring 2017 started with a BANG! That was the sound of the starting pistol which had been fired after all the years of warming up: the Railway achieved its 25 year dream of holding the lease to enable our trains to run into Princes Risborough station. Now all we needed was a platform, some track and some signals, roughly in that order.
S&T work continued inside the box until the signing of the lease in spring 2017. Having the largest remaining Great Western signal box in the UK also means having the most signal box painting to do in the UK! Washing down countless years of railway grime, rubbing it all down, undercoating it and then finally top coating it was a daunting task. We made a good start in spring but after that the S&T team spent most of the summer and autumn working alongside other teams within CPRRA, finding Platform 4 buried in the undergrowth and then rebuilding it.
With the platform built we handed over the next step -
Princes Risborough North Signal Box; Recent History (2017/18)
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The operating floor partition was first installed when the signalling arrangement at Princes Risborough was simplified and the lever frame shortened, back in the eighties. It allowed part of the box to be an office and latterly a mess room for train crews. By reinstating it, we will be able to keep the ‘live’ operating area separate and open part of the box to the public in future.
2018 will see the S&T team in its element. Now that the Princes Risborough end of the line will again have points controlling train paths, there is all the work of reinstating the levers in the box such that they will throw sets of points. In fact, work on this has already started -
The new partition in all it’s glory
|The Wilderness Years|
|Recent history until Nov 2013|
|Recent works 2|
|Recent History (from 2014)|
|CPRRA Years (2017/18)|