The Old Signal Box by fishers

The Old Signal Box

This building was originally a signal box that controlled part of the York railway station site. Other signal boxes controlled the station approaches to the north and south. The upper part of the building with it's large areas of glass was where the signalmen and lever frames were housed. Today the upper part is normally a Costa Coffee Shop, although at the moment it is closed due to Covid-19. It is entered from half way up the steps of the footbridge. Outside it's entrance is a rather attractive clock, with two large faces so that it can be clearly seen along the platforms, with a small face facing the footbridge for the benifit of passengers crossing it.

The lower floor is a WH Smiths bookshop / newsagents, with its entrance from the station concourse.

The signal box was built between 1900 and 1909. The footbridge was a later addition, being built in 1938-1939 when extra platforms were being built on the west side of the station.

Today, signalling is controlled from a Rail Operating Centre to the west of the station. The ultimate intention is that around 12 of these centres will control signalling for the entire country. The area that the York centre controls already extends over much of Yorkshire, and it will be extended to control the entire East Coast route from London to the Scottish border. Quite a contrast to the need for several mechanical signal boxes to control just the station area and it's immediate surroundings when this building was constructed.

Ian
So familiar! Always a welcoming sight when you arrive at York by train. I love that they kept the box and didn't dismantle it. Nice shot.
August 28th, 2020  
Yet another sight taken for granted. Didn’t know it’s history, just accepted it as part of the station. Thank you for the enlightenment
August 28th, 2020  
Outstanding composition that captures all of the neat lines and neat history
August 28th, 2020  
This is a lovely signal box. I'm so glad it's been kept and utilised. Great shot.
August 28th, 2020  
Love the details and lines interesting history too.
August 28th, 2020  
A lovely sign of the past. Fav!! 😀
August 28th, 2020  
Interesting history, nice that it's been saved and 'repurposed'
August 28th, 2020  
Nice Capture of a piece of history - fav
August 28th, 2020  
looks great in this image
August 28th, 2020  
Great capture of this nice railway station interior.
August 28th, 2020  
Wonderful capture. Great information.
August 28th, 2020  
What a great signal box, so glad it has been kept in pristine condition.
August 29th, 2020  
How fabulous that they have kept it, love the blue and white
August 29th, 2020  
This is so pretty and neat. How nice to see it kept in such good condition after all these years! Well done to those concerned. Thank you for sharing this lovely capture.
August 29th, 2020  
Great shot. Nice when things like this are preserved
August 29th, 2020  
@casablanca @jesika2 @seattlite @pattyblue @craftymeg @carolmw @francesc @pdulis @koalagardens @pyrrhula @vernabeth @onewing @kjarn @sangwann @bkbinthecity

Thank you all for your lovely comments and favs, they are very much appreciated.

I'm glad so many of you appreciate the value of keeping and repurposing this building.

Ian
August 29th, 2020  
great composition, of this neat and pretty station
Thanks for info.
Find your history so fascinating
August 29th, 2020  
Is the original Rocket still at the NRM, would be good to see a photo, might even get there one day...
August 29th, 2020  
@ninaganci

Thank you Nina - York has so much history to see!

Ian
August 30th, 2020  
@jesika2

Yes it is Jesika - it is staying in the museum long term. I've just posted a collage of it.

Ian
August 30th, 2020  
Leave a Comment
Sign up for a free account or Sign in to post a comment.