Signalling Record Society
Canterbury East signal box is now closed but remains as a listed building. OS Map.
Wye Area Control Centre is located close to Canterbury West signal box and controls the line between Ashford and Canterbury West. OS Map.
Wye Station level crossing is operated by a gate keeper. OS Map.
Canterbury West signal box spans the tracks on a substantial girder bridge. OS Map.
The geographic location of the stations and signal boxes can be seen on a current OS Map by following the links above. The map will place the selected location at the centre of the map panel, roll the mouse over the icon(s) to reveal what they represent. Increase the scale using the scale selector on the left to separate closely positioned icons.
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|Filmed by:||Richard Pulleyn and Neil Mackay|
|Filmed in:||October 2017|
|Signallers:||Kelly Hamilton (Wye Area Control Centre), Adam James (Canterbury West),
Paul Sutton (Wye Area Control Centre)
|Deputy Local Operations Manager:||Nick Wellington|
|Video Editor:||Derek Young|
|1830||Canterbury & Whitstable Railway opened.|
|1846||South Eastern Railway opens line from Ashford to Ramsgate including stations at Wye and Canterbury and a chord connection to the Canterbury & Whitstable Railway.|
|1853||Canterbury & Whitstable Railway absorbed by South Eastern Railway.|
|1860||London, Chatham & Dover Railway opens extension from Faversham to Canterbury.|
|1861||London, Chatham & Dover Railway opens extension onward from Canterbury to Dover. Absolute block working in force.|
|by 1863||Block working in use by SER.|
|1874||Canterbury No.1 and No.2 signal boxes opened by SER.|
|by 1887||Canterbury signal box opened by LCDR.|
|1889||South Eastern Railway extends Elham Valley branch from Bishopsbourne to Harbledown Junction including a station at Canterbury South.|
|1899||LCDR & SER form a joint committee to work the two companies as a single entity but both companies remain legally separate. LCDR station renamed Canterbury East. SER station renamed Canterbury West.|
|c1911||Canterbury East signal box replaced.|
|1918||Connecting loop between LCDR and SER lines opened.|
|1920||Connecting loop between LCDR and SER lines closed.|
|1928||Canterbury West Signal Box opened replacing Canterbury West No.1 and No.2 signal boxes.|
|1940||Elham Valley branch closed other than Cheriton to Lyminge section.|
|1941||Connecting loop between LCDR and SER lines reopened.|
|1953||Connecting loop between LCDR and SER lines closed.|
|1959||Canterbury East line electrified.|
|1961||Canterbury West line electrified.|
|2003||Ashford to Canterbury West changed to track circuit block working. Wye Area Control Centre opened. Chartham and Wye signal boxes closed, replaced by ground frames released by the control centre to control the level crossings.|
|2004||Canterbury West to Sturry changed to track circuit block working.|
|2011||Canterbury East signal box closed.|
An explanation of signal box classifications will be found in "The Signal Box" and in the Society's Signal Box Register series of books.
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