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Signalling Record Society - 50 Years

FARSAP logo Deal and Minster

For this video we visit the county of Kent and find two of the few remaining traditional signal boxes.

Deal Signal Box was a Southern Railway 'art deco' signal box built to replace both the previous Deal signal box at the station and the resident crossing keeper. OS Map.

Minster Signal Box replaced three older signal boxes that had been located at each corner of the triangle.OS Map.

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Video Credits

Filmed by: Neil Mackay, Richard Pulleyn, Charles Weightman
Still Pictures by: Richard Pulleyn, Charles Weightman
Filmed In: October 2017
Narrators: Meil Mackay, Nick Wellington
Signallers: Steve Saunders (Minster)
Local Operations Manager: John Potter
Historical Advisor: John Creed
Video Editor: Derek Young

Key Chronology

1846 South Eastern Railway opened their line from Ashford to Ramsgate (Town) via Canterbury and Minster. Minster station opened.
1847 South Eastern Railway opened a branch from Minster to Deal. Deal station opened.
1881 Dover & Deal Joint Line opened from Buckland Junction on the London, Chatham & Dover Railway in Dover to an end on junction with the South Eastern Railway at Deal.
South Eastern Railway opened a south to east curve at Minster to allow through running to Ramsgate without reversing at Minster station. Curve disused early on and South signal box removed.
1899 LCDR & SER form a joint committee to work the two companies as a single entity but both companies remain legally separate.
1905 Probable abolition of Minster East and Minster South signal boxes, line between out of use since 1881.
1916 Track lifted from rarely if ever used south to east curve at Minster.
1926 Ramsgate Town station closed, replaced by new Ramsgate station.
1929 Minster west to south realigned. Replacement Minster signal box. Down and up directions reversed to become down from Dover to Ramsgate.
1961 Ashford - Ramsgate and Dover - Minster electrified.
1982 Minster west to south reverted to original alignment.
1980 Dover - Martin Mill changed to track circuit block.
1998 Martin Mill - Deal changed to track circuit block.
2003 Ashford - Canterbury changed to track circuit block.
2004 Ashford - Sturry changed to track circuit block.

 


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