Signalling Record Society - 50 Years
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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|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|
|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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