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Signalling Record Society

FARSAP logo Wrawby Junction

At the time this video was recorded in August 2014, Wrawby Junction was the third largest mechanical lever frame remaining in use on Network Rail. The box was opened 7 May 1916 replacing an earlier box that had been in situ by 1880. It is classified by the Society as Great Central Type 5*. The frame is a 132 lever Great Central tappet locked type which had been extended to 137 levers in the latter half of the 1930s*.

The geographic location of the signal box can be seen on a current OS Map. The map will place this 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.

Wrawby Junction in 2014 was a busy location for freight traffic with more freight than passenger trains passing by each day. Indeed, there were more freight trains passing by each day than passed any other location on the national railway network.


Video Credits

Filmed by: Richard Pulleyn & Dafydd Whyles
Filmed in: August 2014
Narrator: Richard Pulleyn
Signaller: Nick Jevic
Mobile Operations Manager: John Stocks
Video Editor: George Duncan

Key Chronology

1848 Brigg - Wrawby - Grimsby opened by Manchester, Sheffield & Lincolnshire Railway.
1848 Market Rasen Branch (line to Lincoln) opened by Manchester, Sheffield & Lincolnshire Railway.
1866 Keadby - Scunthorpe (Frodingham) - Wrawby opened by Trent, Ancholme & Grimsby Railway.
1882 Trent, Ancholme & Grimsby Railway acquired by Manchester, Sheffield & Lincolnshire Railway.
1897 Manchester, Sheffield & Lincolnshire Railway renamed Great Central Railway.
1913 Immingham Docks opened resulting in much increased traffic levels.
1923 Great Central Railway becomes part of the London & North Eastern Railway.

 


* An explanation of these classifications will be found in "The Signal Box" and in volume 3 (Eastern) of the Society's Signal Box Register series.


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