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Signalling Record Society

FARSAP logo Castlerock

Castlerock had a signal box by the 1870s but the present Northern Ireland Railways design signal box dates from 1969 when it replaced its predessor which had been located at the Londonderry end of the station and took over control of the level crossing.

An interesting and unusual feature of the signal box was the access arrangement to the locking room. This consisted of a trap door in the operating floor and a short ladder downwards; no external access to the ground floor being provided. The trap door was usually hidden under the signalman's arm chair.


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Video Credits

Filmed by: Phil Graham and John Lacy
Filmed in: 2015 and 2016
Narrator: Phil Graham
Video Editor: George Duncan

Key Chronology

1853 Line opened by the Londonderry and Coleraine Railway, crossing loop provided.
1861 Operation taken over by the Belfast & Northern Counties Railway.
1871 Londonderry and Coleraine Railway purchased by the Belfast & Northern Counties Railway.
1903 Amalgamated with the Midland Railway and administered by the Northern Counties Committee.
1903 Northern Counties Committee became part of the London, Midland & Scottish Railway.
1948 Northern Counties Committee transferred to British Transport Commission, Railway Executive.
1949 Northern Counties Committee sold to Ulster Transport Authority.
1967 Became Ulster Transport Railways.
1968 Became Northern Ireland Railways.
1996 Translink created to integrate rail with Ulsterbus and Citybus.

 


Can you help?

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