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The small signalbox at Amberley on 2nd May 2011

Amberley

 

The small signalbox at Amberley, dating from 1934, is well known from Ted Cook's entertaining memoir "Sussex Signalman", though many of his anecdotes were first published in Live Rail issues 3, 4 and 5 in 1971.  Rather more recently, operations at Amberley were described in Live Rail 234, June 2010. This picture was taken on 2nd May 2011.

 

Billingshurst signal box on 26th August 2007

Billingshurst

 

Billingshurst is a unique survivor of a very early design of Saxby & Farmer box.  It was erected at Billingshurst in the 1870s, but probably came second hand from an unknown location.  Very similar boxes can be seen in early engravings of the Brighton railway published in the Illustrated London News. This picture was taken on 26th August 2007.

 

Pulborough signal box on 2nd May 2011

Pulborough

 

Pulborough station is a remarkably complete survivor, still with its with main station building, goods shed, platform canopies, signalbox and semaphore signals.  The signalbox is also a Saxby & Farmer one, but to a later design, built in 1878.  The lever frame is newer and the interlocking was renewed as recently as 2005. This picture was taken on 2nd May 2011.