Today, Friday 9th August, work began on restoring ‘Britain’s Busiest Signal Box’ to display condition. Over the next three weeks rotten wood will be cut out, new lap boarding applied and the whole structure given three coats of wood friendly paint.
The effect on Borough Market Junction was to create Britain’s busiest signal box as service density and the resulting time gaps between trains passing over the junction massively increased. With traffic peaking at 89 trains an hour, Borough Market Junction often required two signallers to keep the trains moving. It all ended in 1976, when the box was de-commissioned and brought to York.
Today, as part of the ongoing restoration project, the Museum is interested to hear from people who have memories of working in, maintaining or driving trains past this historic signal box. If you have memories to share please contact email@example.com