Rolvenden Signal Box

2013 - Kent and East Sussex Railway - Rolvenden - signal boxMy tour of Rolvenden Works on the Kent and East Sussex Railway, had an added bonus that I wasn’t expecting – a look inside the substantial signal box.  It is the line’s largest signal box and like everything (save the concrete water tower) on the site, was installed in preservation.  The design is based on LB&SCR practice (specifically Coulsdon North box) and over the years components have been sourced from Gipsy Hill, Westgate-on-Sea and Mitcham Junction signal box.

Kent and East Sussex Railway Rolvenden tour 2016 (58) inside signal boxThe signalman explained the importance of this signal box – Rolvenden has a locomotive works, yard, new carriage storage facility, a single station platform with passing loop and sidings.  Plenty to keep a signalman occupied, particularly when peak services are operating.

Kent and East Sussex Railway Rolvenden tour 2016 (60) inside signal box

As is common with much that you see at the preserved K&ESR, the signal box provides support for operations way beyond what would have been seen in its operating days, which given the fate of much of UK’s railways, is pleasing to see.  Who might have guessed that Rolvenden would ever be such an important station?!

Kent and East Sussex Railway Rolvenden tour 2016 (61) inside signal box tokenWe’ll look at the huge carriage storage facility next.  Until then, thanks for stopping by!

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