Glasgow St Enouch signal box

Introduction

St. Enoch signal box with its Westinghouse Brake & Saxby Signal Co. Ltd. Style 'L' Power Lever Frame was opened on 14th May 1933. It was built to a London, Midland & Scottish Railway Non Standard design. It continued in use for 34 years until closure of the station on the 26th November 1967

St Enoch Station was a former mainline railway station in the city Glasgow, the largest city in Scotland. Located on St Enoch Square in the city centre, it was opened by the Glasgow and South Western Railway before being taken over and then operated by the London Midland and Scottish Railway. It was a large station with 12 platforms and two impressive Semi-cylindrical glass/iron overall roofs. The station was closed in 1966 as part of the rationalisation of the public rail system undertaken by Richard Beeching. The roofs of the stucture were demolished, despite protests, in 1975. The St Enoch Hotel which fronted the station was demolished in 1977.

Glasgow St Enouch station, with trains aproaching

Above: The above picture was taken in 1955 by the Patrick Camera Club in Glasgow, they decided to take pictures of the Glasgow area in this year, and this is one of the few pictures that I have been able to track down of any aspect of St Enoch station.

St Enoch signalbox

The frame is a Westinghouse Style 'L' Power Frame which is all electrically locked. The frame was formed of 17 x 12 way sections which making a total of 203 levers, {17x12}-1 = 203 levers, as the last “lever” space is unavailable. 79 of these levers worked the points, 97 signal levers operated the coloured light signals, and 17 spare levers and 10 special levers when the frame was supplied and installed. This made the working lever total of 186.

Glasgow and Wembley frames (along with at least one in South Africa) all had the early type of cases with the heavier doors and the indication panel mounted vertically instead of a slight tilt back of the later frames, the early frames were not fitted with "F" lights either.

In contrast to Glasgow Central, St Enoch became colour light controlled very early under LMS auspices. This is a shot of the operating floor in BR days. The track diagram, still with the LMS logo was still intact long after the box closed. I never did find out what happened to it.

St.Enoch signalSE196

These signals were installed in 1933 as part of the St Enoch signal scheme, the top two are labelled SE196 are the main running signals and the lower two are labelled SE153 are the shunt signals. At this time / scheme there were no white route indicators as in today's railways. The two adjacent signals correspond one for each route of track. The lower centre unit is a marker light which was mounted on all signals in the St Enoch scheme, except those signals which were block signal post which led to adjecnt mechinically signaled area.

Adjacent boxes

On the CR/GSWR Joint Line to Kilmarnock

(by 1937) Langside Junction box 1m 330yds away until St. Enoch box closed.

Northwards on the City Union Line

St. Johns box 836yds away. St. Johns box was closed the same day St. Enoch box closed.

Southwards on the City Union Line

Port Eglinton Junction box 1672yds away. Port Eglinton Junction box was closed on 02/04/1967. I think the line was closed on this date but if the line remained open then Corkerhill No.1 (some distance away) became the adjacent box.