Kingscote signal box

Kingscote currently has two signal cabins - but only one is operational. Alongside the points to the south of the station is a temporary signal box, built by the Bluebell Railway, which entered service on 27th April 1996 and was passed for two-train operation on 15th May 1996. This box is built around a ground frame and will be used for some time to come. The re-opened line to East Grinstead will initially be controlled from the South box, but this box will eventually be de-commissioned once the final signalling scheme north of Kingscote has been completed.

At the north end of the present down platform is another cabin, rescued from Brighton Upper Goods Yard, which sat for many years in the top yard at Sheffield Park with the thought that it might one day replace the existing platform box there.

Kingscote signal box exterior

This cabin, erected at Kingscote on 30th August 1996 in a very similar position to the original Kingscote Box, graces the station with its authentic aura until we are able to fit it out as the final phase of the signalling on the northward extension to East Grinstead. Its first use is to host a token machine for the single line to the north of Kingscote. This machine, interlocked with one in the South Box, will enable a token to be issued from either box as may be convenient, during the period while the signalling on the extension is controlled from the South Box.

kingscoat frame 1

The project to install a historically important Southern Railway/Region Westinghouse 'L' frame to take over all the signalling at Kingscote is now progressing, and will also eventually take over control of the East Grinstead layout and the interface with Network Rail, which is currently handled by a pair of ground frames interlocked through the use of the Anetts Key on the token.

Pictures taken during the mechinical instation of the lever frame in August 2014. Reproduced by kind permission of © Brian Hyams.

kingscoat frame 2

Pictures taken during the mechinical instation of the lever frame in August 2014.
Reproduced by kind permission of © Brian Hyams.

kingscoat frame 1

Pictures taken during the mechinical instation of the lever frame in November 2014.
Reproduced by kind permission of © Brian Hyams.

kingscoat frame 2

Pictures taken during the mechinical instation of the lever frame in November 2014.
Reproduced by kind permission of © Brian Hyams.

kingscoat frame 3

Pictures taken during the mechinical instation of the lever frame in November 2014.
Reproduced by kind permission of © Brian Hyams.

Adjacent boxes

To the South

Horsted Keynes.

To the North

none, but the line continues to East Grinstead. The signalling at East Grinstead will be controlled from this L frame