Deal Street signal box was opened on 10th March 1929 by the London, Midland & Scottish Railway. It was built to a non standard design by a local builder and was fitted with a 99 lever Westinghouse Brake & Saxby Signal Co. Ltd. Style 'K' frame (frame was number 34).
When installed the frame had eight spare spaces at the high numbered end, but the frame was extended to 103 levers by the addition of levers A-D at the opposite end of the frame. The additional levers controlled points and signals previously controlled by Salford signal box.
It was closed 00:30 hours on 31st July 1998 when signalling of the area was taken over by Manchester North Signalling Centre.
Picture above by kind permission of © David A Ingham, shows the signalbox in its later years on the 22nd July 1990.
The Manchester Deal Street lever frame is a Westinghouse Style 'K' Power Frame and was mechanically interlocked between levers with electrical lever locking. The frame was had a total of 103 levers.
pictures by kind permission of © David A Ingham, shows the signalbox in its later years on the 22nd July 1990.
The Westinghouse Brake & Saxby Signal Co. Ltd lever frame, with its levers indications built into the panel.
The Westinghouse Brake & Signal Co. Ltd lever frame, with its indicators behind the levers, the 4 glass roundels showed the signal aspect, being Red, Yellow, Green & 2nd Yellow reading from bottom to top.
Immediately above the levers and clearly visible above the signal and point indications behind the levers are the block instruments which consisted of the traditional bell tapper the three way block switch for sending 'line blocked' or 'line clear' or 'train on line'. The receiving block instrument indications were by red light for 'train on line' and green light for 'line clear' rather than the more traditional block instruments indicators.
Closeup 'The Westinghouse Brake & Saxby Signal Co. Ltd' manufactures nameplate, sewed attached to the maghoany wood casing.
Photographed above is the western approaches to Manchester Victoria Station with Deal Street signalbox in the immediate left background, note the circular cluster type 4 aspect signals on the signal gantry. Deal Street signalbox had a Style 'K' lever frame comprising of 99 levers, The lever frame at Deal Street signalbox had levers A,B,C & D added in 1966-7.
Attached is a Trackplan for Manchester Deal Street this can be downloaded in PDF format. This diagram is taken from the BR Layout Plans of the 1950s Volume 5: ex L&YR Lines in the West Lancashire.. These images are copyright of the Signalling Record Society, and reproduced by permission.
To the West on the "North" lines,
Salford signal box (687yds away) was the adjacent box until 22/04/1967 when Salford box closed and Windsor Bridge No.1 signal box (1275yds away) became the adjacent box. Windsor Bridge No.1 box was closed on 29/09/1969 and Windsor Bridge (formerly No.3 box) signal box became the adjacent box. Windsor Bridge was closed on 22/04/1989 when Manchester Piccadilly SCC became the adjacent box which lasted until closure.
To the West on the "South" lines,
Ordsall Lane No.2 signal box (1300yds away) was the adjacent box until 22/10/1978 when signalling of the area was taken over by Deal Street and Eccles Station signal box (3m 853yds away) became the adjacent box.
At the same time London Road PSB became the adjacent box on the Ordsall Lane to Castlefield Junction line. On 09-11/04/1988 a panel was installed in Windsor Bridge signal box for the opening of the "Windsor Link" which included control of Ordsall Lane Junction passing from Deal Street box to Windsor Bridge box, which became the adjacent box on both the "North" and "South" lines.
Windsor Bridge box was closed on 22/04/1989 and replaced by a panel in the existing Manchester Piccadilly SCC which became the adjacent box until closure.
To the East,
Victoria West Junction signal box (498yds away) was the adjacent signal box. It closed on 08/08/1993 when Manchester Victoria East Junction signal box (900yds away) became the adjacent box until closure.
Irwell Bridge Sidings Ground Frame signal box was 353yards away from Deal Street.