Mole Junction signal box

Mole Junction signalbox is a reconstruction of the whole lever frame from the original Battersea Park signalbox lever frame which was originally installed in 1938. There used to be a 2 foot narrow gauge railway called the Surrey Light Railway on a fruit farm just out side of Hersham on the banks of the River Mole. This line was owned by a signalman from Epsom Downs box who later went on to work at Surbiton. The line was signalled with a crude OCS panel at one end and a the ex Battersea Park 'L' frame at the other end. The S&TLR were given the ex Battersea Park signal frame for free, provided it was given a good home.

The line to Mole Riverside was never laid beyond the first couple of track panels to act as a head shunt but the rest worked for a couple of years before the owner was given notice to quit the site. The SLR moved to another fruit farm at Hook but remained a much smaller railway but has subsequently closed completely. The ex Battersea Park lever frame was sold to John Talbot, and was moved secure storage in Acton where it joined an 11 lever section of London Bridge's K frame. Subsequently the lever frame was purchased and moved to the Stevington and Turvey Light Railway in Bedfordshire where the new signalbox is called Needham. Please follow the link for for more on the current signal box installation

Mole Junction

The frame is a Westinghouse Style 'L' Power Frame which is all electrically locked. The frame was formed of 2 x 12 way and 1 x 8 way section which making a total of 31 levers, {2x12}+8}-1 = 31 levers, as the last “lever” space is unavailable. 6 of these levers worked the points, 15 signal levers operated the coloured light signals, and 3 spare levers when the frame was installed. This made the working lever total of 29. pictures above and below by kind permission of © Graham Floyd.

Mole Junction

The Westinghouse Brake & Signal Co. Ltd lever frame, with its indicators behind the levers, the 3 glass roundels showed the signal aspect, being Red, Yellow, Green reading from bottom to top. Clearly visible on the top of the lever frame is the telephone concentrator and block bells and block instruments.

Mole Junction

Picture above and below by kind permission of © Graham Floyd.

Mole Junction

Picture above and below by kind permission of © Graham Floyd.

Mole Junction

When Battersea Park closed the frame was purchased for the Surrey Light Railway as it was called and erected to operate the layout you see from the diagram. It was because of the vast amount of extra locking that Mole Junction required that part of Victoria's frame was purchased to give use enough lever bands and some spare parts.
Mole junction signalbox diagram may be double clicked to open a larger version in a separate window

Adjacent boxes

None

Boxes Replaced

None

The serial number of this frame was L83 and was ordered in December 1937