New Cross Gate signal box

New Cross Gate signal box with its Westinghouse Brake & Signal Co. Ltd. Style 'L' Power Lever Frame was commissioned on the 8th October 1950. The signal box continued in use for 25 years until its operation was take over the London Bridge signalling centre NX Panel on the 20th July 1975.

Southern Region Re signalling of the London to Brighton Line which occurred between 1950 to 1955 which aimed to abolish all the semaphore signalling from the south end of the London Bridge scheme and also from just outside of Victoria which met at Windmill Bridge Junction (latterly known as Gloucester Road Junction) north of Croydon, and continued to Coulsdon. The objective was to removing the Sykes Lock and Block working and replacing it with track circuiting and colour light signalling. The whole scheme cost £2 million pounds and involved 11 new signal boxes having a combined total of 841 levers, replacing 32 manual signal boxes with a total of 1,515 full sized levers.

New Cross Gate signal box exterior view 1974

This northwards panoramic photograph taken in 1974 shows 'Odeon' style signal box. The signal box was located at the London end of the station. The LT lines actually ran in front of the box, along with the Deptford Wharf line as per attached. The roads behind the box were known as "A" section sidings The picture is reproduced by kind permission of the Signalling Record Society, and comes from the © Howard Turner Collection.

New Cross Gate signal box taken arond 1950's, with its Westinghouse Brake and Signal Co. Ltd miniature power lever frame

This southwards panoramic photograph taken in 1958 shows the new 'Odeon' style signal box on the left hand side, The East London Junction lines join on the left hand side which served East London and Deptford Warf Electric trains are berthed in the siding where to old steam shed used to be located. Picture copyright © D Cullum, reproduced by kind permission of Middleton Press, from their London Bridge to East Croydon book in the Southern Mainlines series published in 1988 ISBN 0906520584

The frame was supplied by Westinghouse Brake & Signal Co before the War as the SR Standby Frame, this was installed British Railways & Westinghouse. The Style 'L' Power frame was formed of 6 x 12 way sections making a total of 71 levers, {6x12}-1 = 71 levers, as the last “lever” space is unavailable. 24 of these levers worked the points, 34 signal levers, 1 special lever was provided with 12 spare levers. when the frame was supplied and installed. As 2 points and 2 signals are releases on East London Up Jc, you could argue that NXG should be 22points, 32signals, 5specials, 12spare. [The first special is a GF release.]

Nwe Cross Gate interior view 1974

A good interior view of the interior of the signal box taken in 1974. with its Westinghouse Brake & Signal Co. Ltd. Style 'L' Power Lever Frames, the original Westinghouse diagram is still visible behind the lever frame, but as can be seen times were a changing, and a new British Railways style track diagram has just been installed. apart from the new diagram everything else appears to be the original equipment as installed when the box was opened on the 8th October 1950.

The 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. The train describers sending boxes are fitted on top of the frame box whilst the receiving train describer units are housed between the signalling diagrams. The top indicator behind the signal lever is the "F" light and this became lit when the lever was normal, all points in the route correctly detected and all relevant track circuits clear. You could pull the lever at any time provided that the locking was correct but the signal would not clear unless the "F" light was lit before the lever was pulled. Emergency bell plungers are provided next to adjacent signal boxes, again mounted on the block shelf. Telephone concentrators are provided at each end of the frame at 45 degrees. A desk for train recording would be situated in the immediate front area. The picture is reproduced by kind permission of the Signalling Record Society, and comes from the © Howard Turner Collection.

new cross gate track diagram


Attached is Southern Region signal instruction 1 notice this and signal instruction 1 track diagram this can be downloaded in PDF format, this covers the opening of Bricklayer Arms Junction to Norwood Junction North signal boxes and their coloured light signalling installation. These diagram(s) are taken from the web site of the Signalling Record Society Research Note37. These images are copyright of the Signalling Record Society, and reproduced by permission.

Adjacent boxes

London Bridge (Main & Local Lines ) Northbound

as the adjacent signal box.

London Bridge (Main & Local Lines ) Southbound

Forest Hill was the next adjacent power signal box until closed on the 15th June 1969, when
Norwood Junction power signal box was the adjacent signal box.

East London Line

LUL's Canal Junction was the adjacent box on the East London Line

Old Kent Road Spur

There was another Adjacent Box, East London Up Jc, on the Old Kent Road Spur, the Deptford Branch, East London Up line and the line via Coldblow Crossing. East London Up Junction was a block box until reduced to GF on 12.10.67, and closed 10.9.72.

Hence total displaced = 139 levers. The PSB’s total levers (71) are shown as “working” in the table.