|Picture by kind permission of Martin Creese|
This artist impression by Railway Artist Fred Lea shows the Broadway Box in all its glory. No doubt as some operational issues present themselves minor changes will be made. For instance the arches for access to the track bed look very nice but may well get in the way when configuring the rodding. We shall see! The Signal Box will be constructed from new 73mm engineering bricks. You will have difficulty in telling these from the old imperials. I am less convinced about using UPV window frames - somehow that just doesn't seem right!
Prior to the design of the box, a lever frame had been acquired by S&T from the Aller Junction Signal Box in Devon. This had a 42 lever frame and seemed, to the uninitiated to be a rather large frame for such a modest track and signal configuration as Broadway. However this proved not to be the case, because much of the potential capacity has now been allocated to specific functions. See the track layout elsewhere on the blog.
The locking room in the Box is semi sub platform level. It is access via steps and a door to the rear of the southern end. These photos were taken in the Winchcombe Box and show the large steel beams (left) that support the lever frame and below the rodding and pulleys configured for signalling and points respectively.
We are looking forward to kitting it out with as much original equipment as current regulations allow! For example here is the planned fire place which Jo has taken as an example from the Llangollen Box. We have found 2 of the fire surrounds on site already.
The finished Signal Box will be a fitting tribute to the Great Western and to the Shirley Box in particular.
No doubt this post will generate more questions than it answers, and hopefully others will come to my assistance.