Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Warehouse Wednesday: Onibury Signal box

Onibury signal box

Yesterday we had a tiny model signal box. Today, a tiny full-sized one.

Onibury, found on the Shrewsbury to Hereford line, sits beside a level crossing and closed station that is now a private residence. The current box opened in 1977 according to the Signal Box discussion forum

You can find more details on the Signalling Record Society website.

Onibury signal box back

Let's be honest, this isn't a beautiful building, but I like it a lot. For a start, modelling would be simple if a few basic measurements were available. Those could possibly be worked out from the height of the door.I also like ugly structures to show off the beauty of the surroundings. 

Looking at this photo from Wikipedia, the original box was far more traditional:

You can clearly see the box on Google Streetview - but mooch around a little, the crossing keepers house (station masters?) has some interesting stuff on the drive...


Christopher said...

I am fairly sure that a small group of us stopped at Onibury station site nearly 20 years ago, and enjoyed a cup of tea outside in view of the railway line! A few members of the Abingdon & District MRC were "surveying" the line between Hereford and Shrewsbury, looking for suitable structures to model for our Marches Line-inspired layout. The signal box at Leominster was selected as it appeared to be the original design, similar to the old Onibury box.

I believe that A&DMRC are still hoping to complete the layout that was started in December 1996...

Chris Ford said...

I like this a lot. Ugly on acid.