OLD PLYMOUTH . UK
Plus parts of the South Hams and West Devon
www.oldplymouth.uk
 

  Brian Moseley, Plymouth
Webpage created: April 14, 2018
Webpage updated: May 03, 2019

        

RAILWAYS IN OLD PLYMOUTH  |  TURNCHAPEL BRANCH  /  YEALMPTON BRANCH
BRANCH LINE, FRIARY STATION TO TURNCHAPEL STATION
BRANCH LINE, PLYMOUTH STATION (MILLBAY) TO YEALMPTON STATION

PLYMSTOCK SIGNAL BOX

The original Plymstock Signal Box was located at Plymstock Junction, where the line intended for to continue to Yealmpton and Modbury left the main line of the Turnchapel Branch.  It was opened by the London and South Western Railway Company on September 5th 1892, when Plymstock Station was known as Pomphlett Station.  It had 15 working levers and four spares and controlled the Junction and a loop line adjacent to the northern platform that was originally used by the LSWR trains.  It was increased to 21 levers in January 1898 when the Great Western Railway Company's Yealmpton Branch was opened.

Plymstock Signal Box was closed on or as from July 14th 1935 and a replacement lever frame was installed in the booking office on Plymstock Station platform.

Unfortunately, Plymstock Signal Box and Plymstock Station buildings were set on fire by incendiary bombs during the Plymouth Blitz in March 1941.  A temporary replacement timber booking office building was erected into which was incorporated a Westinghouse 28-lever signal frame.  This was brought into use on October 12th 1941.  The buildings eventually ceased to be "temporary" and remained in use until closure on May 1st 1963.

Hours of opening of Plymstock Signal Box from November 4th 1957 until further notice: Monday to Friday - 9.15am until 5.15pm; Saturday 9.15am until 1.15pm.  This was for freight movements only as both the Yealmpton Branch and the Turnchapel Branch had closed to passenger traffic.  A closing switch not provided.  The Box was 956 yards from Cattewater Junction Signal Box.

  With grateful acknowledgement to the late Mr Laurence 'Larry' W Crosier (1929-2010) of the Great Western Railway Company (1943-1947);
British Railways (1948-c1994); the Plymouth Railway Circle, the Lee Moor Tramway Preservation Society, and the Signalling Record Society.