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Lead or Rumour info - Crewe South Junction Building, Crewe Rail Station

Discussion in 'Leads, Rumours and News...' started by Dom, Apr 10, 2012.

  1. Dom

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    Hey folks.
    I was supposed to get a train from Runcorn to Birmingham, but when I arrived at Runcorn station this morning I was greeted by the strangest train carriage, it had tyres and seemed even to have a stearing wheel. I quickly remembered that british rail are a right bunch of comedians amd love nothing more than to sell you a trian ticket and give you a bus.
    Anyway, my 'train' took me to Crewe and pulling away from the station in an actual locomotive heading southbound I spotted next to the track a mid-sized complex entitled Crewe South Junction. It's clearly abandoned and should have some interesting switching related stuff inside. The standard and bastardly pallisade fencing they love to use round railway property does not appear to go around it, meaning the facility should be accessible from the rear. I'd love to of had a look and get some quick snaps, but alas the view from the trian window wouldn't be worth a post.
    If you live around Crewe it looks worth a visit!
     

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    Re: Crew South Junction Building, Crew Rail Station

    It's a former Signal Box..... http://www.wbsframe.mste.co.uk/public/Crewe_South.html
    Not much left inside now i shouldn't think but a nice piece of 1930's/40's design. Trains with rubber wheels and steering? hmmmm...British Rail is as defunct as the signal box too...;)
     
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    Ahh thanks very much! I would of done a little research myself but I posted this through my phone soon after seeing while on the train, so it was a spur of the moment kind of thing! :thumb
     
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    Re: Crew South Junction Building, Crew Rail Station

    Crewe South Junction Signal Box was opened just before WW2 along with Crewe North Junction (see: www.crewehc.co.uk), It is a concrete building with a 18" think reinforcement, but sadly I have tried many times to attempt access to but have had no luck, it can only be accessed by crossing the West Coast mainline (which being the busiest railway line in the UK)isn't the best idea. It was in service until 1985 when it was decommissioned as part of the Crewe re-signalling project that saw all its operations moved to a new power box at Crewe North, directly across the Crewe-Chester line from its sister singable Crewe North Junction.
     
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    Keep trying, you never know what they could have left in there!
     
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    I had a lovely discussion with the btp in their station in crewe, tread carefully.
     
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    Re: Crew South Junction Building, Crew Rail Station

    As did I in Southampton after trying to get in here...

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    There is a monolithic concrete building behind the station which looks interesting

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    that will be a control bunker heres one being demo'd in the 90's


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    Shame it's in use, could be an old control bunker or similar?

    Edit; as per Mr Sams comment above.
     
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    I've seen pics from the top floor of the box in its current state on flickr, if you're into signalling and control panels it looks good!

    The Diagrams are still in there, as are the remains of the electronic lever block (No levers though looks like the mechanism's been stripped) and who knows what else, it's a big building and is still looking pretty much intact inside. Looks like a bit of a mission to get in though, however I do have a theory, could be a while before I get chance to put it to the test though, Crewe's a good 2 hours from me...

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/rustycosworth/8216162906/sizes/c/
     
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    The leaver frame was striped in the late 80's and most of the parts are now in storage at the Heritage Centre on the other side of the station, as the signal box there (Crewe North Junction) is the sister box. They have theres wired up to a simulator to show visitors how it would have worked.

    I've checked my photo library and don't appear to have one of the control room, I have ones of every other room in the box apart from the important one. :mad
    I'll take a few when I'm there in the week. This is there website too: www.crewehc.co.uk
     
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