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Report - Postland's Signal Box, Lincolnshire, April 2016

Discussion in 'Other Sites' started by HughieD, May 11, 2016.

  1. HughieD

    HughieD 28DL Regular User
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    Second of my two recent rail-explores in Lincolnshire. Had this place on my list ever since I saw a picture of this fantastically decaying signal box. The box itself is bang next to the road so easily viewable. Getting into the upper floor is difficult without a ladder however. The former station lies across the road and has been converted into a residential property. However, there are some fantastic station related buildings in the undergrowth the other side of what would have been the tracks. Note the staircase in the building nearest to the box (which I think is the former stationmaster's house) is very, very shady! Possibly one of the singularly photogenic buildings I photographer, I really enjoyed this on.

    A little bit of history on this place on the web. Postland railway station was a station on the Great Northern and Great Eastern Joint Railway near Crowland, Lincolnshire. In 1879 the Great Northern (GN) and Great Eastern (GE) railways tabled proposals in Parliament to construct a line from Spalding to Lincoln, completing a 123-mile freight route between Cambridge and Doncaster. The rationale was to tap into the lucrative coal trade between East Anglia from Yorkshire. The route brought together a number of existing lines, including the GN's Spalding-March line which opened ten years previously in April 1867. Initially named Crowland, the station was renamed Postland in 1871. The station was next to a level crossing, adjacent to a Great Northern Type 1 35-lever frame signal box which was constructed in 1882. The March-Spalding line closed on 27th November 1982. There were rumours that the box was to be demolished to make way for a road widening scheme but, as yet, it has evaded the bulldozers. Here's couple of archive pictures. Here's one of the box in its heyday:

    26479761086_e2a8496b38_b.jpg Postland 2 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    And one of those levers:

    26479761366_1257258a2c_b.jpg Postland 1 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    OK, on with my pictures. It's pretty hard to miss this place:

    26400175312_c2b12115eb_b.jpg img5011 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    It really does stand very well:

    26492583145_14e2317c3c_b.jpg img5008 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    It's one of those places where you can just keep taking pictures of:

    26400337352_60331cf1a2_b.jpg img5052 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    It has many aspects and the decay is fantastic:

    26219593600_ec83244ee1_b.jpg img5012 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Moving down the side of the box…

    26219344400_b414f1f6c1_b.jpg img5028 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    26492028995_466232db3f_b.jpg img5044 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    …the levers are clearly visible:

    26466284246_38cbe9e075_b.jpg img5027 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Couldn't get into the first floor but here's some 'up-shots' of the levers:

    26219262750_8a4b420745_b.jpg img5038 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    26399766362_fb97bd323e_b.jpg img5042 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    And the rather trashed ground floor room:

    25887277944_150f14322d_b.jpg img5029 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    26399833502_27597af2cd_b.jpg img5036 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    In the undergrowth across from the box is what I think is the stationmaster's house:

    25887074254_824e897c15_b.jpg img5049 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Which nature is really getting to grips with:

    25889509103_74d1127802_b.jpg img5019 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    26400072502_c42c5e09d5_b.jpg img5015 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    That goes for down-stairs and up-stairs:

    26426119241_51f39f5131_b.jpg img5025 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    26219446370_0ee5e97525_b.jpg img5024 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    Bet that chair used to be comfy:

    26219564330_9f2abc190b_b.jpg img5014 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    And one quick shot of the out-house:

    26492355985_4db3923257_b.jpg img5017 by HughieDW, on Flickr

    A truly stunning place:

    26425787481_fc89489bea_b.jpg img5051 by HughieDW, on Flickr
     

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  2. paulpowers

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    Liking the old levers :D
     
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    Bolts 28DL Regular User
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    The levers are a really nice touch, good stuff :thumb
     
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    Very nice. Theres something fascinating about the armchair shot. :thumb
     
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  5. Andy Marshall

    Andy Marshall 28DL Full Member
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    lovely to see thanks for sharing !! :D
     
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