The St Albans Signal Box Preservation Trust was formed in 2002 by residents determined to save the Grade 2 listed signal box. The Trust has restored the building and the signal box is now open to the public as an interactive signalling museum (admission free).
St Albans South signal box now has it’s own page on British Heritage Railways in recognition of the hard work and determination that the trust’s members have put in to save this piece of railway heritage.
When the line through St Albans was quadrupled in 1892, This Midland Railway type 2A timber signal box was prefabricated at Derby and assembled on site to replace the original one, built for the double track line in 1877. The second set of lines were originally built for goods traffic but were upgraded for use by passenger trains in 1903.
In 1979 St Albans South signal box was closed by British Rail although it remained in use, housing the station announcer, until 1980. The box was declared to be a historic monument and became a listed building before closure, including the lever frame and associated items. After closure, British Rail made several, unsuccessful, efforts to have the building removed to an alternative site.
Restoration was completed in 2009 and regular public opening started at Easter. On 12 Sept 2009 the signal box was Formally Opened by Jim Cornell, Executive Director of The Railway Heritage Trust. The signal box has won a Civic Society award which was presented by the Mayor in October 2009.
Get more fascinating facts and insight on St Albans South Signal Box, by visiting http://www.british-heritage-railways.co.uk/stalbans.html