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Monday, 11 February 2013

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Romsey Signal Box will once again participate in a joint weekend event with Romsey & District Railway Modellers’ Society – Saturday 2nd March and Sunday 3rd March 2013 .

Their superb annual model railway exhibition will be held at Crosfield Hall, Broadwater Road, Romsey SO51 8GL – just a 10-15 minute stroll from the Signal Box! Opening times:

Romsey Signal Box will be open between 10am and 5pm on Saturday 2nd March and between 10am and 4pm Sunday 3rd March. The Model Exhibition will be open on Saturday 2nd March between 10.30am and 5pm, and on Sunday 3rd March between 10am and 4.30pm

Entry to the Signal Box, as always, will be FREE - donations welcome. Further news....

o Romsey Signal Box ‘20/30’ years Special Anniversary Event took place on Saturday 13th October, 2pm-10pm: 20 years since we first opened to the public, and 30 years since the signal box was closed. The event, attended by the Mayor of Test Valley and the Romsey Town Mayor, together with representatives of the Romsey & District Buildings Preservation Trust, members of the Friends of Romsey Signal Box both past and present, and public visitors, was highly enjoyable. Star of the show was a fabulous cake in the form of the Signal Box!....a full write up and pictures will follow in the next edition of our newsletter, The Signal....


o ...talking of which, sadly, Danny Scroggins, our editor of The Signal, has had to resign due to other commitments. We’ve very grateful to Danny, who has done a brilliant job in producing a lively and attractive newsletter. Apologies that the next edition is somewhat delayed; we hope to issue it around March/April. As usual, it will be available as a download on this website .


o The relationship between the Friends (the volunteers) and the Buildings Trust (who own the Signal Box) was further cemented following an EGM held after the October Anniversary Event. The Friends’ Committee are now members of the Trust and Dick Hewett, who represents the Friends at Trust meetings, is now a Trustee....see further details in the next The Signal.


o Site improvements continue. Notably, the Visitor Centre has been creosoted – a great improvement in its appearance – and the doors will shortly be re-painted. The very last corner of the Signal Box site is now being landscaped, and stirling efforts continue to keep the site spruced up – big thanks to all our volunteers.


o Just a reminder that all 4 semaphore signals are working – including the 3 semaphores, distant, home and starter, that replicate the sequence of signals that train drivers once encountered on the approach to Romsey from Redbridge....come and visit us and you can work them all!! Spectacles have been fitted to all semaphores, and two now have working lamps. Two ground discs are working, one with a lamp. The colour light, points and compensator also continue in operation.

*** Important announcement ***

o Please note that development of the neighbouring land, the former Primary School, is imminent. As a result, it may be necessary to restrict public access to the signal box site for a period during 2013-14. We will endeavour to keep information on the website as current as possible. If in doubt, please email or phone before making a fruitless journey.


*** An apology ***
We regret that Romsey Signal Box had to be closed for the December 2012 Open Day (Sunday 2nd December) at short notice due to adverse weather conditions making the site unsafe. This very rarely happens; however, we are very sorry if any visitors made a special journey to see the Signal Box on that day.