Tuesday, 4 November 2014
Stockport No.1 Signal Box.
The 96 lever signal box (type LNW4) on the south side of the station was built in 1884. Along with four other boxes in the area it was due to be closed in the 2000s when a new signalling system was being installed as part of an upgrade to the West Coast Main Line.
However, the Italian system would not work on the complex Stockport line and was shelved, although it has since been used successfully at Cheadle Hulme.
Instead, Network Rail decided to improve the existing line, along with five Victorian signalboxes at Stockport, Edgeley and Heaton Norris - renewing the points on the tracks and the mechanical lever operation.
A contribution to Ruby Tuesday and Our World Tuesday.