Poignant farewell to semaphore signals in north Humberside

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THE use of semaphore signalling came to an end in north Humberside on November 23 when the old system was finally switched out on the line between Ferriby, Gilberdyke and Saltmarshe.

The delayed decommissioning of the old system took place after the passing of the final train that evening.

The delightfully named Crabley Creek signalbox is being retained as a gatebox only, serving a little-used right of way.

It forms part of Network Rail’s £50million signalling upgrade of the 23-mile line.


Control of the route has been passed to the York Rail Operating Centre, resulting in the closure of a number of signalboxes and crossing gateboxes, with 11 level crossings being updated with newer technology.

Read more in the January 2019 issue of The RM – on sale now!


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