Signal Box Closures

North Wales Ex LNWR lines

Abergele/Rhyl/Prestatyn/Talacre/Mostyn/Holywell Jn. Photos taken under NR supervision

As another 6 signal boxes along the North Wales Coast Line are due to close in March 2018, this page attempts to document the many closures (and a few openings) of signal boxes since 1950. Initially only the ex LNWR lines are covered. 'Closure' dates can be quite variable, especialy as boxes can be out of use for some time before being declared closed.

The other thing to bear in mind is that all these locations were block posts, but a suprising number of them on the branch lines didn't have a physical signal box to protect the signalman. Instead there was an open frame, with the instruments located elsewhere - in a station building, for example. These sites are marked with an asterisk. Some of these (e.g. Dolwyddelen and Amlwch) did eventually acquire some sort of ramshackle building around the frame.

YearNewLocationsCloseLocations
1951 

 

2

Dee Bank Sidings, Bethesda

1952 

 

 

 

19532

Penmaenmawr (3rd), Rockcliffe Hall (2nd)

4

Penmaenmawr (2nd), Holland Arms, Connahs Quay No 2, Rockcliffe Hall (1st)

1954 

 

1

Penrhyn Siding§

1955 

 

1

Nantclwyd*

1956 

 

3

St Asaph*, Trefnant*, Rhuddlan*

19571

Denbigh

4

Denbigh No 1, Denbigh No 2, Mold & Denbigh Jn

1958 

 

 

 

1959 

 

 

 

1960 

 

 

 

1961 

 

 

 

1962 

 

5

Gwyddelwern*, Bodfari*, Caerwys, Dolfechlas Crossing§, Hendre Siding, Nannerch

1963 

 

 

 

1964 

 

12

Llanberis*, Pontrhythallt*, Brynkir*, Chwilog*, Dinas Jn, Groeslon*, Llangybi, Penygroes, Llanerchymedd*, Llangefni*, Llangwyllog*, Amlwch

1965 

 

5

Ruthin, Old Colwyn, Port Siding, Bethesda Jn, Muspratts Sidings

1966 

 

11

Llong, Caernarvon No 1, Bettws y Coed, Dolwyddelen, Denbigh, Alyn Tin Plate Works, Blaenau Ffestiniog, Talycafn*, Dundas Sidings, Queensferry, Gaerwen No 2

1967 

 

12

Broughton & Bretton†, Hope Jn, Mold, Tryddyn Jn, Crane St, Deganwy No 1, Mochdre & Pabo, Conway Morfa, Llanddulas, Llanfairfechan, Rhyl Sands, Pentre Sidings

19681

Colwyn Bay

7

Llandudno Jn No 1, Rhydymwyn, Mold Jn No 2, Colwyn Bay No 1, Colwyn Bay No 2, Bangor No 1, Tairmeibion

1969 

 

2

Conway, Llandudno Jn Crossing

1970 

 

5

Caernarvon (No 2), Hope & Penyffordd, Mold Jn No 3, Foryd Jn, Llandudno No 1

1971 

 

1

Bodorgan

1972 

 

 

 

1973 

 

5

Saltney Jn, Chester No 1, Llanfair P.G.†, Menai Bridge, Bagillt

1974 

 

 

 

1975 

 

1

Nant Hall

1976 

 

 

 

1977 

 

 

 

1978 

 

1

Mold Jn No 4

1979 

 

1

Connahs Quay (No 1)

1980 

 

1

Chester No 3

1981 

 

 

 

1982 

 

1

Llysfaen

1983 

 

 

 

19841

Chester PSB

5

Chester No 5, Chester No 6, Chester No 3A, Chester No 2, Chester No 4

19851

Llandudno Jn

1

Llandudno Jn (No 2)

1986 

 

 

 

1987 

 

 

 

1988 

 

1

Ty Croes†

1989 

 

2

Aber, Flint

1990 

 

1

Rhyl No 2

1991 

 

1

Colwyn Bay

1992 

 

 

 

1993 

 

 

 

1994 

 

 

 

1995 

 

 

 

19961

Rockcliffe Hall (3rd)

1

Rockliffe Hall (2nd)

1997 

 

 

 

1998 

 

 

 

1999 

 

 

 

2000 

 

 

 

2001 

 

 

 

2002 

 

 

 

2003 

 

 

 

2004 

 

 

 

2005 

 

2

Mold Jn (No 1), Sandycroft

2006 

 

 

 

2007 

 

 

 

2008 

 

 

 

2009 

 

 

 

2010 

 

 

 

2011 

 

 

 

2012 

 

 

 

2013 

 

 

 

2014 

 

 

 

2015 

 

 

 

2016 

 

 

 

2017 

 

1

Mostyn (No 1)

2018 

 

6

Abergele, Holywell Jn, Prestatyn, Rhyl (No 1), Rockliffe Hall (3rd), Talacre

Notes:

* - Block post but no signal box provided. Usually an open frame with instruments in the station buildings
§ - Retained as a Ground Frame but no longer a block post
† - Retained to control a level crossing but no longer a block post

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