St Albans South Signal Box

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St Albans South Signal Box
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Sandy1949
Plymouth3,246 contributions
Jan 2020
The signalbox is lovingly restored and a cleverly designed computer system allows it to be worked as if a train is actually being run with bells and levers etc being operated as they were when the box was in operation. The volunteers are enthusiastic and knowledgeable and Tony Furse was particularly good at explaining things to the non expert, and especially children. Highly recommended to the enthusiast and non enthusiast alike.
Written January 13, 2020
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Neil-KAAG
Ellenton, FL322 contributions
Aug 2020
How amazing to find that this wonderful signal box has not been destroyed like so many other great railway structures from so called improvements. A marvellous insight into mechanical signalling. Brought back so many memories of my time in Abington Box on the West Coast Main Line between Beattock Summit and Carstairs Junction. Very Happy Days!!
Written August 15, 2020
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Roland J
8 contributions
St Albans is one of those special places you find in life - historically important, socially superior and full of the kind of spunk that makes Britain great. So it's of no surprise that it should have a truly wonderful signal box. The rail line is something of a disaster, run by the woefully inept First company, so it's easy to approach the City in a less than triumphant mood. However, no matter how late/crowded/malfunctioning your train is, your mood will instantly lift when the fine Cathedral appears on the horizon, and, seconds later, everything will suddenly be gravy when the signal box appears. It's everything you could wish for in a signal box and I'm so glad that it was so beautifully renovated a few years back so that all who pass through can enjoy it. Gone are the stale urine smells and illiterate graffiti (presumably done by people from Luton - Albanians generally have a superior grasp of grammar), replaced by fresh paint and the positive vibe of the village green preservation society. Don't miss out on seeing this stunning historical building - bring the children, bring your neighbours, bring the old couple on the corner - St Albans signal box is a joy to behold and should be loved by all.
Written August 16, 2012
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Keith W
Edinburgh, UK23 contributions
Sep 2019
The Signal box is open on certain days of the year and is maned by volunteer staff who are really into trains. The upper level is where the signal box has all it's workings, levers and things, and the lower level is full of memorabilia. I was with someone who is really into trains and he found enough similarly minded people to talk about their anoraks for ages. However, there were things for the kids too with a miniature steam train train to ride on, cost £1, and model railways that were running Thomas and his friends. I'm not into trains and even I found it mildly interesting and there was no entrance fee, just a donation box.
Written September 23, 2019
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C_herts1
Hertfordshire, UK11 contributions
Sep 2018 • Couples
For such a small site, I was really surprised at how much I learnt and how much I enjoyed visiting it. I think this is largely due to the volunteers. Tony, in particular, gave us a really great tour around all the different signals and explained the history of how they were used on the railway.
Written October 27, 2018
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Andrew
St. Albans, UK6,301 contributions
Jan 2015 • Family
You do not have to be a history buff or train spotter to enjoy this wonderful small museum and preserved signal box in St Albans. The museum is kept in immaculate condition with very enthusiastic staff who will give a tour of the museum and allow you to pull various leavers and ring the station bell.

Open from 2pm to 5pm on 2nd and 4th Sunday’s of each Month (Nov to Mar 2nd Sunday only) and on other special days.

Parking immediately outside will cost £2.50, but the museum is free.
Written January 28, 2015
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Bubbles_and_Ice
London, UK1 contribution
Oct 2014 • Couples
Thoroughly worth the small walk out of the centre of the town. It was staffed with extremely knowledgeable and very welcoming people. And despite not being a huge train enthusiast myself it was very interesting. One of the volunteers showed us around the site and all the rail paraphernalia, and then inside the box itself there was a demonstration on how all the signals and their levers were used, with the opportunity to pull some of them yourself!

Definitely worth a trip!!!
Written October 13, 2014
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Michael W
St. Albans, UK30 contributions
Jun 2014 • Family
Now that summer is here, this 'Railway Embankment' feature is in it's glory. Mother Nature is determined to display her visual arts as a wonderful background to the Signal Box, resplendent after a new coat of paint. The scenery changes daily. There is also a continuing change to the items being displayed with new items being added. Not only is the Box open on the 2nd and 4th Sunday afternoons between 14:00 & 17:00 each month (April - October), but groups are welcome by arrangement evenings and weekends for the full tour.
For the specialist, a Tyers no.6 system is now working, and listen for the platform bell !
Written July 1, 2014
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Eddie M
St. Albans, UK728 contributions
Sep 2013 • Solo
You need to be interested in trains or engineering to fully appreciate your visit here. There must have been an incredible amount of work to restore this signal box (and it's not finished yet, will restoration ever finish?). The volunteers are so knowledgeable and enthusiastic, that they make the place come alive with their stories and explanations. Also if you are a regular commuter to London it gives a unique perspective of the train line and station. You will get a chance to pull the levers and you will realise that signal men did not need to go to the gym to exercise their biceps.
Written October 7, 2013
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Josephine P
United Kingdom8 contributions
Jul 2019
We hadn't checked the opening hours when we went on a visit to St Albans. The very knowledgable ,enthusiastic and friendly volunteer Tony Furse didn't turn us away.He invited us in and for 2 hours he held us spell bound with his love for his work on this wonderful little Gem of railway workings and Grade11 listed Signal Box.The garden is also very nice and wildlife friendly. Not knowing anything about trains and railways, it was great to learn so much and feel that it was well worth a trip from Hampshire to see what can be achieved by a happy group of volunteers.
Thank you very much Tony from the happy trio on Wednesday 17 th July
Written July 18, 2019
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