On Saturday 4 September representatives of the Swanage Railway and the National Railway Heritage Awards gathered at Norden for the formal unveiling of the plaque awarded to the railway by the National Railway Heritage Awards for the signalling scheme undertaken in connection with the railway’s plans for through services to Wareham.
As part of its project to provide services between its own line and the Network Rail system via Worgret Junction to Wareham, the Swanage Railway designed, following discussions with Network Rail, a Token Block system that would provide a seamless connection between Network Rail’s centre at Basingstoke and the Swanage Railway’s box at Corfe Castle.
The project centred on a new installation at Norden, where a new box, based upon known London & South Western Railway examples, was constructed. The equipment installed are genuine Tyer’s key token instruments with a new set of thirty tokens specially manufactured according to the original pattern and engraved for the Norden to Worgret section.
The complexity of the project and the excellence of its execution made the project an admirable winner of the Abellio Signalling Award at the 2019 National Railway Heritage Awards held in the presence of HRH The Princess Royal in a ceremony held at Merchant Taylors’ Hall in December 2019.
The unveiled plaque in the signalbox with, from the left, Gavin Johns, Swanage Railway (and chairman of the NRHA adjudicators), Frank Roberts, Swanage Railway, Theo Steel, chairman of the NRHA, Dr Mike Walshaw, Swanage Railway, Robert Heywood, NRHA, and Malcolm Wood, NRHA. Photograph courtesy of Andrew P. M. Wright
The signalling installation at Norden – a worthy winner of the Abellio Signalling Award at the 2019 National Railway Heritage Awards. The new box constructed at Norden as part of this impressive project was based upon known London & South Western Railway examples.