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Polegate

Polegate Box Polegate Crossing Signalbox, with level crossing hidden by the undergrowth and the South Downs as a backdrop. Although this 'box is today situated next to the station, for many years the station was further west and the 'box was on its own here.

photograph by Michael Taylor

 
A more recent photograph from August 1985 showing how the undergrowth has been cut back.

photograph by Mark Westcott

Polegate Box
 
Polegate Box The rear and side of the 'box, also during August 1985.

photograph by Mark Westcott

 
The 'box diagram showing just a crossover and level crossing. In former days the station was further west by the then junction of the direct line to Hastings (now removed) and the line to Hampden Park and Eastbourne. The number at the top, 1290, is the number of the Signalbox.

Note that half the signals are semaphores (the down home and both the up homes) whilst the other three are colour lights.

photograph by Edmund Copping

Polegate Box
 
Polegate Box At one time there were three sidings to control, as well as the locking of the level crossing road and wicket gates and the distant signals in Polegate West Signalbox. This required 17 of the 20 levers to be used but today's arrangement means that most of the levers are no longer required so the space taken by these has been utilised for a console! Just three levers working are left on one side of the frame to operate the down distant, home and starting signals.....

photograph by Edmund Copping

 
.....matched by three on the other side for the up direction signals.

Note that the distant lever has been cut down (as indeed has the 'spare' lever two to its right). This would have been done at some time in the past when that particular signal was converted from a lever pull to power operation. The white band round levers three and thirteen indicate that these signals are released by another Signalbox, in these cases to allow a train to enter the next block section.

photograph by Edmund Copping

Polegate Box
 
Polegate Box General view of the instruments showing how modern tecnology is involved in a traditional lever frame 'box. The keyboard is on the console placed in front of many of the spare levers.

photograph by Edmund Copping

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