Black Bank Signal Box, nr. Little Downham.. When the British Rail station at Black Bank was scheduled..
When the British Rail station at Black Bank was scheduled for closure, in ,it seemed that the signal box, long a local landmark, would be demolished. Local transport manager Les Stevens determined to save it. He bought the box, but was only given a short time window, when trains were not running, to remove it. A small group of enthusiasts had to construct a temporary road of railway sleepers, separate the upper part of the box with a chain saw (were those cables still live?) and move the low loader through the village to the new resting place. Overhead cables were lifted with wooden poles and the roof of a cottage, on the corner of Ely Road and Main street, was partly demolished ( and rebuilt) before the ‘troops’ could withdraw to a well earned breakfast!
Date of coverage1948-1952
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