Power signal Box
Peterborough Power box from the station.
This photo is of the Peterborough power box when quite new and taken be for the anti vandal fencing was put up around it.
Peterborough power box controls the ECML from Sandy in the south which is the most southerly point of the Peterborough's power box's area. Kings Cross power box takes over control from Sandy to London Kings Cross station. To the north of Peterborough the Power box controls the ECML up to Stoke tunnel were the Doncaster power box takes over control.
When this opened over 156 miles of the ECML had just just three signal boxes.
The power box in BR days from Spittle Bridge.
The Peterborough power box was opened in a number of stages. In December 1972 it controled just around the Peterborough station. Next it controlled south to Fletton and north as far as Helpston. Then south to Holme as more signal boxes were closed. It also controlled the Ely line as far as Kings Dyke and the Splading line as far as Deeping St James.
By December 1977 it was controlling the ECML all the way to Sandy and north to Stoke tunnel were the Doncaster Power Box takes over.
This power box it self is now to be closed (?) and the new York LNE Signal Center take over Doncaster Peterborough and Kings Cross power boxes. Network Rail planed to close all boxes and level crossings. The date for this is going backwards and its a bigger job that first planed.
In 1900 there were about 30 signal boxes just around Peterborough.
Westwood yard at Peterborough which is just to the north of the station is controlled from the Eastfield signal box which is GNR signal box with levers and was not part of the Peterborough ECML power signalling and is still in use.This will close when York takes over.
Eastfield signal box (Open)
Walton signal box (Closed)