Ravenscraig No 2 Signal Box

Location type

Place

Name and dates

Ravenscraig No 2 Signal Box (1957-1973)

Opened on the Wishaw Deviation (Caledonian Railway).
Opened on the Ravenscraig Steelworks (David Colville and Sons).

Description

This signal box was opened in 1957 to control access to the new Ravenscraig No 2 Yard, which handled coal and iron ore deliveries. Approach was from the north. The entry was from just south of Calder Viaduct [Carfin]. The box was on the east side of the line opposite the yard turnout.

The box was replaced by the Motherwell Signalling Centre in 1973, in the run up to electrification.

Ravenscraig No 4 Yard, also approached from the north, was to open on the east side of the main line. The new yard handled iron ore, allowing No 2 to focus entirely on coal. Iron ore was carried over the main line by conveyor.

The Ravenscraig Steel Works closed in 1992.

The main line remains open. Some rails of the No 2 yard remain embedded in the ground, these were level crossings.

Tags

Junction signal box
10/05/2020

Books


A Regional History of the Railways of Great Britain: Scotland - The Lowlands and the Borders v. 6 (Regional railway history series)

Caledonian Railway Livery: The True Line Elegance and Style

Lanarkshire's Last Days of Steam

Old Wishaw

The Caledonian, Scotland's Imperial Railway: A History

Through Scotland with the Caledonian Railway