The 1892-built box is the largest preserved Midland box in the country, and remains in its original location next to the busy working main line that it used to control. The restored 44 lever frame and authentic instruments demonstrate the way the box used to work before closure in 1980. Downstairs there is a museum of railway and signalling items, video of the box when in use, and a slide-show of the restoration works.
- Souvenir Shop
- Part disabled access
The St Albans Signal Box Preservation Trust
Ridgmont Road St Albans Hertfordshire AL1 3AJ
8 Mar 1400-1700. 4-5 Apr from 1000. 26 April-Oct 2nd & 4th Sun 1400-1700; 12-13 Sep from 1000. Nov-Mar 2nd Sun 1400-1700.
By Bus: various
By Rail: St Albans City Station / 0.1 miles
Outside, the ground around the box has been landscaped into an attractive garden where we have ground frames with which visitors can work semaphore signals. Demonstrations of 1970s and modern 'LED' colour light signals show present signalling methods. There is a garden railway and a 'pole route' - a sample of the posts and telegraph wires that were once common alongside railway lines.