Hammersmith Box on MR-B up in flames

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  1. Trainfan344

    Trainfan344 Established Member

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    From images on facebook tonight, looks like Hammersmith box on the Midland Railway -Butterley is completely destroyed.
     
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    Any links to photos/stories? Not seen anything about this. Real shame though :/
     
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    Ouch :/ I've still not seen any official news or anything about it; have the railway commented? That must be a massive blow for them.
     
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    It was the old Desford Colliery box relocated from Leics in the 90s and it was arson

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    Official response in the local press

    http://www.ripleyandheanornews.co.u...7197169?WT.mc_id=Outbrain_text&obref=obinsite

     
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    What a shame. What absolute idiots to do something like that. What could they possibly gain by burning down a signal box?!

    Are there any other 'boxes of a similar design that are being decommissioned by NR any time soon, that they might be able to buy and relocate to replace it? I'd imagine that this will affect their ability to operate trains for the forseeable future too?
     
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    It was non-operational and being used as an S&T store, so won't directly affect the running of trains. Not an easy site to make secure - a public footpath crosses at track level at the other end of the station. I'd be rather concerned about the operational box that exists at that end! Hope it remains safe.
     
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    Didn't they have another attack last year or so?
    Some old Midland coach bodies that time.
     
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    They did, and when you think they are just behind Derbyshire Force HQ, doesn't give hope to anyone else
     
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