'The Signal'

June 2017
Issue 55 demonstrates the range of activities that go on at the Signal Box. There's news of the renewal of many of the sleepers under the track, done for us by friends from the Mid-Hants Railway; of a visit by the Swindon Panel Society and of the talk by Mike Walshaw on the Swanage Railway's extension to Wareham. Restoration of the mechanical signals is under way and the latest round of painting of the signal box's woodwork has been completed. There's an interview with Dave Trewern, another dive into Neil Kearn's archives of information about the area around Cowley Bridge and news about the progress with expansion of the visitor facilities. Finally comes the news that our chairman of the past 12 years, Peter Chatfield, will be standing down at the AGM in August.

June 2016
Issue 54 brings news of plans for more development on the site, to broaden the scope of what we offer to people visiting the site. Our twice-monthly opening has increased the foot-fall around the site, including a bumper day when Flying Scotsman passed Romsey - there's a picture of this on the cover - and our 10,000th visitor. We report also on the ongoing work to maintain the site, with the news that Jamie Brooker has taken over responsibility for this - there's a profile of Jamie for those who don't know him. For those interested in the history of signalling, Neil Kearns has provided some material from his archives.

January 2016
Issue 53 reports on the successful re-opening of the site in September 2015. This includes the return of the Cowley Bridge exhibit and the public opening of the new hut it is located in. The whole site has been tidied up during the last few months before the reopening, and much of the magazine reports on this. The rest looks to the future and the possibilities of doing yet more with the site, subject to volunteer support and funding.

April 2015
Issue 52 is jam packed with features about developments at the site including the new visitor centre, the progress with the Cowley Bridge miniature frame and also the construction of the new housing estate on the adjacent former school. It also looks at the 150th anniversary of the Spratt & Winkle line that Romsey was part of and reports on the members visit to the Swanage Railway.

August 2014
Issue 51 featuring good news about progress with the "Cowley Bridge" roving exhibit, a report on the visit to St Albans and the second part of the "Unconsidered History" of the Southern Railway, looking at aspects not normally thought about, along with the regular Chairman’s report, membership news, site development and maintenance news. AGM 2014 minutes are also included in this edition.

Special 50th Edition - February 2014
Issue 50 featuring the regular Chairman’s report, membership news, site development and maintenance newss, and an S&T report, as well as a housing development update, group visit reports, an article on Unconsidered History and some hi-lights from some early editions of 'The Signal'. AGM minutes are also included in this edition.

Spring 2013
Issue 49 featuring the special celebration event marking the 20th anniversary of our opening and a report on two busy days in March associated with the Romsey Model Railway Exhibition, as well as the regular Chairman’s report, membership news, site maintenance, an S&T report and information on how to donate or renew membership using on-line banking.

Autumn 2012
Issue 48 featuring a Chairman’s report, membership news, site maintenance, and an S&T report, information the finances including our charitable status for Gift Aid donations, and articles on the visit to Romsey Signal Box of the friends of King Alfred buses and the forthcoming signalling gala on the Exeter West box at Crewe.

Spring 2012
Issue 47 featuring a Chairman’s report, membership news, site, S&T and young members report, information on Maintenance and the finances, and two articles on “Southern Counties” and “Romsey of yesterday”.

Autumn 2011
Issue 46 Featuring a Chairman’s report, Heritage Open Days, Site, Younger Members and S&T Report finishing with an article about “Romsey of Yesterday”.

Spring 2011
Issue 45 Featuring a tribute to Colin Meheux, a Chairman’s report, a site safety announcement, an S&T  and site, and young members report, and an article on G W S R Signalling and the Romsey Model Show.

Autumn 2010
Issue 44 featuring a the Chairman’s report, an article entitled “The Celebration”, S&T and site reports, an article about Southampton area level crossings, and an article about Moors Valle .

Spring 2010
Issue 43 featuring the Chairman’s report, S&T news, a site report, an article entitled “30 years ago”, and a young members report.

Autumn 2009
Issue 42 featuring the Chairman’s report, S&T news, and AGM minutes.

Spring 2009
Issue 41 featuring the Chairman’s report, “Where now for the Signal box?”, and an article on West Moors Signal Box.


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