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Railway signal box gets new home

Signal box on low loader
Moving the timber structure was set to be a slow and delicate operation

An Edwardian timber signal box has been moved from a railway station in Sussex to its new home after a campaign to save it from demolition.

The Barnham Signal Box was lifted by crane from Barnham station to travel 1.8 miles (2.9km) on a low loader to Aldingbourne playing fields.

West Sussex County Council put traffic diversions in place on Sunday.

The signal box, built nearly 100 years ago, will become the new home of Bognor Regis Model Railway Club.

Before the journey went ahead, councillor Derek Whittington said: "Many people have worked to get the project to this stage and I know they will be waiting anxiously for the signal box to be delivered to its new home."

Moving the box was a delicate operation because time had taken its toll on the timber structure.

A crane lifted the box on to a low loader which travelled very slowly to the playing fields.

The box, protected by a metal cage, was then lowered gently on to new foundations.

When the move was announced in September, campaigner Mike Burton said the box had been saved by local fund-raisers, a grant from the Railway Heritage Trust and a contribution from Network Rail that was equivalent to the cost of demolition.

The group is still appealing for funds to restore the structure, which dates back to 1911.

Network Rail said it welcomed the opportunity to preserve railway heritage.

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