box looking east of a return South Coast
to South Wales excursion coming off the
This shot taken
in 1970 shows the block shelf in Romsey
Signal Box complete with all instruments
as it had been for many years, all were
connected & worked - the shelf was rationalised
after the line to Eastleigh was singled.
Romsey Signal Box restoration site
The lever frame at Romsey Signal Box - taken
in 1970 , all the levers were in use - starting
from the left side, Down Halterworth
signals , then down Redbridge signals ,
points & facing point lock, up Redbridge
signals & then
up Halterworth signals to the right
- there are other levers for crossovers &
dummy signals as well. All manual signals
except WBW1 the outer home from Halterworth
, which was electric , working in conjunction
with Halterworth's WBV2.
for this & the crossovers were electric
releases - hence the shorter levers
Romsey signal box - we have signalman Ken
Sessions working the frame - circa 1974
after the singling of the Eastleigh - Romsey
Ken sadly passed
away in May 2018. R.I.P
box lever frame & diagram showing the
rationalization of instruments and the levers
cut down to indicate electric signals -
taken 7th August 1977
Romsey Signal box being lifted from its
base into the Junior School field ,
Dismantling Romsey Signal box just prior
to lifting it over the tracks to the Romsey
Junior School field
box in its new position in Brickwood Close
Near Tadburn Rd, February 2009
Ashfield bridge being rebuilt in April 2012.
This was to cater for larger freight.
Class 158 unit No 158814 sits in the down
platform at Romsey waiting to form a service
to Southampton via Eastleigh - 29th May
2007 --- guard Andrew Moody ( right) chats
with the train guard before departure .
Crompton class 33 - 33114 heads the diverted
09.00 Waterloo - Exeter westbound through
Romsey - 11th August 1991
Ex LMS 8F 48151 at Romsey station in the
up platform with an excursion - 30th June
RCTS / VSOE Pullman railtour from Victoria
to Victoria via Chichester & Romsey
back up via Andover passes Romsey led by
Electro diesels 73142 & 73129 - 16th
EE type 4 50014
'Warspite' passes Romsey box with a diverted
09.45 Exeter - Waterloo on 8th Feb 1981.
approaching Romsey on 29th July 1981. For
Princess Di honeymoon. I think the exact
location is of Lee Lane at Ashfield.
PHOTO BY MG
MILLER WHITCHURCH BRISTOL
Brush type 2 No 31422 heads towards Southampton
with a cross country train from Bristol,
it has just passed Ashfield Road bridge &
is near Lee - 14th April 1980
1101 passes Romsey empty stock for Salisbury
off the Eastleigh line -- 20th March 1980
from Ashfield road bridge towards Romsey
- showing the approach signals before the
line curves towards the signal box &
We have a Western class 'D1070 Western Chieftan'
passing Greatbridge en-route to Fareham
with road stone from Merehead , Somerset
- 8th June 1975 .
This was taken at a building site at the
bottom of Hillside Ave, March 1972 - It
was just before the change over to electric
signals - on the right is the up main advance
starter semaphore signal , close to Sun
Arch - to the left is the new down main
inner home electric signal , with cross
to denote not in service , and in the background
the down branch inner home signal. This
shows the transition to more modern equipment
- such is progress , an unusual shot for
Another shot from the building site (see
above photo), this time looking east towards
Halterworth , with the new electric signal
posts without signal heads .
Strongs Brewery outing train 1972 outing
to Margate - the last before take over by
Whitbread. We have SR electric-4CIG 7420
, TLV 68203, 4CIG 7398 and for push power
to Southampton, Crompton D6532 The train
is moving from the up yard & will back
into the station
Romsey Up Yard' photo of the Strongs train
moving out of the yard over the road under
the station -- this TLV ( Trailer Luggage
Van ) contained all the nectar that would
sustain the Strongs employees to Margate &
back (aka beer)-- a well known perk of the
This is the
Eastleigh breakdown train passing Romsey
station en route back to Eastleigh , think
this was taken after the Dunbridge incident
with the tanks, photo taken from the down
yard - looking west .
The Exeter -
Brighton through train passes Romsey signal
box when it was loco hauled. Its pulled
by a standard Crompton type 3 diesel - this
train did not stop at Romsey.
Crompton diesel pushes a Waterloo - Bournemouth
train away from Romsey towards Redbridge
under the guidance of signalman Ken Sessions
during diversions from the mainline.
Signalman Ken Sessions is hand signalman
for the day of mainline diversions via Romsey.
This was necessary at the crossover from
the down line to the up, as the crossover
was not fitted with a facing point lock
- as required for passenger work - hence
Ken had to clip & lock the points manually,
then give the hand signal to proceed.
departs Romsey headed to Eastleigh as Crompton
( class 33 ) waits on the down road to follow
it, once the DEMU clears the section to
Halterworth. Photo taken during weekend
diversions due to work on the mainline.
The Exeter to
Brighton through train formed for 'Hastings
' DEMU stock led by 1037 passes Romsey station &
takes the Redbridge line to its next stop
at Southampton Central.