Signal box fight going full steam

The fight to save Polegate signal box is on track as campaigners pass the half way point in their battle to preserve the historic building.

The application process is almost halfway through with plans now being finalised on what to do with the building.

The Save Our Signal box group has agreed the building will form a small railway museum dedicated to the original Brighton to Hastings line passing through Polegate.

A model of Polegate Station pre Dr Beeching was suggested showing the layout, three signal boxes and the branch line to Hailsham together with the direct line to Hastings avoiding Eastbourne.

It was suggested at a meeting of the group on March 28 that the existing signal levers could be made to operate the points and signals that existed at that time.

The group’s chairman Michael Clewett, said: “The ground floor locking room can be used for additional display and maybe a model railway featuring locomotives and rolling stock of the period together with a shop selling mementos etcetera.

“Banking facilities and setting up a charitable trust are now being considered. A further meeting open to all will be called when more definite news is received from English Heritage.”

During last month’s meeting the group’s committee was confirmed as Michael Clewett, chairman; Malcolm Cunningham, vice chairman; Terry Wright, treasurer; and Jayne Bigsby as secretary.

In addition Sabrina Harcourt-Smith, Richard Stimpson, Simon Popek and Elizabeth Heward were elected.