Appeal for photos of historic Polegate signal box

Berwick and Polegate junction boxes. SUS-140228-104502001
Berwick and Polegate junction boxes. SUS-140228-104502001

A campaign group which is working to turn Polegate signal box into a museum is appealing to people to send in any old photographs of the building.

Cllr Michael Clewett, chair of the Save our Signal Box campaign group, met Network Rail bosses last week who agreed the group could turn the building into a small railway museum dedicated to the London to Brighton and South Coast Railway.

Cllr Clewett has been fighting to get the signal box listed since Network Rail revealed plans to close signal boxes up and down the line and replace them with a new state-of-the-art facility at Three Bridges.

English Heritage refused to list the box and it looked as if it might be demolished.

But Network Rail said the community could have the building if there was a use for it.

Last week Network Rail agreed the campaign’s idea for the building meets criteria for using disused signal boxes for community projects.

Now the group says it is anxious to collect old photographs, which date before the plastic windows were put into the building, and any other memorabilia associated with the box and the previous Polegate station to put into the museum.

Cllr Clewett said photographs sent to the group for the museum will be copied and returned and their source acknowleged if they are displayed in the museum.

If you have any photographs or would like more information contact Cllr Clewett on 01323 486627 or post them to 37 Old Drive, Polegate, BN26 4ES.