Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

New Uses for Old Boxes

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

New Uses for Old Boxes

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FORMER signal boxes have found many different uses in the North East after being closed down.

Many have been converted over the years, meaning the latest wave of closures could also find an alternative use.

The surviving buildings of the signal box at Norham, Northumberland, are now used as a railway museum, and have even housed a performance, fittingly, of Charles Dickens's tale The Signalman.

The last station master and signalman was Peter Short, who used part of the site to run a coal business after it closed, and used some of the station buildings to house railway items as a museum.

A signal box in Jesmond, Newcastle, now houses The Valley Junction 397 Indian restaurant, while many former signal boxes are now homes.

One at Wall, near Hexham, was converted from a barn when the rest of the station was developed, and now includes a kitchenette, living room and a ground floor bedroom with en-suite wet room.

Builder Thomas Richards, 66, lives in the old signal box in Falstone and loves the property. …

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