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Shottle signalling moves forward

A 110-year-old signal box, originally from Oddingley Crossing in Worcestershire, has been lifted into position at Shottle station on the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway in Derbyshire.

The project initially started some 18 months ago when Mick Thomas and a team of volunteers designed and installed the concrete foundations, provided the required steelwork and refurbished the structure ready for installation.

It was planned to use a road crane next to the railway at Shottle, to lift the structure into its final position. However, due to the poor ground conditions, this was not possible. An opportunity to hire a suitable road rail crane for a fixed fee arose in May 2020, which was therefore booked in anticipation.

WyvernRail is keen to obtain the support and assistance from the railway industry going forward, to complete this project in a timely manner. Assistance regarding signalling, telecommunications and civil engineering design and installation would be most welcome. This project is especially appealing to graduate engineer and modern apprentice training schemes, potentially allowing on the job experience in a safe and controlled environment.

Further details can be obtained from [email protected]

Nigel Wordsworth BSc(Hons) MCIJhttp://therailengineer.com

SPECIALIST AREAS Rolling stock, mechanical equipment, project reports, executive interviews


Nigel Wordsworth graduated with an honours degree in Mechanical Engineering from Nottingham University, after which he joined the American aerospace and industrial fastener group SPS Technologies. After a short time at the research laboratories in Pennsylvania, USA, Nigel became responsible for applications engineering to industry in the UK and Western Europe. At this time he advised on various engineering projects, from Formula 1 to machine tools, including a particularly problematic area of bogie design for the HST.

A move to the power generation and offshore oil supply sector followed as Nigel became director of Entwistle-Sandiacre, a subsidiary of the Australian-owned group Aurora plc. At the same time, Nigel spent ten years as a Technical Commissioner with the RAC Motor Sports Association, responsible for drafting and enforcing technical regulations for national and international motor racing series.

Joining Rail Engineer in 2008, Nigel’s first assignment was a report on new three-dimensional mobile mapping and surveying equipment, swiftly followed by a look at vegetation control machinery. He continues to write on a variety of topics for most issues.

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