Monday, 26 September 2016
For a few years in the nineteen nineties there was a lovely little railway museum in Lincolnshire. At the former station at Legbourne Road on the line which once ran between Grimsby and Boston in deepest Lincolnshire a small railway museum had been established.
There was a brief mention of the museum in an early issue of British Railway Modelling - 'Legbourne near Louth'. As a child we occasionally visited a relative who lived in a care home in Louth so we would be very close at time. It had many items of local interest but it was the signal box on the former platform which captivated me as a child and helped my interest in signalling and signal boxes grow.
There was a brief mention of the musuem in an early issue of British Railway Modelling - 'Legbourne near Louth'. As a child we occasionally visited a relative who lived in a care home in Louth so we would be very close at time.
The box, Tramway Crossing, came from near Sutton-on-Sea on the Mablethorpe Loop line. The tramway referred to in the box's name was the short lived Alford & Sutton Tramway which ran for just a few years in the 1890s. The name of the box survived as a reminder long after the tramway was all but a distant memory.
I know now there were some inaccuracies in the placing of the equipment in the box itself - the token machine isn't needed, the non pegging instruments are missing and the levers don't relate to the diagram above the block shelf but for me at the time it didn't matter.
The museum closed in 1998, an auction of many of the exhibits followed not long afterwards - a brief and retively unknown venture but a lovely little spot.
Legbourne Road Railway Station - Disused Stations
Alford & Sutton Tramway