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Romsey Signal Box openday

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  1. Romsey

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    Romsey Signal Box project has been closed to the public since December 2013 due to building work on adjacent land blocking our main access route.

    After experimenting with revised opening arrangements last autumn as part of the Romsey Festival, the Signal Box will be open to the public on the weekend of 7th and 8th March from 1000 to 1600 on both days. This is in conjunction with Romsey Model Railway exhibition. Access from Romsey station and local roads will be clearly signposted.

    http://www.romseysignalbox.org.uk/

    We will be demonstrating how the signal box would have been operated at a level suitable for the general public. We also invite our visitors to get involved pulling levers and working block instruments under instruction. Specialist visitors often get more involved in operations.

    As another element of the weekend there will be a minibus trip along the route of the "Sprat & Winkle" line between Redbridge and Andover. This is the public announcement which will appear in the local paper on Friday 13th February.

    “Sprat & Winkle trip!
    The Friends of Romsey Signal invite interested members of the public to have a nostalgic trip up the Test Valley in Hampshire to view the remains of a railway opened exactly 150 years ago.
    The railway between Redbridge (Southampton), Romsey and Andover, often referred to as the Sprat & Winkle, was opened on 6th March 1865. The line from Redbridge to Romsey remains open, however the line up the Test Valley to Andover closed in 1964 and much has been converted to form part of the Test Way, a long-distance footpath.
    The opening of the line caused the junction to be created at Romsey, whereupon a new signal box was required. This signal box, closed in 1982, has been preserved and restored to operational order by the Friends of Romsey Signal Box.
    In recognition of the 150th Anniversary, the Friends will be opening the signal box for two special Open Days on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th March, 10am-4pm (entrance free, donations welcomed). Access from Romsey station and local roads will be clearly signposted.
    The Friends are also arranging an afternoon’s guided trip on Saturday 7th March, alongside the route of the line by minibus, starting and finishing in Romsey, to view various locations of railway interest. Spaces on the minibus must be pre-booked, cost £10 per head (to cover the minibus cost). For more details, and to book seats, contact the Romsey Heritage & Visitor Centre, 01794 512987, or Dick Hewett, treasurer@romseysignalbox.org.uk, 01794 500523. A second trip may be arranged if there is sufficient demand.”
    Please PM me if you need any further information.

    Cheers, Neil
     
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    Just for information, the Saturday minibus trip and the duplicate trip on Sunday are very nearly full. 4 places left on Sunday evening.

    Romsey Signal Box will be open 1000 to 1600 on Saturday and Sunday. It will be signposted from Romsey station and Great Well Drive (Park at the Doctors Surgery). Parking is free in the town centre on Sunday.
    http://www.romseysignalbox.org.uk/
    and click on the "visit" tab for directions.

    Best wishes, Neil
     
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    Romsey Signal Box will re-open to the public on a regular basis from 2pm on Sunday 6th September, after a VIP reopening ceremony.
    Thereafter, opening dates for the remainder of 2015 will be Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th September (both 1200-1700, entrance free), and Sundays 4th October, 1st November and 6th December (all 1200-1600, entrance £3 adults gift-aided, children free).
    Easy access from Romsey station, signposted parking at "The Rapids". For more details, please visit http://www.romseysignalbox.org.uk

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    Romsey Signal Box opening details for 2016

    Regular open days
    We will be open from 1200 to 1600 on each of these dates.

    First Sunday of each month from February to December.
    7th Feb, 6th Mar, 3rd Apr, 1st May, 5th June, 3rd July, 7th Aug, 4th Sep, 2nd Oct, 6th Nov & 4th Dec.

    Third Saturday of each month January to November.
    16th Jan, 20th Feb, 19th Mar, 16th Apr, 21st May, 18th June, 16th July, 20th Aug, 17th Sep, 15th Oct & 19 Nov.


    Additional opening Dates

    Any additional open days will be publicised on our web site
    Saturday 5th March
    Sunday 11th September Free admission as part of the Heritage Open Days event.

    http://www.heritageopendays.org.uk/directory


    Group visits welcome at other times by appointment.


    Admission prices
    Adults (16 and over) : £3.00 (with Gift Aid) £2.50 (no Gift Aid)

    Accompanied under 16’s free.

    £10.00 for an annual pass, which includes membership of Friends of Romsey Signal Box.

    For further details please visit our web site –

    http://www.romseysignalbox.org.uk/

    or “PM” me through this forum.

    Regards, Neil
     
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    Romsey Signal Box 2018 opendays - everything you need to know on the attachments.


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    Think it's about time I popped in again considering I see it most days.
     
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    It will be good to see you.
    Remember that we have a cafe with home made cake available on opendays.

    Cheers, Neil
     
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    Urgent update :
    Open day on Saturday 3rd March has been cancelled owing to snow on site.
    Sunday 4th to be confirmed, please check our web site - http://www.romseysignalbox.org.uk/

    Thanks, Neil
     
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    Romsey Signal Box is going to try opening on an experimental basis with Covid 19 restrictions with pre booking of entry slots.
    The planned dates are Sunday 6th September and the Heritage Open days weekend of 19th and 20th September.
    The Heritage Open days are free admission, but any donations will be gratefully received.

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    Depending on how these opendays work, we may go back to our normal opening pattern with all the covid 19 restrictions.

    For further information on Romsey Signal Box Working Museum please visit https://romseysignalbox.org.uk/

    Cheers, Neil
     
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