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Heath Signal Box, Coryton Branch Line, Cardiff, south Wales
Feature by urban75 editor, October 2005

Heath signal box was a fairly substantial, two-storey wooden structure north of the junction between the Cardiff Railway and Rhymney Railway.

Heath Junction signal box, Cardiff to Coryton railway line, Cardiff Railway Cardiff, south Wales, UK
Heath Junction signal box taken from a southbound Caerphilly to Cardiff train, 1983.

The line to Coryton can be seen on the left - the section of double track was used by passing trains and only ran as far as the approach to Heath Halt (Lower Level).

Heath Junction signal box, Cardiff to Coryton railway line, Cardiff Railway Cardiff, south Wales, UK
Close up of the gas-lit Heath Junction signal box showing the Coryton branch home signal and suspended gas lamp.

The line was run as a single-line block section, so trains entering the branch would have to collect a 'staff' from the signalman at Heath.

This staff would then be handed back to the signalman before returning train rejoined the main line.

The signal box was flattened in 1984 when the track layout was shortened and simplified, freeing up a substantial amount of land for housing.

There's now a nondescript portacabin in its place, sited opposite its original location.


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