Picture above courtesy of David Stickland.

Woodburn Junction has changed so much over the years its hard to imagine today how it really was.

The old brick and wooden box has gone and been replaced with a steel type porta-cabin.

The junction was a complex one with lines to Sheffield Midland, Sheffield Victoria, Rotherham, Darnall engine shed, Tinsley yard and Worksop.

Just today however, the lines to Worksop, Sheffield, and Tinsley Yard (On to Rotherham Central) remain.

The lines to Sheffield Victoria are gone, now it is just a single line to Stocksbridge.

The map below shows how the junction was being upgraded to colourlights, but even this was to change again, (right-click & save to PC to zoom-in).

It is said the name of the box was spelt incorrectly as the road which it is situated is called Woodbourn Road, and after signalling designers spelt it wrong it was too late to go back and change the plans so it had to stay!

An old steam passenger train passes the old box on the 11th of October 1958. The overhead lines are clearly visible (for more info on the electrification click here).

Two Class 76 locos pull a three-way special passed the old Woodburn signalbox on the 16th of July 1978.

Picture provided by Chris Booth. 

A very rare fasinating photo of the old panel and block shelf inside the original Woodburn signalbox pictured by Chris Booth.

Taken on the 13th of October 1992, just before the box was closed and demolished.

Above: The layout has changed dramatically over the years. The main lines shown to Sheffield Midland Station, and the single line to Deepcar shown on the right, this was once the doubled main line to Sheffield Victoria Station.

Pictured above are the special tokens that were used to keep track on the trains during special football matches to Hillsborough stadium via Wadsley Bridge station. 

Unfortunately the trains no longer use this method of transporting fans, even though at the time it seemed like a good idea.

Thanks once again to Chris Booth for sharing this.

During a walkabout at Woodburn Jn in October 2009 I uncovered a sleeper chair still fixed to the sleeper on the former Down Goods line. The date on the chair is "12 33" meaning December 1933. It also appears that the company stamp is 'LMS' (London Midland & Scottish Railway).

The picture above (stated to be taken c.1983) is Woodburn Jn from Sheffield side. The DMU is on the Up Main to Cleethorpes. The other line to left is the Up Goods, to the right of the train is the Down Main, and to the right of that is the Down Goods. The yard to the right is the Carriage Sidings, now taken over by Sheffield Supertram maintenance depot.

The seperate overhead line gantry (minus the wires) on the far left is for the former line to Victoria Station.

A Lincoln to Sheffield DMU pictured on the 21st of March 1987 showing the up and down mainlines, the former down goods line and also the lifting of the Darnall flyover. Just a small piece of track remains.

The trenches also look like the start of resignalling or remodelling of the junction. 

Picture courtesy of Dave Stones.

A Sheffield to Lincoln DMU on the 2nd of April 1988. This great picture shows the former layout even though it has changed a lot over the years.

This view is very much like it is today, obviously the box has gone, the down goods and also the sidings in the background.

The noticable bit for me is the fact that even though the box is still there, some points are Electrical 'HW' type machines, which says to me that even in 1988 (4 years before the box closure), the old Woodburn box days were numbered.

There is also no trace of the former overhead lines whatsoever.

Picture courtesy of Dave Stones.

2nd of April 1988 and a diverted HST is travelling towards Woodburn from the Tinsley/Rotherham branch before the line was singled.

It still sees occasional diversions today caused by engineering work or signalling/track problems.

Pictured by Dave Stones

 

 

 

 

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