The Chorleywood Signal Box project will provide the community with a useful and valuable asset by using the empty listed building at the London end of Chorleywood station. This building has been externally repaired and repainted by its owners Transport for London. However the inside is in a poor state after removal of operational equipment in 1966.
Following consultation with residents, the project will convert the signal box into a museum as an educational resource for school children and adults alike. It will contain memorabilia, pictures and descriptions associated with history of the railway that opened in 1889, and show the major impact it had on the development of Chorleywood and Metro-land.
The Signal Box has two floors, a cabin and an Interlocking Room, both empty and requiring refurbishment that is going to require close to £15,000 from local donations. The museum will cover both floors, the upper housing pictures, maps, diagrams, posters, video displays, and railway artefacts especially associated with past operations of the signal box. The lower floor will house an operational model of the station and goods yard as it would have been in the 1950s.
Meet the team
Michael Stimpson, Chairman
Owen Edis, Secretary
Owen has always been interested in railways, particularly growing up when steam was the main form of traction. So a local museum celebrating those times and how the railway impacted Chorleywood is something he would like to see.
Jackie Worrall, Treasurer
Jackie Worrall is a member of Chorleywood Parish Council and has given her support to a number of local projects over the last 30 years.
Hugh Howes is the author of several books, notably The Struggle for the Cornwall Railway, where a challenging topography and uncertain revenue stream conspired against the project. He was also co-author of Exploring Chorleywood – A Pictorial History. He is currently working on The Industrial Archaeology of the Chilterns for the Chiltern Society.
His career, as a Chartered Town Planner, included local government, the development industry and the Environment Agency where he was involved in the European Water Framework Directive.