It is with regret that we have to report that, after nearly three years of discussion with Transport for London (TfL), the project to open the empty signal box on Chorleywood Station as a museum has had to be shelved. It was planned to open this year as an educational resource intended to cover the history of how the coming of the railway impacted the development of Chorleywood and surrounding areas. This is a shame for the future of this listed building, as it would have been restored and maintained for TfL at no cost to them and would have given the box a useful future, benefiting the community.
Consequently, our project team do not feel it possible to continue with the project as originally intended, but we have instead focused on completing the book which was originally developed to complement visits to the museum. The substantial research that went into this has brought it to become a 62 page A4 book of great interest. This has been on sale for £12 at the Chorleywood Bookshop since December 2022. An A5 version is issued free to all existing signed up Friends of Chorleywood Signal Box.
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.