Thank You !
A big thank you to every one who has already donated to the signal box project, many of which have been anonymous.
March 2021 - New appeal for Chorley Wood Signal Box
Last autumn we asked residents for suggestions about the possible use of the empty signal box at the south end of our station’s down platform. This prompted suggestions that included an educational museum for children and adults alike. This could focus on the railway and how it affected the development of Chorleywood.
Next a committee of wide local representation was established by Martin Trevett and Owen Edis. This included members from CRA, CPC, TRDC, RDRA, CU3A and A&CMRS (see in full below). Since then five Zoom meetings have been held from which good progress has been made in establishing a Constitution, appointing officers, obtaining a bank account, and setting up this website. Most recently a representative from TfL, the owners of the Box, has joined in the meetings. We are hoping for a second site visit in April (when allowed) that will involve other London Underground specialists including the curator of LU Museum.
Ideas for the museum are to have display boards with historical photographs and posters showing the original development and changes to the railway. This would include original track plans with a possible operational model of the station and goods yard (now occupied by the station car park). Also information about past events, reference books, memories of those who served on or watched the railway over the years, and displays of any railwayana that can be made available. We may even include some sounds from steam days.
But before we can do this, the inside of the box needs refurbishing and safe access arrangements need to be installed bearing in mind it is situated on a working railway. It is estimated that these works would cost in the region of £15,000. So our next step is to seek donations and obtain grants from whatever sources we can. To get started we have sent out a Just Giving (Crowdfunding) notice hoping to initially raise £5000 from interested people.
This link will take you to the Just Giving page. Please contribute.
In the meantime, if you have any photos, interesting personal experiences/memories of the railway to describe, or appropriate items of railwayana, please contact the project secretary at 07713862738 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Much of this will go on the Gallery, Memories and History pages on this website some of which will be displayed in the museum when it comes to fruition.
CRA = Chorleywood Residents Association
CPC = Chorleywood Parish Council
TRDC = Three Rivers District Council
RDRA = Rickmansworth and District Residents Association
CU3A = Chorleywood University of Third Age
A&CMRS = Amersham and Chorleywood Model Railway Society
January 2021 - Progress Report
Towards the end of 2020, The Chorleywood Residents Association (CRA) sent out a survey to all subscribers to their monthly e-Newsletter to get views of the residents on possible use of the empty signal box on Chorleywood station. A majority of residents thought it might be best used as an educational museum to include information about the influence of the coming of the railway in 1889 to the development of Chorleywood. This could be similar to the Lady Ela museum in the old summer house in the Chorleywood House Estate with displays of historic posters, photographs, books, memories and perhaps a working model of the station when it was operated before electrification with a functional goods yard.
Accordingly, a virtual project was set up by Martin Trevett and Owen Edis to move this idea forward. A group consisting of representatives from Three Rivers and the Chorleywood Parish Councils, Chorleywood U3A, Amersham and Chorleywood Model Railway Society, Rickmansworth and District Residents’ Association, CRA and most recently Transport for London, was formed.
So far the team has met virtually three times and had a virtual meeting with TfL to find out about protocols and significent issues that affect the project such as leasing, insurance etc. etc. Some long standing residents have already started sharing books and photographs and providing information from their memories of when the line was operated by steam.
Next steps are to get answers to our many questions from TfL, confirm costing proposals made last year by TfL which were to refurbish the interior and provide safe access either from the car park or the down platform. Then there will be a need to raise funds from as many sources as possible, including local residents who would like to support the project. In this connection ideas are being considered to start a Friends of Chorleywood Signal Box and of course, open a business bank account. We have agreed on three officers of Chair, Treasurer and Secretary. CRA’s IT guru Mike Stansfield has started dedicated email addresses for the three Officers and opened a website for which this article might be the first.
It is proposed to keep residents informed via the CRA eNewsletter and their biannual magazine ‘The Chorleywood Resident’. We thank all residents who have already offered their support and we shall be keeping those individuals appraised of progress directly.
August 2020 - The future of our Locally Listed Signal Box
Between 26th August and 19th September 2020 over 100 responses were received to a survey included in the CRA August 2020 e-Newsletter (link).
You can read the results below.