Trains cancelled: wrecked signal box on the lines

Clapham signal box collapse July 1965. Note the two men at the top of the ladder
Clapham signal box collapse July 1965. Note the two men at the top of the ladder

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Many Portsmouth-area commuters to London will remember the chaos caused by the spectacular collapse of a signal box at Clapham Junction.

It happened on May 10, 1965, when it is reckoned the Clapham A Box simply gave way under its weight – 300 tons – bringing chaos to the network.

In the picture (right) note the two men at the top of the ladder. Health and safety would have a field day today.

I wonder if today’s sailors send home greeting cards like the one below sent in 1931 by ‘Geordie’ to, perhaps, his ‘Mammie’ but, somehow, I doubt it.

Geordie was serving in HMS Royal Sovereign, a Revenge class battleship.

She was sent to Russia in May 1944 to assist in convoy protection and renamed Arkhangelsk.

In 1949 she was returned to the Royal Navy and sent for scrap.