Brian Moseley, Plymouth
Webpage created: September 27, 2017.
Webpage updated: September 27, 2017




Friary Junction Signal Box was opened by the Great Western Railway Company in around 1895 as a replacement for a small, 16-lever signal box at Tothill Crossing, where the lane entered The Embankment.  This new box had 21 levers, some spare, and controlled the level crossing, the Exchange Siding with the Plymouth and Dartmoor Railway, and the junction with the London and South Western railway Company's main line to Friary Station.  The level crossing was done away with in 1898 when a bridge was constructed to take Tothill Lane across the railway line.  The Box, which was situated on the Up side travelling from Friary Station, was 440 yards from Mount Gould Junction Signal Box and 924 yards from Plymouth Friary "A" Signal Box.

The levers for the Distant Signals for the Sutton Harbour Branch were disconnected in 1919 as Distant Signals were not exactly required in this situation and the signals were fixed at Caution.  In 1921 the Exchange Siding was taken out of use, reducing the number of working levers still further.  A plan in 1921 to merge the Friary Junction and Mount Gould Junction signal boxes was dropped.  The line to Northey's Siding was singled in November 1936.

As from August 19th 1938 Friary Junction Signal Box was worked by one of two Southern Railway Company Porter/Signalmen based at Friary Station.  The hours of working were reduced from 12 hours 35 minutes to three separate periods totaling 1 hour 45 minutes per day just to cover the freight trains from Laira to Sutton Harbour. 

Hours of opening as from November 4th 1957 until further notice: Weekdays, as required.

Friary Junction Signal Box was closed on or as from September 29th 1959.  It was replaced by a ground frame unlocked from Mount Gould Junction Signal Box.