Signal Box Experience

Take control of the railway in North Weald Signal Box alongside one of our trained volunteers.

Have you ever wondered how the movement of trains is controlled on a busy railway such that trains, locomotives and rolling stock are in the right place at the right time? Unlike signalling simulators, if the sequence of signalling is wrong our trains really can get stuck in the wrong place causing genuine inconvenience to real people. So, why not come and learn for yourself how it's done at one of our signalbox experience days.

You will have the chance to work in the hub of our operational railway and control trains for just £150!

We include two All Day Rover tickets (worth £13 each) and a return cab ride in the diesel locomotive so you can see the signals and points that you have used in the box. This experience day is an ideal choice for a birthday gift or special treat just for yourself - and remember to bring your camera.

Available on selected standard operating days you will start at 09:30 at North Weald where you will meet the duty signaller.  After a brief introduction to the signal box the first train will depart to Ongar at 10:10. You will be shown the token procedure and how to set a route allowing the train to depart for Ongar, this includes the all important liaison using bell codes with Ongar Signal Box and allowing the token to be released.

Throughout the day you will operate mechanical and electrical points, signals and exchange tokens, during which you will gain an understanding of how a signal box operates and familiarise yourself with the different levers and their meanings. The day will end at approximately 16:30 after the last train has arrived at North Weald.

To summarise your day includes:

Experiences available on most operating days. Please contact us for availability.

Booking for this experience is not available online, please send an email to or for more details and to book your place on a convenient date.