Old railway sign returns to North Thoresby

Garth Lewin, Leyland Penn, Kirsty Moncaster and Renny Briggs with the sign.
Garth Lewin, Leyland Penn, Kirsty Moncaster and Renny Briggs with the sign.
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A railway sign that once stood proud in North Thoresby has been returned to a site close to where it was originally located up until the village station was closed in 1970.

The newly-restored name board, which came from the signal box that once stood alongside the level crossing in Station Road, is now on display close by in the New Inn pub, thanks to volunteers at the Lincolnshire Wolds Railway (LWR).

Explaining how the Great Northern Railway name board came into their possession, Leyland Penn, from the LWR, said: “A couple of months ago, I had a message from an anonymous caller saying they had left an item that we would be interested in.

“It was a large wooden ‘North Thoresby’ signal box name board, albeit in quite a dilapidated condition.

“The heritage railway’s maintenance team decided to renovate it and put it back as it would have looked back in GNR days.”

Kirsty Moncaster, from the New Inn, said: “I am delighted to have the sign on show because the pub has important connections with the railway that used to run through the village.

“It is appropriate that the name board is now on display just a few yards from the site where it was located all those years ago.”

Pictured holding the newly-restored North Thoresby name board are, from left, Garth Lewin, Leyland Penn, Kirsty Moncaster and Renny Briggs.