Barnetby East signal box as seen from the station footbridge
60019 at Barnetby
There are many reasons to visit Barnetby. By my reckoning, there are usually at least 6 freights per hour and enough fellow enthusiasts around to tell you what to expect. The town is quiet, as is the station, so it is possible to spend a peaceful afternoon, only punctuated by the sound of diesel locomotives. Barnetby is also one of the few locations left in the UK with working semaphore signals, and the signal boxes to go with them! This is especially interesting as you get plenty of warning of oncoming trains as the signals will be set as much as five minutes before the train arrives. The whole area is being modernised at the moment, but I am told that the semaphores will survive until 2016. Make your pilgrimage while you can!