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Railway Refreshments The Signal Box Inn, Cleethorpes By Cath Locke Although not officially the “Smallest Pub on the Planet� the Signal Box Inn at Cleethorpes is certainly a contender for the title at around eight feet by eight feet. This original Victorian signal box has had a chequered history. Originally sited at the railway on the iron ore workings that served the steel works at Scunthorpe it eventually became disused and was scheduled for demolition. It was then offered by the Appleby-Frodingham Railway Preservation Society to the Cleethorpes Coast Light Railway and was transported to its new location at the end of the Lakeside Platform at Humberston. It stood there for many years and was unceremoniously used for storage. When a then government job creation scheme needed a regional HQ it had to be at least partly cleared out to provide some desk space for them. Following a proposal from a local couple its next re-incarnation in 2006 saw it completely cleared out and established as the small pub that it still is. Although initially experiencing mixed fortunes, after the initial two-year lease it is now operated by the Light Railway itself. This tiny free house has been recently re-furbished and sells a good range of real ales and up to 20 ciders at any time. Food is available from the cafeteria a bit further up the platform and there is extensive seating outside (including some under cover).

Model Railway Express Issue One December 2016  
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