Class 40 at Killingworth level crossing

  • Description

    "In the early days of diesel traction on the East Coast mainline, with the old Pacifics still available, but downgraded to relief engines. Look at all those telegraph poles with multiple lines leading to the signal box. Lost now except on a few heritage railways, they connected the signal box to the boxes each side of it for the safe signalling of trains. The wires were also used to monitor the more distant signals and points by powering indicators in the box. At this time this road was still a main A road leading to the many pit villages. Today there are sweeping dual carriageways in this south-east corner of Northumberland - and no pits! Only those with good memories can still recognise the humps in the ground where old pit heaps have been landscaped. Picture taken from steps of footbridge at Killingworth station - all now gone, including the signal box." Photo by Chris Morgan, 1962.
  • Owner

    Chris Morgan
  • Source

    Geograph (Geograph)
  • License

    What does this mean? Creative Commons License
  • Further information

    Resource type: Image
    Added by: Simon Cotterill
    Last modified: 5 years, 11 months ago
    Viewed: 566 times
    Picture Taken: 1962-06-00
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