Spittal Level Crossing

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Spittal Level Crossing

by Ian Hughes

 

Spittal Level Crossing

  • is located on the ECML in NE Northumberland 65.01 miles north of Newcastle Upon Tyne and 1.09 miles south of Berwick Upon Tweed Stations.
  • is under the control of the crossing keeper, supervised by the signalman at Tweedmouth signal box. TCB Regulations apply.

Quail Reference Book 2 Page 23b ECM 7
65.01miles from Newcastle

View of the crossing from the Down side looking generally east. The crossing keepers cabin is on the opposite side of the line:

Spittal Level Crossing
Ian Hughes, 2004

The view of the crossing from the Up side looking generally west:

Spittal Level Crossing
Ian Hughes, 2004

The cabin:

Spittal Level Crossing
Ian Hughes, 2004

Operation

Pedestrians

The passage of pedestrians over the crossing is controlled by miniature Red / Green lights and in general the crossing keeper has no involvement. The wicket gates are not locked during the passage of trains.

Vehicles

The crossing keeper controls the passage of vehicles over the crossing. To use the crossing the driver of the vehicle presses the red bell button on the gatepost to alert the crossing keeper.

The instrument that holds the gate keys:

Spittal Level Crossing
Ian Hughes, 2004

Once alerted the crossing keeper asks for a release from the signalman at Tweedmouth box:

Spittal Level Crossing
Ian Hughes, 2004

The keys are then used to unlock the gates, each key stays in the lock until the gate is relocked. The crossing keeper is unlocking the Up side gate in this shot:

Spittal Level Crossing
Ian Hughes, 2004

The Down side gate is then unlocked:

Spittal Level Crossing
Ian Hughes, 2004

The vehicle can then cross. In this shot the vehicle is crossing west to east. The call attention button can be seen on the gatepost to the left:

Spittal Level Crossing
Ian Hughes, 2004

Once the vehicle has cleared the crossing the gates are re locked. Instrument showing the “free” indication both keys removed:

Spittal Level Crossing
Ian Hughes, 2004

The keys are then replaced in the instrument and the release given back to the signalman at Tweedmouth:

 

Spittal Level Crossing
Ian Hughes, 2004

This article was written in July 2004, arrangements here will not be the same today!

 

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