THE SIGNAL BOX

BRANCH LINES

WOOD DITTON

A TRIBUTE TO DAVE STENNING
by Danny Goodrum

Wood Ditton crossing cabin
Photograph by David Stenning

Wood Ditton is a level crossing between Newmarket and Dullingham, now protected by Automatic Half Barriers. Until conversion it boasted this rather pleasant gate box. Although its arrangements suggest that it was built as a gate box rather than a full-blown signal box, it could operate as a signal box when required (during the 1950s, at least) - although this facility seems to have been removed by 1960. Apparently it was so used on Newmarket race days to cope with the heavy traffic. Signal arms were removed from their posts and stored under the box at other times.

Additional notes by Michael Baldwin and Peter Armand



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