Spittal Level Crossing
An interesting survivor
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.
The view of the crossing from the Up side looking generally west
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.
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
Once alerted the crossing keeper asks for a release from the signalman
at Tweedmouth box.
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
The Down side gate is then unlocked
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
Once the vehicle has cleared the crossing the gates are re locked.
Instrument showing the “free” indication both keys removed.
The keys are then replaced in the instrument and the release given back
to the signalman at Tweedmouth
Ian Hughes 7/04