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Midland Railway

WHITTINGTON ROAD CROSSING

Opened: by 1884

Closed: 1973

Location code: LM61/21

Whittington Raod CrossingVery few examples of the Midland Railway's first standard design survived into recent years, but Whittington Road Crossing was one. This box existed on the Sheepbridge branch which diverged from the main Sheffield avoiding line at Dunston & Barlow.

A distinctive feature of all Midland boxes was the chamfered corners at the top of each window section, although later designs had a greater glazed area to improve the signalman's view. The distinctive feature of this first design is the presence of two-pane high windows all round. Boxes of this type were built from 1870 through to 1884, although the exact opening date is not known. This design was superseded by that illustrated at Bolsover.

Note this example is exactly square, the hipped roof having just one finial. A twelve lever frame sufficed for the box's small layout.

Many early boxes were built at ground level, or fairly low, because the Midland Railway's locking frame incorporated all of the interlocking apparatus above floor level. Buckden is an example of this design built at a slightly higher level.

The Sheepbridge branch served only various freight facilities, and a general rundown of these led to closure of this cabin in 1973, a few years before this photograph was taken.



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