PHOTO GALLERY: NORTH BRITISH RAILWAY
OPENED: 1893 CLOSED: 1966
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Although opened in the 1860s, proper signalling was not provided on the North British Railway’s Morpeth to Reedsmouth and Hexham line until 1893, after its arm was forced by the 1889 Regulation of Railways Act. The signal boxes provided, like most on the part of the NBR network in Northumberland, were built to a different design.
These signal boxes were invariably built in stone and featured steeper roofs with a larger overhang than found on most NBR signal boxes. Here, sash windows are only provided at each end on the front wall and all other windows are fixed.
The signalman has been provided with a tablet exchange platform which is prominent in the above view, although I suspect it was little used as the station platform is nearer the stairs!
A view from the sole station platform shows the arrangement of stairs and porch.
Scotsgap Junction was the junction for the Rothbury branch and the box contained a 30-lever frame to control the layout. The junction for Rothbury was behind the photographer, at the other end of the platform. Passenger services here were withdrawn as early as 1952 but the lines remained for goods traffic. The Rothbury branch closed in 1963 and the main line on 1st October 1966, which resulted in the closure of the box.