NZ2670 : Class 40 at Killingworth level crossing

taken 62 years ago, near to Killingworth, North Tyneside, England

Class 40 at Killingworth level crossing
Class 40 at Killingworth level crossing
In the early days of diesel traction on the East Coast mainline, with the old Pacifics still available, but downgraded to relief engines.

Look at all those telegraph poles with multiple lines leading to the signal box. Lost now except on a few heritage railways, they connected the signal box to the boxes each side of it for the safe signalling of trains. The wires were also used to monitor the more distant signals and points by powering indicators in the box.

At this time this road was still a main A road leading to the many pit villages. Today there are sweeping dual carriageways in this south-east corner of Northumberland - and no pits! Only those with good memories can still recognise the humps in the ground where old pit heaps have been landscaped.

Picture taken from steps of footbridge at Killingworth station - all now gone, including the signal box.

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This photo is linked from: Automatic Clusters: · Level Crossing [6] · Killingworth Station [4] · Train [4] · East Coast Mainline [3] ·
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NZ2670, 38 images   (more nearby 🔍)
Chris Morgan   (more nearby)
Date Taken
June 1962   (more nearby)
Sunday, 25 March, 2012
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 2678 7097 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:1.9523N 1:34.9538W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NZ 2681 7088
View Direction
North-northwest (about 337 degrees)
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Image classification(about): Geograph · First in 5 Years (TPoint) (about)
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