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BLS Bowesfield Area Signal Box Visits - 8th February 2019

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View from Tees (Yard) Box.<br>[© Nick Jones 2019]

The remains of Tees Yard looking east towards Middlesbrough, the box is left. <br>[© Nick Jones 2019]

Tees (Yard) Box.<br>[&copy; Nick Jones 2019]

Looking down the stairs from the top floor (the things people photograph) - it's a long way up.<br>[&copy; Nick Jones 2019]

Tees Yard diagram. Sadly it's shrunk a bit over the years.<br>[© Nick Jones 2019]

Tees Yard panel.<br>[© Nick Jones 2019]

A close up of the panel.<br>[&copy; Nick Jones 2019]

Tees Yard - the south facing operating room high up in the box.<br>[&copy; Nick Jones 2019]

Containers for Merseyside's rubbish on the move (incinerated at Wilton down the line).<br>[&copy; Nick Jones 2019]

View of the jutting out top floor from ground level…<br>[&copy; Nick Jones 2019]

A newspaper cutting with an aerial photo including Tees Yard in 1960 (top right

View west from Bowesfield box; Eaglescliffe is straight on and Stockton is round to the<br>[&copy; Nick Jones 2019]

Bowesfield Signal Box<br>[&copy; Nick Jones 2019]

View east from Bowesfield Signal Box towards Tees Yard and Middlesbrough.<br>[&copy; Nick Jones 2019]

This signaller's workstation could be anywhere on the planet really (York ROC for example).<br>[&copy; Nick Jones 2019]

Bowesfield workstation.<br>[&copy; Nick Jones 2019]

An Orange Platoon at work in the area during our visit.<br>[&copy; Nick Jones 2019]

Urlay Nook boom level crossing gates were on their 'last wheels' during our visit (and yes it was quite 'urlay' in the day too). Note the Ministry of Defence security fencing in the background.<br>[&copy; Nick Jones 2019]

Despite appearances, this was not Urlay Nook Gate Box museum but active equipment!<br>[&copy; Nick Jones 2019]

The Orange Army is hard at work on the crossing approach road …<br>[&copy; Nick Jones 2019]

…and the BLS Signal Corps is hard at work inside the box.<br>[&copy; Nick Jones 2019]

On the diagram the famous Tees-Side Airport station is right and Eaglescliffe station is far left.<br>[&copy; Nick Jones 2019]

'Switching' to the Bishop Auckland branch this is Heighington with its staggered platforms.<br>[&copy; Nick Jones 2019]

The view from Heighington signal Box.<br>[&copy; Nick Jones 2019]

An enlargement of the plaque on Up (to Darlington) P1 seen above.<br>[&copy; Nick Jones 2019]

Heighington level crossing controls.<br>[&copy; Nick Jones 2019]

A rear view of Heighington Signal Box.<br>[&copy; Nick Jones 2019]

Heighington diagram.<br>[© Nick Jones 2019]

You never know what might be lurking behind a signal panel (Heighington).<br>[&copy; Nick Jones 2019]

Heighington panel.<br>[&copy; Nick Jones 2019]

A close up of Heighington panel.<br>[&copy; Nick Jones 2019]

Shildon Signal Box.<br>[&copy; Nick Jones 2019]

Shildon diagram and instruments,<br>[&copy; Nick Jones 2019]

In case you were wondering why this picture was taken at such a strange angle the sign is covered in clear plastic so a full frontal would lead to considerable flashing.<br>[&copy; Nick Jones 2019]

The train staff for the short connecting line to the Weardale Railway.<br>[&copy; Nick Jones 2019]

Shildon panel.<br>[&copy; Nick Jones 2019]

An insiders view of Shildon Signal Box.<br>[&copy; Nick Jones 2019]

The red device is to adjust for variations in tension due to the weather on a long signal wire pull.<br>[&copy; Nick Jones 2019]

A wooden cased double line LNER block instrument in Shildon Signal Box.<br>[&copy; Nick Jones 2019]