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Haltwhistle - Wetheral Signal Box visits - 14th February 2020

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Our readers will know that signal boxes come in all sorts of sizes and shapes - this 'temporary' building (centre) is Haltwhistle; the railway is behind with the platform for Carlisle in the distance. The remains of the Goods Shed is to the left.<br>[&copy; Nick Jones 2020]

It's a wind up … not some sort of mediaeval torture but tensioning equipment in the ex-NER signal box for long signal wires so that they could be adjusted for temperature changes.<br>[&copy; Nick Jones 2020]

The one and only Engineer's Siding (the other was far left) looking towards Newcastle - the ex-NER Signal Box is background far right.<br>[&copy; Nick Jones 2020]

Haltwhistle NX panel, on which Carlisle is to the right and Newcastle left; the trailing crossover and Engineer's Siding can be seen and former open cast coal disposal point (left end). Through the leftmost window can be seen the Carlisle platform at Haltwhistle.<br>[© Nick Jones 2020]

Haltwhistle NX panel, on which Carlisle is to the right and Newcastle left; the trailing crossover and Engineer's Siding can be seen and former open cast coal disposal point (left end).<br>[© Nick Jones 2020]

A 'token' selection of our members 'staff' our Society's 14 Feb 2020 signal box visits in Haltwhistle NER box. Organiser and party leader, Nick Jones, is 'in the frame', far right. It was less than six weeks later that social distancing was invented.<br>[© Nick Jones 2020]

The ex-NER Haltwhistle Signal Box diagram and restored lever frame.<br>[&copy; Nick Jones 2020]

The ex-NER Haltwhistle Signal Box diagram and restored lever frame.<br>[© Nick Jones 2020]

From the box, a Newcastle to Carlisle train approaches. The Alston branch ran on a third track to the right, curving sharp right in the distance.<br>[© Nick Jones 2020]

Looking towards Newcastle from the footbridge, the NER box is right. Again the Alston branch ran along the right side on its own track.<br>[© Nick Jones 2020]

You've Been Framed… a view we have not had in BLN before; looking down on the frame detail in the NER box.<br>[© Nick Jones 2020]

View towards Carlisle from inside the box, the platform for Alston was left (no ramp then).<br>[© Nick Jones 2020]

A distant view towards Carlisle; the current box, Engineer's Sidings & crossover are ahead.<br>[&copy; Nick Jones 2020]