|Oxmardyke Gate Box on the Hull - Selby line. A lovely example of a North Eastern Railway S1 Cabin.|
The box at Oxmardyke dates from 1901 and is a North Eastern Railway S1 type of cabin. It was originally a block post but was down graded to a gate box in the early twenties. At this time Staddlethorpe (now GIlberdyke) has three signal boxes in the space less than half a mile - all with a huge array of levers and with the abilities to regulate between fast and slow lines.Since the abolition of Staddlethorpe East SB, the gate box lies in the section between Staddlethorpe (now Gilberdyke) and Broomfleet boxes.
Once the frame filled the box but since 1956 when a reconditioned McKenzie and Holland frame was installed of just sixteen levers and now it fills a third of the box. It retains a lovely gate wheel for operating the barriers.
Repeater instruments in the block circuits provide information for the crossing keeper as to the whereabouts of trains, along with a repeater bell so they here the various bell signals being sent between Gilberdyke and Broomfleet. They are listening out for either Train Entering Section or Train Approaching Section (the latter for Down non stopping trains through Gilberdyke) as their cue to drop the barriers and pull off on the appropriate road.
For a grade 1 job, they really earn their money, doing just as much work as a signalman for less money!
The full set of photos can be found here, on Flickr.