A memorable photo. The cattle pens were just behind the box. The gates were opened remotely by a wheel in the box overlooking the gates. When passenger traffic ceased the gates were opened by hand but without the mechanism the gates took a lot of man-handling. Just think the line was in operation for about 130 years in total but has now been closed for 51 years
when you next visit the severn valley railway take time to visit the museum at kiddyminster railway station ...look up high in the roof inside the museum and there is the sign from tredegar no1 signal box! a long way from its home but still servives the severn valley railway is a brilliant place to visit, on a sunday, you can have sunday lunch on the steam train
The NCB shed is at the left of the picture. If you look closely you can see a couple of coal trucks outside, and two wheels on an axle.
IIRC the shed was mainly used for repair and refurbishing trucks. There always seemed to be lots of oxy-acetylene torches and arc welders on the go when I walked past on the way to and from school.
A separate railway line ran from the shed down towards Ty Trist pit. It crossed the road at an "open" crossing between The Prom and the main level crossing. I can't remember what happened when a train wanted to cross - presumably they had banksmen either side to stop any road traffic.
Mike, They had a chap with a red flag who "lived" in a little brick shed just to the N of crossing. He would come out and stop the traffic with his flag; it wasnt necessary to have two men in those days. For much of my young life it was Mr Williams who lived in Harcourt Tce; his daughter Connie bacame Mrs Morgan and their son Barry was at TGS with me