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The Lambourn Valley Railway
Stations & Crossings
Bockhampton Level Crossing
Photo: A. Attewell
Bockhampton Crossing was sited about a mile east of Lambourn and it was here that the B4000 and the rails crossed, as the line switched to the south side of the road before heading for the station site.

It was the only crossing on the line that included pedestrian wicket gates. There was also a crossing keeper's hut at the lineside. The gates were normally kept locked across the railway, so a junior member of staff would be sent from Lambourn on the station bicycle to meet every train. He would also be required to tend to the road and gate lamps as necessary.
 
The brick-built hut sited on the Lambourn side of the crossing housed a telephone connection to all the manned stations along the line, powered by batteries housed in a cupboard at the rear of the hut.
 
There were no crossing-controlled signals; instead, standard fixed distants were provided. In the 'down' direction, this also served as the fixed distant for Lambourn. The fixed arm for the 'up' direction was in later years affixed to the same post as the Lambourn advanced starting signal, 715 yards from the crossing.
Photo : J.F Russell-Smith
    Above: The driver of  Dean Goods number 2573 poses for the camera just past the fixed distant signal.
Photo : L Nicholson Photo : L Nicholson
Above: 1956 and the afternoon goods train negotiates Bockhampton Crossing before  beginning its final climb to the terminus at Lambourn.
Photo : P.J Garland
Left: A Dean Goods approaches the  crossing with a Lambourn train  in the summer of 1950. The Sunday train crews were officially supposed to open and close the gates themselves, but it became an accepted practice to wait for a member of the traffic department to arrive.

One occasion after arriving early, the crew were discovered in the first compartment sound asleep. The gates were shattered on at least two occassions - all three sets along the line having been demolished by the buffers of the same engine.
 
Photo : Reg Tarbox Photo : Unknown
Opposing views of the crossing - left approaching the crossing for Lambourn in 1959 and - right heading for Newbury, date unknown
Photo : A. Attewell
Photo : D Fereday-Glenn
A two-coach train heading for Newbury in September 1959. Engine crews were instructed to warn of their impending arrival by sounding the whistle when nearing the crossing from either direction. It was customary for Lambourn to ring a bell in the hut to warn the crossing attendant that the train had left Lambourn and was on its way.

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