Level crossing lamp from Wenhaston station

Found in a ditch by the road at Wenhaston Station site, this original Southwold Railway gate lamp provided warnings on the only public level crossing along the line. All four convex lamp glasses (2 red – 2 clear) are in beautiful condition, which is more than can be said for the metal lamp itself!  To see pictures featuring the gate go to pages 8 and 9 of the February 2005 issue on our Newsletters page.

Anyone got any ideas how to go about removing over half a century’s encrustations?

2 thoughts on “Wenhaston lamp

  • 6th February 2011 at 2:09 pm

    Friends – while on the “Historic” thread – in the last few days I’ve had a look at the sections of track at Blackshore Quay and Halesworth. A couple of queries for those with more knowledge than me:
    1) The SR book shows the Blackshore line as a backshunt from the main harbour branch: are there plans extant which prove this? The buffer stop (if that’s what it is) seems to make the siding point in the other direction (towards the south-east), and there’s some isolated sleepers, separate from the main track panel, which seem to curve towards the town.
    2) Also – have these valuable relics been plotted/surveyed (because they seem to be under water at high springs, and therefore vulnerable)?
    3) The small brick and concrete bridge near the main line in Halesworth (with the track panel on) has railings on it, and on its approaches, which look much too close to the rails – are these railings modern? If, however, they are original, or at least rebuilt in the place of originals, then that would make the SR kinetic envelope very cramped indeed.
    Thanks in advance for any help with this.

    • 6th February 2011 at 2:58 pm

      1) There are plans for harbour branch, whcih show a kick-back siding from the harbour back to Blackshore, at which point there was a siding facing east parallel with the bank. 2) No survey has yet been carried out to my knowledge. 3) The railings on the Halesworth bridge at Bird’s Folly were added when the bridge was renovated to celebrate the centenary of the line. The brickwork is original and the reinforcements made in preparation for the change to standard gauge are evident when you walk under the bridge. The second (buried) arch was part of a proposed extension to Halesworth quay that never got off the drawing board, and was discovered during the centenary restorations. Incidentally, there will be a working model of Bird’s Folly (including this bridge!) at the forthcoming Souhtwold Railway Show & Model Railway Exhibition on April 30 / May 1 2011. Watch the website for full details in due course!

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