Halterworth crossing 1950's
Standard class 5 4-6-0 steam loco
heads towards Eastleigh with a freight from Salisbury. It
has just passed Halterworth Crossing and is parallel with
Crampmoor Bungalows - photographed passing an empty building
plot near No. 9.
Battle of Britain class loco no
34086 - 219 Squadron passes the bottom of No 5 Crampmoor
Bungalows just past Halterworth crossing with a Salisbury
- Eastleigh freight - before the trees grew up & hid
We have Hampshire DEMU passing
Halterworth Crossing with a Romsey - Eastleigh service.
Caravans in the foreground were at the back of Wells Garage
in Halterworth Lane .
Crompton type 3 ( class 33)
waits at the down home signal at Halterworth Crossing
heading light engine to Salisbury
Standard class 4 No 75075 heads past Halterworth with a
Salisbury - Eastleigh freight . dated around 1964
BR standard class 5 No 73087 'Lynette"
passes Halterworth Crossing with a Portsmouth - Cardiff
cross country service, diverted via Eastleigh. The mirror
on the l/h side was to see cars coming down the hill of
Halterworth lane & the hut on the r/h side was the lamp
room where the signal lamps were serviced .
Halterworth crossing 1960's ?
During a rainstorm 4REP unit No
3004 leads a diverted Waterloo - Bournemouth / Weymouth
train past Halterworth signal box during diversions from
An engineers train from Eastleigh
passes Halterworth box headed by a Crompton type 3 diesel
- the crossing house to the right was occupied by Bill Steele
a porter at Romsey station.
Hampshire Demu 1124 passes Halterworth Crossing en route
to Eastleigh a few months before passenger service was withdrawn.
The signal WBV2 works in conjunction with WBW1 at Romsey
Hampshire DEMU 1128 passes Halterworth Crossing with a service
from Eastleigh to Romsey
Hampshire 3 car DEMU passes Halterworth's
down home signal WBV2 with a service from Eastleigh . Crampmoor
Bungalows are situated behind the train to the left .
Western hauled stone train in
the snow - Merehead to Fareham road stone train heads towards
Eastleigh past Halterworth box - 1971. --& yes I had
permission to be there on the track
Looking west out of Halterworth
signal box finds a Crompton type 3 heading towards Eastleigh.
In the background is the train register desk where all train
times & movements are recorded.
Diversion weekend again at Halterworth,
we have a Weymouth-Waterloo fast service (91) held at the
up home signal as it awaits clearance onward to Eastleigh,
as a Waterloo-Bournemouth service (92) approaches Romsey
outer home signal in the distance
Brush type 4 heads a returning excursion from the South
Coast to South Wales on the down road past Halterworth signal
box. This was the second to last train to use the down road
, as it was closed later that Saturday night for singling
Brush type 4 - D1666 'Odin' passes Halterworth Crossing
with a return excursion to the Western region & becomes
the last train to run over the down line from Eastleigh
to Romsey - later that evening it was closed & singling
Halterworth up home signal - photo
taken after the line was singled - this was quite a high
signal as the lamp man had to climb the ladder to the top
to change the paraffin lamp - every week. In early days
there was also a duplicate at the down home - same height,
till replaced by the electric signal .
Halterworth Signal Box:- The block
shelf & lever frame at Halterworth Crossing - taken
1971. The two instruments are Preece s 1 wire - the L/H
to Eastleigh & the R/H to Romsey , yellow levers are
distants & red home signals - the others are gate levers &
Diversions again, this time at
Halterworth box, a Waterloo - Bournemouth semi fast (92)
passes the box en-route from Eastleigh - Romsey & then
back via Redbridge to Southampton. Seen from inside the
box with the gate wheel to the left, frame on the right.
This wheel manually controlled the wooden gates & took
some effort to move. .
Taken in 1971 - shows the block
shelf at Halterworth signal box, simple up & down line
with no points. The black box in the centre allows the box
to be shut out of service. The bell push on the left still
says Chandlers Ford, but in fact went to Eastleigh.
Halterworth Signal Box. Another
shot of the box in action , we have the signals pulled off
for a down train from Eastleigh , gate stops, gate lock
, down home & down distant , if you look at the round
signal indicators , one black , one white they show the
signals in the 'off 'or clear position .
The 92203 passing Halterworth
in April 1975
Diverted Weymouth Quay - Waterloo,
Channel Islands Boat train passes Halterworth on a sunny
Sunday morning. It was diverted via Romsey & Eastleigh
due to engineering works on the main line. Early 70 s
Here is the signaling diagram
from Halterworth signal box showing the layout of the tracks &
signals. This is when it was double track , so taken in
1970 or so
Halterworth Crossing 1973 There
were diversions for a week or two as they dug up the crossing
as well as putting in a new bridge over the stream. The
crossing box became just a gate post, only opening the gates
when the warning buzzer went off as the train approached
- then it went to fully automatic & the box was
Photo taken mid way through the conversion to half barriers
-1973 , Western class loco heads to Eastleigh with a Merehead
to Fareham stone train.
The final day - the signal box at Halterworth is closed
- the nameplate has been removed & the technicians
are disconnecting the circuits.
Signalman Ken Freemantle has just signed off duty &
heading home. The nameplate was purchased from British Rail &
now resides in West Moors in good hands.
The brochure that was handed out
locally when the barriers were put in at Halterworth inside
it gave readers an idea of what they are & how they
Halterworth signal diagram after
the line was singled - it was just to give train positions
, as here, we have a train in the section from Eastleigh
- the diagram is lit up PA/PB/PC/PD - The old instruments
were taken out - it was basically a gate post . - 1973 before
it went automatic & the box closed .