Old Romsey railways

Many thanks to Richard Courage, Neil Kearns and Andrew Moody for many of the photos

Halterworth Crossing Crampmoor

Photo 1

Halterworth crossing 1950's

Photo 2

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.


Halterworth train

Photo 3

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 the railway.


Photo 4

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 .


Photo 5

Crompton type 3 ( class 33) waits at the down home signal at Halterworth

Crossing heading light engine to Salisbury


Halterworth Rail Crossing

Photo 6

Standard class 4 No 75075 heads past Halterworth with a Salisbury -

Eastleigh freight . dated around 1964


Steam train Halterworth Romsey

Photo 7

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 .


Photo 8

Halterworth crossing 1960's ?


Halterworth Crossing

Photo 9

During a rainstorm 4REP unit No 3004 leads a diverted

Waterloo - Bournemouth / Weymouth train past Halterworth signal box

during diversions from the mainline.


Photo 10

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.

Halterworth crossing Romsey

Photo 11

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a few months before passenger service was withdrawn.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 signal box.


Halterworth Crossing

Photo 12

Hampshire DEMU 1128 passes Halterworth Crossing with a service

from Eastleigh to Romsey

Halterworth Crossing

Photo 13

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 .

Photo 14

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


Photo 15

Halterworth Crossing taken from Romsey side looking east when it was still 2 tracks.


Photo 16

Early 1970's

Halterworth Crossing

Photo 17

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.

Photo 18

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


Halterworth Romsey

Photo 19

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


Halterworth Crossing Romsey

Photo 20

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 was started

Photo 21

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 .

Photo 22

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 & locks

Inside Halterworth Signal box

Photo 23

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. .

Photo 24

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 Romsey

Photo 25

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 .


Photo 26

The 92203 passing Halterworth in April 1975

Photo 27

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

Halterworth Crossing, Romsey

Photo 28

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

Photo 29

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 demolished.

Half barriers installation Halterworth Romsey

Photo 30

Halterworth Crossing:- Photo taken mid way through the conversion to

half barriers -1973 , Western class loco heads to Eastleigh with a Merehead

to Fareham stone train.

Photo 31

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.


Photo 32

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 worked

Halterworth rail crossing, Romsey

Photo 33

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 .