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Ecclesbourne Railway 3/4

The Ecclesbourne Valley Railway is named after the River Ecclesbourne and the track follows the river from its source to its confluence with the River Derwent at the Derbyshire village of Duffield. During the journey in either direction the railway travels through two road crossings, suitably fitted up with proper crossing gates. I took these two shots as a member of staff on board the train alighted to open and close the gates for the train to pass through, probably the ultimate drivers eye view.

Ecclesbourne Railway 3/4

The Ecclesbourne Valley Railway is named after the River Ecclesbourne and the track follows the river from its source to its confluence with the River Derwent at the Derbyshire village of Duffield. During the journey in either direction the railway travels through two road crossings, suitably fitted up with proper crossing gates. I took these two shots as a member of staff on board the train alighted to open and close the gates for the train to pass through, probably the ultimate drivers eye view.

comments (14)

  • Ray
  • United States
  • 19 Apr 2017, 03:00
I suppose you were hoping for a turn at the controls, Brian?
Brian Walbey: Wouldn't have minded having a go Frank.
I like this "cockpit" view!
Brian Walbey: Back in the old days there was always a scramble to get this seat just behind the driver.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 19 Apr 2017, 06:30
It's a serious business protecting the public
Brian Walbey: I've recently seen some videos of ungated crossings, they are so dangerous if people don't use them sensibly.
Definitely a view to cherish whenever on a train, Brian. Lucky you.
Brian Walbey: Back in the old days there was always a scramble to get this seat just behind the driver.
I wonder what all those blue lights are?
Brian Walbey: I guess each one is for some bit of kit in the unit.
  • Lisl
  • Bath, England
  • 19 Apr 2017, 08:19
Good way to see it, Brian
Brian Walbey: Back in the old days there was always a scramble to get this seat just behind the driver.
That system is sure to enhance safety on the crossing Brian.
Brian Walbey: I've recently seen some videos of ungated crossings, they are so dangerous if people don't use them sensibly.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 19 Apr 2017, 10:13
What a loss of energy, for stopping, waiting and pull away again. But this is how it was done ...
Brian Walbey: I've recently seen some videos of ungated crossings, they are so dangerous if people don't use them sensibly.
Amazing how close the tracks are to homes.
Brian Walbey: Not an unusual thing for the tracks to run close to buildings of all sorts like this over here.
  • Anne
  • United Kingdom
  • 19 Apr 2017, 15:25
It looks like you were in prime position Brian.
Brian Walbey: Fortunately the wasn't many people on the train so I grabbed the best spot before anybody else could.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 19 Apr 2017, 15:51
First I thought I would see your backside. I like this driver's view.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Philine.
So different to today's automatic crossings,
Brian Walbey: At least one can't drive across with closed gates, there always seems to be accidents at unmanned crossings.
Nicely done, Brian!
Brian Walbey: Thanks Tom.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 20 Apr 2017, 05:14
Don't you love this point of view, in that regard we have the same thought, Monday I posted my view from the pilot house.
Brian Walbey: When I realised this was my Wednesday posting I tought you and I are on the same track, no pun intended, this week.

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