On the old Northern Railway Line at Ballacrye just North of Ballaugh Village is the Ballacrye Level Crossing Gatehouse, this building is where the gate keeper and his family lived;
The duties of the gatekeeper were arduous, as laid down by the Isle of Man Company in 1922 (Link to Ballaugh Heritage Trust)
- The gates were to be kept closed except to allow traffic to pass.
- Gates to be closed to the horse road five minutes before a train was due.
- Special trains had to give a prolonged whistle for crossings.
- A red board by day and three red lights at night to denote that a special train followed. Two red lights denoted a light engine following. These to be displayed on read of train or engines, special to pass within 15 minutes.
- A red board by day or red light at night hung on the front of the train denoted that a special train was to arrive shortly from the opposite direction.
The image was captured on my Sony HX20V camera, resized and cropped in Adobe Photoshop CS6.
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