Further to my last enquiry regarding the MR loco I have been looking at the photo more closely - The crossing gates are unlike any I have seen before, heavy square posts about eight feet high with a gas lamp atop each one. There is no 'bulls-eye' and I cannot see any sign of a wheel in the signal box (which does not have any name on it) - There is a chap in what looks like a uniform close by the gates, perhaps they were operated by a porter.
That was in 1905 of course, by the 1970s the gates were painted white and had a red bulls-eye in two parts in the centre.
My questions are-
- Did BR have a standard design of crossing gate?
- Anyone ever seen gates like those in the photo before or elsewhere?
The photo is on . . .
I would still like to identify the loco (although I am not sure if those are passenger coaches or cattle vans in tow).