What a Dilemma

Thank goodness for the arrival of the flyover at Forest Hall in 1964.

 

Picture this: The village Doctor being called out at night and having to negotiate the level crossing gates at Forest Hall station. Confrontation with the Signalman at the station, who has had to close the crossing gates because of the expected arrival of a main line train either from Newcastle or Edinburgh.

What a dilemma! Whilst the Doctor has an urgent call to make, it is within the rights of the Signalman to hold the gates closed as an accident could occur with serious repercussions if he opened them for the Doctor. This is indeed a dilemma for all concerned, but the Signalman must adhere to the Rules and Regulations of the Railway Company and may lose his job if he opens the gates.

Perhaps it could be said that this is a David and Goliath situation. Thank goodness for the arrival of the flyover at Forest Hall in 1964.

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