Thornton Lane Crossing Keepers Cottage in May 2009. The lane crosses Thornton Beck in the foreground.

Thornton Lane Crossing

Unlike all other gatehouses along the line, the one at Thornton Dale station was unusually set back around a hundred feet from the road on the west side of Thornton Beck. A lane led to it from the road, parallel to the railway.

As with some of the railway cottages which were adjacent to the stations like Sawdon and Forge Valley, the staff such as porter signalmen tended to live in these properties. The station duties of these individuals would likely include the operation of the crossing gates.


Mr Ernest Sellars was a porter signalman living at "the railway cottage" in 1921.


Mr Charles Duck was a signalman for the station living in the railway cottage in 1939.