Open and shut case of the railwayman at Dunstable crossing

The level crossing in Brewers Hill Road, Dunstable
The level crossing in Brewers Hill Road, Dunstable

The man with the flag in this undated picture was photographed working at the old Dunstable North railway station and sidings.

It looks as though he was in charge of opening and closing the gates of the level crossing over Brewers Hill Road.

The area has changed almost beyond recognition in recent years, but a landmark gas holder is still visible today, behind the new Dunstable fire station.

The offices for Central Beds Council now stand over much of the old railway station site, and there’s an additional car park for council employees over part of the old railway track.

The railway ran from Leighton Buzzard through Stanbridge and Dunstable on its way to Luton.

Houses are now being built alongside the old track on the AC-Delco factory site.

Part of the route to Stanbridge, behind the car park, is now a cycleway.

> A new book of Dunstable Yesteryear photos has now been published, titled Dunstable Through Time.

Signed copies of the book are available from the author, John Buckledee, at 69 Derwent Drive, Dunstable, LU6 3PB.

Price is £17 which covers the cost of postage and packing.