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A short distance ahead, this single-track branch-line runs into Creswell Junction, on the ex-Midland Railway Worksop to Mansfield line. Near this viewpoint the line runs across a bridge over a track, and parallel on the left is the A616 road. The semaphore signal, yellow and black with a fish-tailed end, was known as a 'Distant' signal. This one informed oncoming trains whether they could run through the junction without having to stop first. It is attached to a post which is square in section and made of timber (rather than a more modern tubular-steel post). At the junction trains' joined the 'Up' line, travelling towards Mansfield ( i.e. running southwards). Each semaphore signal had a name which described its function. From the known facts above it is possible to re-construct an approximate name for this one: the 'Up Branch Distant' (or a form of words meaning the same thing) operated from the signal box at Creswell Junction (when naming a signal, in speech the suffix 'signal' was often dispensed with). This line ran to Staveley, and the section shown here, as far west as Clowne station, faced westbound trains with a very steep gradient of 1 in 50. Much of the traffic along this route would have been formed of rakes of loose-coupled waggons loaded with coal. The passenger service along the line was withdrawn in July 1954. Freight traffic continued for a further 40 years or so but, as may be inferred from this photograph, had ceased several years ago.