"I remember back in fifties i and my cousin John Peacock coming back from Reeth in his car late night and thick fog he turned sharp left on to the lines, he ran to Simpsons farm got tractor and pulled car off lines train was due ,he worked for them then".
It seems someone else was also lucky based on this from the Sheffield Daily Telegraph, 13 July 1950
THIRTY-YEAR-OLD Jack Rogers, farm worker at Broken Brear, Brompton-on-Swale, near Richmond, was driving a tractor over a crossing yesterday when a train hit the machine. It sheared off the tractor engine and tore the steering wheel from his grasp. Rogers legs were no more than two feet from the side of the engine. When it passed he was sitting on the back half of the tractor. The rest was 100 years up the line where the train, slowing down, had stopped. Rogers was not even scratched.
Photo of Broken Brea recently posted on Brompton on Swale Banter Facebook Page.
Another photo of Broken Brea recently posted on Brompton on Swale Banter Facebook Page.
Here is another view (March 1969 Photo by Alan Brown)
The Railway crossing keeper's cottage is actually a listed building and was built in 1846 by G T Andrews for George Hudson's Great North of England railway.