Historic Structures

The Settle-Carlisle Railway boasts hundreds of railway-related historic structures, perhaps more than any other railway line in the UK. However, the Friends of the Settle-Carlisle Line (FoSCL) only has direct responsibility for managing and maintaining two of these structures, namely Armathwaite Station Signalbox and Settle Station Signal Box.

Should you be interested in another fine and very well restored Midland Railway signal box, see St Albans South.  There is also a list of other restored signal boxes on their web site.  Well worth a look!

Armathwaite Station Signalbox

Photo: Armathwaite Station Signalbox

This structure closed for rail operations on the 15th of January 1983. It has since been fully restored to its Midland Railway appearance and it is now open to the public on an occassional, informal basis. Additional information is available on the Armathwaite Station Signalbox page.



Settle Station Signal Box

Photo: Settle Station Signal Box

This structure closed for rail operations on the 13th of May 1984 and it has since been fully restored. It is now run as a small working museum dedicated to mechanical-era railway signalling on the Settle-Carlisle Railway and it is open to the public on a regular basis. Additional information is available on the Settle Station Signal Box page.

The Settle and Carlisle Railway Trust (one of FoSCL's sister organisations in the Settle-Carlisle Railway Partnership - see http://www.sandctrust.org.uk/ and http://www.settle-carlisle.co.uk/ respectively) has direct responsibility for managing and maintaining four of the other railway-related historic structures, namely:

  • Horton-in-Ribblesdale main station building
  • Kirkby Stephen main station building
  • Ribblehead main station building
  • Ribblehead Station Master's house

The rest of the railway-related historic structures are owned, managed and (where appropriate) maintained by one or more of the following:

  • Network Rail (the owner and operator of the UK's National Rail Network)
  • Northern Rail (the company responsible for operating the scheduled passenger service on the line)
  • Private individuals / organisations


Thumbnail image of poster advertising the SCRCA Historic Structure Survey projectThe SCRCA Historic Structure Recording Project

At the beginning of 2012, a very small group of volunteers launched a long-term project to identify, record and monitor the condition of all the railway-related historic structures within the Settle - Carlisle Railway Conservation Area (SCRCA).

Each structure assessed as part of the SCRCA Project has its own Structure Summary and these can be accessed via the various Structure Lists in the SCRCA Project section of the FoSCL website.

Each Structure Summary brings-together all of the available information and photographs for the structure in question and displays it on a single page.

Additional information regarding this project, with links to all of the associated publicly accessible pages, is available on the Public homepage for the SCRCA Project.

Last updated by Mark Harvey on 31/01/2017

History Posts for 'Historic Structures'

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Publications and other reference sources available on-line The National Heritage List: English Heritage maintains "The National Heritage List" which contains details of all the listed buildings in England which can be accessed at: http://list.english-heritage.org.uk/ Online searches for specific structures can be frustrating as the...

This list has been compiled by Mark Harvey to assist with the SCRCA Project.

Date posted: 2014-Jan-20 14:49:36   /   Date last updated: 2014-Jun-16 17:03:52
Section 94 of the Railways' Clauses Act of 1845 requires that railway companies measure the length of their operational railway lines and install some kind of marker at quarter-mile intervals to denote these measured distances. The precise wording of the Act (which is still on the Statute Book) is as follows: "Milestones. The company...

Getting the measure of things

Date posted: 2014-Mar-16 11:23:16   /   Date last updated: 2014-Oct-30 12:38:07