SCRCA Historic Structure Recording Project: Public Homepage
At the beginning of 2012, a very small group of volunteers launched a long-term project to
- identify, record and assess the condition of all the railway-related historic structures within the Settle - Carlisle Railway Conservation Area (SCRCA); and to
- provide the individuals and organisations responsible for managing the conservation area with information that will help them to assess and understand the relative importance of those structures.
A short introduction to the aims & objectives of the SCRCA Project and a brief summary of progress to date is available on the Introduction and Overview page.
Introductory image gallery
The low-resolution composite images in the introductory gallery (see thumbnails below) illustrate the wide variety of structure-types that are being recorded as part of the SCRCA Historic Structure Recording Project. To see larger versions of all six composite images in a slideshow overlay, click on the first thumbnail below.
A short briefing document has been prepared to place the SCRCA Project in context by providing:
- a brief overview of the purpose and management of Conservation Areas in general;
- the background to evaluating Conservation Area structures that may be under threat of alteration or demolition / removal;
- the historical precedent for embracing 'managed change' within the SCRCA; and
- a quick look at the implications of all this for the SCRCA Project.
This briefing document is presented on the Background & context page.
The Glossary of terms and code-list explains the terminology and codes used on SCRCA Project webpages, structure Assessment Reports, etc. When a defined term is used on an SCRCA Project webpage for the first time, a 'look-up link' is usually provided to the relevant section of the glossary. If you are unfamiliar with the terms and codes associated with the SCRCA Project, you may find it helpful to open the glossary in a separate window for ease of reference.
Accessing the SCRCA Project Database
The SCRCA Project has already generated a significant quantity of material (information, images, etc) relating to structures within the Settle-Carlisle Railway Conservation Area and new material will be generated on an ongoing basis for the foreseeable future. One of the primary objectives of the SCRCA Project is to provide public access to this information wherever it is both possible and appropriate for us to do so. This is currently being achieved via the SCRCA Project section of the FoSCL website and material is being uploaded as fast as volunteer resources allow. However, this is an extremely time-consuming process, so progress has been (and will continue to be) 'slow-but-steady'. (If you'd like to help speed-up the process, please respond to the plea for additional volunteers near the end of this page.) The publicly accessible material that has already been uploaded can be accessed in a number of different ways:
Historic Structure Lists
The two versions of the Historic Structure List display brief details of every structure in the SCRCA Project database for which publicly accessible information is currently available. As a general rule, a structure will only appear on the Historic Structure List after it (or its site) has been positively located on the ground AND at least one relatively recent photograph of the structure (or its site) has been obtained AND the structure has been assessed AND all of this material has been uploaded to the database. As the SCRCA Project is still in its early stages, the Historic Structure Lists only contain a relatively small number of Structure Records. However, additional Structure Records are being added on a regular basis. The long-term goal is to create and maintain a comprehensive, publicly accessible database covering every railway-related major civil-engineering structure and significant auxiliary structure within the SCRCA.
The 'Historic Structure List (thumbnail image version)' displays the Structure ID for each structure, plus its Brief Description, rail-location information (Miles, Chains and Position relative to the main running lines), Type, Variant, Period and Current Use. Where a Default Image is available, a thumbnail version of this is also displayed. Larger versions of these images can be viewed individually or collectively in a slideshow overlay if desired. Clicking on the Structure ID or Brief Description will open the relevant Structure Summary.
The 'Historic Structure List (text only version)' is similar to the thumbnail version described above, except that the photographs have been omitted to speed-up the page-loading time (useful for those with a slow internet connection) and to reduce the length of the page (useful when printing the page). The 'variant' field has also been omitted to increase the space available for the description. A 'Count' column has been added so that the total number of matching (publicly accessible) entries can be assessed at a glance.
The SCRCA Structure Location Map is a map-based version of the Historic Structure List. It uses aerial photography and mapping data supplied by Google Maps to display the location of SCRCA structures. By default, a red marker is used to indicate the position of every structure for which publicly accessible information is currently available. If desired, one or more of the filters above the map can be used to control which structures are displayed. The scale of the map can be altered by following the instructions in the introductory paragraph above the map. Hovering the cursor over a marker will display a small bubble containing the Structure ID. and a Brief Description for the relevant structure. Clicking on one of the red markers will open a larger information bubble containing the following information for the structure concerned: the Brief Description (title), a thumbnail image (if one is available), the unique Structure ID., the Structure Type, Structure Variant, the Current Use and the rail-location (Miles, Chains and Position). Clicking on the structure's Description (title) in this information bubble will open the relevant Structure Summary.
When seeking to identify similarities and differences between broadly similar structures, it can be helpful if images of the structures concerned can be laid-out close to one another. The Structure Comparison Gallery has been designed to do exactly that. Thumbnail versions of the default images are grouped by 'Structure Type' and 'Structure Variant' (where appropriate) and displayed side-by-side. Larger versions of the images can be viewed individually or collectively in a slideshow overlay if required. A link to the full Structure Summary is provided for each displayed thumbnail image.
The 'Structure Type Definitions' page contains full details of (and definitions for) the Structure Types that are being used for the SCRCA Project, plus their two-character short-codes and related definitions. Clicking on one of the Structure Type codes will display the relevant description plus thumbnail versions of the default images for all structures of that type for which publicly accessible information is currently available. The definitions and images contained in this database are designed to expand upon the information provided in the glossary.
Some of the Structure Types have been sub-classified into 'Variants'. The 'Structure Variant Definitions' page contains full details of (and definitions for) all of the Variants that are being used for the SCRCA Project and it works in conjunction with (and in a similar manner to) the Structure Type Definitions page.
For important information regarding data control, copyright and data-usage, please refer to the 'SCRCA Project: Notes regarding data control, copyright and usage' page.
If you would like to learn more about the history of the Settle-Carlisle Railway and / or its structures, the sources listed in the following history posts may be of interest:
- General Settle-Carlisle Railway history:
- Building the line:
- Historic structures:
- Historic operations:
SCRCA Project Team Members
A list of the current members of the SCRCA Project Team, with mini-biographies where available, is available on the 'SCRCA Project Team Members' page.
A plea for additional volunteers
The SCRCA Project is an enormous undertaking for a relatively small volunteer organisation but many hands make light work so, if you'd like to help speed things up, we would very much like to hear from you. The areas where voluntary assistance would be most helpful are listed and briefly explained on the 'SCRCA Project: Getting Involved' page.
A plea for information, photographs etc
If you have any photographs, film / video, plans, drawings, or information relating to the design, construction, use, or demolition / removal of structures within the SCRCA that you are willing to share with the SCRCA Project Team, we would be grateful if you would contact Ruth Evans via e-mail (email@example.com) or post (Ruth Evans 49 Kings Mill Lane, Settle, North Yorkshire BD24 9FD). When doing so, please briefly state the nature and content of the information / material in question, along with your terms regarding its use. (The SCRCA Project Team will respect and comply with any reasonable terms regarding the use of material supplied in connection with the SCRCA Project and we are happy to discuss and agree such terms in advance.)
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SCRCA Project Menu
- SCRCA Project Homepage
- Introduction and Overview
- Background and Context
- Glossary of Terms
- Historic Structure List (thumbnail-image version)
- Historic Structure List (text-only version)
- Structure Location Map
- Structure Comparison Gallery
- Structure Type Definitions
- Structure Variant Definitions
- Notes on copyright, database rights, data usage and data control
- SCRCA Project Team Members
- Getting Involved
The SCRCA Project: Featured Structures
A random selection of structures from the Settle-Carlisle Railway Conservation Area (SCRCA) Historic Structure Recording Project database are shown below. To view a larger version of an image and the relevant 'Structure Summary', click on the image or its caption.