Structure / Site Summary for 234580

Settle Junction Signal Box (1913 - present)

Settle Junction Signal Box: South-east elevation view

Key details from the SCRCA Structure Record

Brief description: Settle Junction Signal Box (1913 - present)

Assessment status: Assessed

Location 1 - Rail-miles: 234

Location 2 - Chains: 47.00

Location 3 - Position relative to main running lines (tracks): Down

Is a structure of this type shown at this location on the MR 1911 landplan?: Yes

Construction / installation period: MR-O

Current Use: Railway ops

Visibility: Part-visible

Accessibility (ease of access): Easy


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1: Context views

20 July 2012
Settle Junction: View to the north from beside the signal box     
30 April 2012
Settle Junction Signal Box: Context view from the north     
22 April 2012
234580 Settle Junction Signal Box 1913 - present: Elevation view from south east     
13 August 1983
Settle Junction Signal Box: Context view from the south-east     
Settle Junction Signal Box: Context view from the south     

2: Elevation views

20 July 2012
Settle Junction Signal Box: North Elevation view     
20 July 2012
Settle Junction Signal Box: South elevation view     
30 April 2012
Settle Junction Signal Box, south elevation     
30 April 2012
Settle Junction Signal Box: East elevation view     
30 April 2012
Settle Junction Signal Box: North-east elevation view     
16 April 2012
Settle Junction Signal Box: South-east elevation view     

3: Detail views

20 July 2012
Settle Junction Signal Box Interior: Block instruments and gradient profile     
20 July 2012
Settle Junction Signal Box Interior: Lever Frame (1)     
20 July 2012
Settle Junction Signal Box Interior: Lever Frame (2)     
20 July 2012
Settle Junction Signal Box Interior: Lever Frame (3) and block instruments     
20 July 2012
Settle Junction Signal Box Interior: Lever Frame (4) and block instruments`     
20 July 2012
Settle Junction Signal Box Interior: signal-wire tensioning wheels / handles     
20 July 2012
Settle Junction Signal Box Interior: Track layout panel (1)     
20 July 2012
Settle Junction Signal Box Interior: Track layout panel (2)     
20 July 2012
Settle Junction Signal Box Interior: Track layout panel (3)     
20 July 2012
Settle Junction Signal Box: Point-rodding, cranks, etc     

4: Cab-views

30 August 2012
Settle Junction Signal Box (1913 - present)     

Primary / Secondary References

A signal box is not shown on Sheet 1 as its location just outside the boundary of the plan. However, the label "Settle Junction S.B." is visible at the extreme left-hand edge of Sheet 1. The location of the signal box is, however, shown on sheet 17 of the landplans covering Skipton to Wennington and these date from a similar period.

Figure 1 shows the trackplan for Settle Junction after the remodelling of 1895.

Figure 2 shows the 1967 signalling diagram for Settle Junction.

Plate 1 is a useful B&W context photograph taken circa 1914 showing the view to the north from Settle Junction South signal box: the Settle Junction signalbox of this period is just visible in the distance. The accompanying text provides useful information about the development of / changes to this area over time.

Plate 4 shows the south and part of the east elevation of Settle Junction signal box in 1938 plus some of the track & signalling associated with the junction itself.  The accompanying text refers to the date of the box's construction ["1913"] and the type of lever frame that it contained ["Midland Tappet (6in. centre)"].

The following is a direct extract from page 177 of Gough, John: "The Midland Railway - A Chronology", 2nd edition, published by The Railway and Canal Historical Society (1989):

"Settle Junction SB: Opened c.1875 // Replacement box: Opened 30/10.1892 // Replacement box: Opened 14/09.1913 // Reframed 1960 // Settle Junction remodelling: Commenced 13.10.1895"

Pages 18 - 20 provide a brief overview of the Settle Junction area. The relevant portion of the Midland Railway's 1912 landplans is reproduced on pages 18-19. The text on page 19 includes the following:

"The present 31-lever signalbox, . . . is the third to have been built and dates from 1913. The signal box is 21 ft long, 11 ft wide and with a working floor at about eight feet above the height of the rails. The coal bunker provided was made of old railway sleepers."

"For a time, from 1874, Settle Junction had two signal boxes. The South Box controlled the switching of traffic from the north to the Morecambe line, It was renewed in 1894 and removed in 1922."

On page 35 there is an undated B&W photograph showing the railside elevation of Settle Junction Signal Box plus the aftermath of goods train derailment of 11th January 1960. The photograph is accompanied by four short paragraphs recounting the incident and the subsequent clear-up operations.


Notes / additional information

The signal boxes that remain standing within the boundaries of the SCRCA can be compared and contrasted via the 'SCRCA Structure Type Definition' page for signal-boxes.

On 5th March 2013, the Network Rail website contained a page entitled "Britain's signalling heritage" which included a link to an Excel spreadsheet listing all of the remaining signal boxes on the NR network as well as those on preserved railways. The URL for the webpages is:

http://www.networkrail.co.uk/community/interest-groups/signalling-heritage/

A re-ordered extract from the full spreadsheet (in pdf format), showing the entries for the SCRCA signal boxes (sorted in order of their rail-location), is available here.


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