Structure / Site Summary for 236340

Settle Station Signal Box (1891 - 1997)


Key details from the SCRCA Structure Record

Brief description: Settle Station Signal Box (1891 - 1997)

Assessment status: Assessed

Location 1 - Rail-miles: 236

Location 2 - Chains: 29.50

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

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

Construction / installation period: MR-O

Current Use: Relocated

Visibility: Visible

Accessibility (ease of access): Easy


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Primary / Secondary References

Figure 3 shows the 1926 trackplan for the Settle Station area (including the goods yard and passenger facilites and the location of the signal box).

Plate 9 is a very useful B&W context photograph that shows the view south from the 'down' platform in 1963: this includes a view of the goods shed (SCRCA Structure ref 236330) and Settle Station Signal Box in its original location.  Also in the image is the former water column (up side) (SCRCA ref 236400)

Plate 10 is a very useful B&W context photograph that shows the area immediately to the north of the signal box in 1939: this includes the central area of the goods yard, the carriage and cattle docks, the access tracks linking the yard with the main running lines and the passenger station.

Plate 12 shows the north elevation of Settle Station Signal Box (i.e. its location before it was moved in 1997 to its current position at the south end of 'up' platform) and its position adjacent to the north end of the goods shed (SCRCA structure ref 236330). The accompanying text refers to the box's dimensions ["21ft. 6in. x 11ft. 6in. x 8ft."], the date of the box's construction ["1891"] the type of lever frame that it contained ["20 lever tumbler frame"] and the box's closure date ["1984"].

An article on pages 7-8 states that Settle Station Signal Box was moved from its original operational position at 236m29.5c on the 'up' side (this SCRCA Structure) to its current location at 236m36c on the 'up' side (see SCRCA Structure ID 236390) overnight on 14th / 15th June 1997. The article explains the reasons for the move; describes what was involved; and includes two small B&W photographs: the first showing the signalbox after loading onto a pair of rail-trolley, the second showing the signalbox in its new (i.e. current) location. The article also mentions FoSCL's plan to restore the signalbox and to open it as a museum (all of which which has subsequently happened).

The following is a direct extract from page 183 of Gough, John: "The Midland Railway - A Chronology", 2nd edition, published by The Railway and Canal Historical Society (1989):

"Settle (New Station) SB: Opened 2.8.1875 // Replacement box: Opened 12.4.1891 // Closed  13.5.1984"

On page 8 there is a fascinating undated B&W context photograph of Settle Goods yard (including the goods shed and Settle Station Signal Box) taken from the south end of the 'down' platform.

Page 18 includes the following reference to Settle Station Signal Box: "The 20-lever signalbox, of 21 ft x 11 ft, with the floor at 8 ft, was constructed and positioned in 1891. (It was closed in 1984)."

On page 23 there is another fascinating undated B&W context photograph of Settle Goods yard (including the goods shed and Settle Station Signal Box) taken from the south end of the 'up' platform.

On page 34 there is an undated B&W elevation photograph of Settle Station Signal Box taken from the north. The signal box is clearly out of use and the goods shed has been demolished, replaced by a relatively modern light industrial unit.

On page 40 there is a third fascinating undated B&W context photograph of Settle Goods yard taken from the steps of Settle Station Signal Box looking northwards, with the station and tank house just visible in the distance.

On page 45 there is an undated B&W elevation photograph of Settle Station Signal Box taken from the north. The signal box is clearly out of use and the goods shed has been demolished, replaced by a relatively modern light industrial unit, with a southbound Sprinter DMU (in what appears to be BR Regional Railways livery) passing-by.


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