Structure / Site Summary for 256700

Garsdale (formerly Hawes Junction) Signal Box (1910 - present)

Garsdale Signal Box: South elevation view

Key details from the SCRCA Structure Record

Brief description: Garsdale (formerly Hawes Junction) Signal Box (1910 - present)

Assessment status: Assessed

Location 1 - Rail-miles: 256

Location 2 - Chains: 54.50

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: Visible

Accessibility (ease of access): Easy

The List Entry Number (LEN) for this structure is 1412055.

The relevant entry in "The National Heritage List for England" can be reviewed at:
http://list.english-heritage.org.uk/resultsingle.aspx?uid=1412055


List Entry Extract(s)

The information contained in the 'SCRCA List Entry Extract' database has been extracted (using the cut-and-paste method) from the relevant List Entries in "The National Heritage List for England" (http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/professional/protection/process/national-heritage-list-for-england/). Clicking on the List Entry Number in the left hand column will open the relevant SCRCA Project List Entry Extract. However, these extracts may contain errors and the original entry may have been altered since the information was extracted. If you need to use the information for anything important, you are STRONGLY ADVISED to refer to the official List Entry using the relevant link in the right-hand column.


List entry Number (LEN) List Entry Name Protection Category List Entry County List Entry District List Entry National Park List Entry Source URL(s)
1412055 Garsdale Signal Box      Gr-II Cumbria South Lakeland    YDNP

http://list.english-heritage.org.uk/resultsingle.aspx?uid=1412055


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1: Context views

12 June 2015
256700: Garsdale Signal Box: Context view from the north     
12 June 2015
256700: Garsdale Signal Box: Context view from the north     
12 June 2015
256700: Garsdale Signal Box: Context view from the west     
12 June 2015
256700: Garsdale Signal Box: Context view from the west     
12 June 2015
256700: Garsdale Signal Box: Detail view from the south east     
09 June 2015
256700: Garsdale Signal Box: Context view from the north east     
18 April 2014
Garsdale Railway Station from the southwest end of the 'Down' platform     
06 October 2012
Garsdale Signal Box: Context view from the south-east     
19 July 2012
Garsdale Signal Box: Context view from the north sidings area     
19 July 2012
Garsdale Signal Box: Context view to the north     
19 July 2012
Garsdale Signal Box: Context view to the south     
05 April 2012
Garsdale Signal Box: Context view to the north     
13 September 2005
Garsdale Railway Station and Hawes Junction from the southwest     
Early 1960s, probably 1963
256630: Garsdale Station - Passenger Platform (Island):Context view from the NW     
Early 1960s, probably 1963
256630: Garsdale Station - Passenger Platform: Context view from the south westh     

2: Elevation views

12 June 2015
256700: Garsdale Signal Box: Elevation view from the north     
12 June 2015
256700: Garsdale Signal Box: Elevation view from the north east     
12 June 2015
256700: Garsdale Signal Box: Elevation view from the south east     
09 June 2015
256700: Garsdale Signal Box: Elevation view from the east     
09 June 2015
256700: Garsdale Signal Box: Elevation view from the north east     
09 June 2015
256700: Garsdale Signal Box: Elevation view from the north east     
09 June 2015
256700: Garsdale Signal Box: Elevation view from the south     
01 April 2013
Garsdale Signal Box: south-east elevation view (foundations visible)     
06 October 2012
Garsdale Signal Box: South elevation view     
06 October 2012
Garsdale Signal Box: South-east elevation view     
06 October 2012
Garsdale Signal Box: West elevation view     
19 July 2012
Garsdale Signal Box: Eastern elevation view     
19 July 2012
Garsdale Signal Box: North-eastern elevation view     
05 April 2012
Garsdale Signal Box: South-west elevation view     
July 2009
Garsdale Signal Box: South elevation     
July 2009
Garsdale Signal Box: South-east elevation     

3: Detail views

01 April 2013
Garsdale Signal Box: Foundations exposed during repair-works     
06 October 2012
Garsdale Signal Box: Scaffolding support and peeling paint     
19 July 2012
Garsdale Signal Box Interior: Block shelf     
19 July 2012
Garsdale Signal Box Interior: Lever frame (1)     
19 July 2012
Garsdale Signal Box Interior: Lever frame (2)     
19 July 2012
Garsdale Signal Box Interior: Track layout diagram     

4: Cab-views

30 August 2012
Garsdale (formerly Hawes Junction) Signal Box (1910 - present)     

Primary / Secondary References

Plate 77 is an excellent context view B&W photograph taken in ["circa 1960"] from the south showing the track layout and relative position of key many of the structures in the station area. Garsdale (formerly Hawes Junction) Signal Box is just visible in the distance. The 'up' main and 'up' branch starting signals are also clearly visible and the text statest that the bracketed lattice post of the latter ["appeared in September 1942 as a replacement for an ordinary timber post signal"].

Figure 32 shows the track layout for the Garsdale entire station area as derived from 1903 and 1911 M.R. surveys: the location of this structure is clearly marked.

Figure 33 shows the 1956 signalling diagram for Garsdale Signal Box.

Plate 79 is  B&W elevation view of Garsdale Signal Box taken in 1963. The accompanying text states that this box was larger than most of the others on the line, that it was ["brought into use on 10th July 1910"], that it was then known as 'Hawes Junction' and that it replaced the earlier 'Hawes Junction North' (see Structure 256760) and 'Hawes Junction South' signal boxes (see Structure 256540). The lever-frame is quoted as being ["a 40 lever tappet frame (6in. centres)"]. The closure date is given as 1983, but mention is made of a one-day reopening to handle WCML diversions on 17th Nov 1983.

Plate 81  is a useful B&W context view taken 1970 from the Coal Road - looking west across the station. Garsdale Signal Box is just visible in the distance.

Plate 82 is a useful B&W context view taken in ["circa 1905"] from the south end of the 'down' platform and looking north. Garsdale Signal Box is just visible in the distance.

The following is a direct extract from page 184 of Gough, John: "The Midland Railway - A Chronology", 2nd edition, published by The Railway and Canal Historical Society (1989):

"Hawes Junction SB (on down platform): Opened 10.7.1910 // Renamed Garsdale Station SB 1.9.1932 // Closed [no date given]"

The following quote has been extracted from page 13:

"The Wensleydale branch closed in March 1959, leaving in regular use only 10 of the original 40 levers in the Garsdale signal box".

On pages 28-29 there is a poor quality undated B&W photograph (with a BR era poster visible) that shows Garsdale Signal Box in need of a coat of paint, possibly more.

On page 35 there is another poor quality undated B&W photograph that also shows Garsdale Signal Box in need of a coat of paint.

Pages 35 - 37 recount the story of two railway accidents linked to Garsdale Signal Box:

  • Ais Gill Moor / Lunds on 24th December 1910 (illustrated by one poor quality B&W photograph of the crash-scene), and
     
  • Aisgill Summit on 2nd September 1913 also (illustrated by one poor quality B&W photograph of the crash-scene).

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.

27th February 2013: English Heritage commenced a 21-day consultation exercise for the proposed 'listing' of Garsdale Signal Box by circulating a covering letter, a consultation report, and a location plan to a selected number of individuals and organisations.

19th March 2013: As a formal response, SCRCA Project Team Member Mark Harvey created and completed an 'SCRCA Structure Evaluation' document for this structure and sent it to English Heritage via e-mail. A copy of this document (in pdf format) is available for viewing / download at:
http://www.foscl.org.uk/sites/foscl.org.uk/files/scrca/structure-evaluations/signal-boxes/SCRCA_Structure-Evaluation_Garsdale-Signal-Box_v3.pdf.

The following note regarding Garsdale signal box was provided by Mark Rand (via e-mail) on 8/3/2013:

"The porch (and a replacement staircase) was added in 2008/9 as part of the big refurbishment of Garsdale Station by Network Rail. It contains toilet and washing facilities that replaced a stone-built WC on the down platform against the north end of the waiting room. The new arrangement apparently overcomes the need for the signaller to close the box and sign off every time he" [needs to use the facilities].

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.

On 11/09/2013, Network Rail lodged a formal application for listed building consent for "structural stabilisation works" for Garsdale signal box.

The public consultation period ended on 07/10/2013. The planned works are both necessary and reasonable, so the SCRCA Project Team did NOT lodge a formal response.

On 06/11/2013, the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority announced their decision: "Approved - Conditional".

Full details of the application and conditional consent are available from:

http://www.yorkshiredales.org.uk/planning/planningapplications/planning-applications/detailed-results?appNo=S%2F02%2F76A%2FLB

Garsdale Signal Box is one of two signal boxes within the SCRCA that were selected for assessment for listing by John Minnis in "Railway Signal Boxes: A Review" (English Heritage, 2012). This recommendation was accepted and Garsdale Signal Box was granted Grade II listed status on 14-Aug-2013. The news was announced by English Heritage on 20th November 2013 in an article entitled ""North Of England's Railway Heritage Recognised". This article is available online at: http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/about/news/north-england-railway-heritage-recognised/


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