Structure / Site Summary for 259710

Ais Gill Signal Box

259710: Ais Gill Signal Box: Elevation view from the south

Key details from the SCRCA Structure Record

Brief description: Ais Gill Signal Box

Assessment status: Assessed

Location 1 - Rail-miles: 259

Location 2 - Chains: 57.00

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: Unknown

Current Use: Demolished

Visibility: Visible

Accessibility (ease of access): Easy


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Primary / Secondary References

Figure 36 is a diagram of the track layout at Ais Gill, based upon information from a Midland Railway survey of 1913 and an LMS survey of 1938.

Plate 100 is a context view of the summit of the line at Ais Gill taken on 29 July 1965. 

Plate 101 is a view from 1963.  The signal box was brought into use on 26 April 1890, replacing an earlier structure at a cost of £250 (W & W Committee Minute No 17517, 3/11/1889).  It was a wood construction, 16ft 6in x 11ft 6in x 8ft, contained a 16 lever tumbler frame, closed on 28 January 1981 and was subsequently removed to a preservation railway.

Plate 102 is Ais Gill in May 1961.

Figure 37 is a signalling diagram for Ais Gill, based upon information available for 1963.


Notes / additional information

Ais Gill signal box was relocated to the Midland Railway Centre at Butterley (Derbyshire) and now bears the name "Butterley G. F." (i.e. Butterley Ground Frame). It is mentioned briefly on the following pages of the The Midland Railway Trust's website:

On page 28 of his report "Railway Signal Boxes: A Review" (published in 2012 by English Heritage), John Minnis states that:"

"Among the heritage railway boxes, the former Ais Gill and Kilby Bridge boxes (both
1900), at the Midland Railway Centre are listed."

However, searches of The National Heritage List for England (the official online database of listed structures in England) on 1st March 2013 for "Ais Gill" and "Butterley" did not return an entry for this structure. (The search results for "Butterley" did include the signal box that was formerly at Kilby Bridge, but did not include the signal box that was formerly at Ais Gill.)


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