Structure / Site Summary for 277420

Appleby North Signal Box (1951 - present)

Appleby North Signal Box: North elevation view

Key details from the SCRCA Structure Record

Brief description: Appleby North Signal Box (1951 - present)

Assessment status: Assessed

Location 1 - Rail-miles: 277

Location 2 - Chains: 34.00

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?: No

Construction / installation period: BR

Current Use: Railway ops

Visibility: Part-visible

Accessibility (ease of access): Easy


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1: Context views

30 January 2016
277420: Appleby North Signal Box: Context view from the south     
30 January 2016
277420: Appleby North Signal Box: Context view from the south     
30 January 2016
277420: Appleby North Signal Box: Context view from the south     
30 January 2016
277420: Appleby North Signal Box: Context view from the south     
30 January 2016
277420: Appleby North Signal Box: Context view from the south     
14 July 2012
Appleby North Signal Box: Context view to the north     
14 July 2012
Appleby North Signal Box: Context view to the south     
03 March 2012
Appleby North Signal Box: Context view from the north-west     
03 March 2012
Appleby North Signal Box: Context view from the south-east     

2: Elevation views

14 July 2012
Appleby North Signal Box: East elevation view     
14 July 2012
Appleby North Signal Box: South elevation view     
14 July 2012
Appleby North Signal Box: South-west elevation view     
03 March 2012
Appleby North Signal Box: North elevation view     
03 March 2012
Appleby North Signal Box: North-west elevation view     
03 March 2012
Appleby North Signal Box: South-east elevation view     
20 February 2012
277420 Appleby North Signal Box (1951 - present): Elevation view from south     
Early 1960s, probably 1963
277420: Appleby North Signal Box (1951 - present): Elevation view from the west     

3: Detail views

14 July 2012
Appleby North Signal Box Interior Track layout panel     
14 July 2012
Appleby North Signal Box Interior: Lever frame     
03 March 2012
Appleby North Signal Box: Peeling paint on the east corner-post and walkway     

4: Cab-views

30 August 2012
277420: Appleby North Signal Box (1951 - present):      

Primary / Secondary References

There is no structure (signal box or otherwise) marked on the 1911 MR landplan at the location of this structure. The 1911 landplan shows "Appleby North Junction" being located on the 'down' side at 277 miles 28.5 chains - see Structure ID 277360.

The name “Appleby” was changed to “Appleby West” in 1952 to avoid confusion with the ex-NER station “Appleby East”.  After the NER station closed in 1962, the Midland station reverted to the original”Appleby”  in May 1968.

Figure 48 details in three parts - a, b and c - the track layout at Appleby based upon information from an LMS survey of 1946 with other information from Midland Railway surveys for 1911 and 1912.

Figure 49 is a signalling diagram for Appleby North based upon information available for 1965.

Plates 141 and 142 are context views looking north from similar positions in Appleby Station; Plate 141 from 1939 and Plate 142 from 1966.

 
In Plate 141 Appleby North Junction and signal box (/scrca/structure-summary/277360) can be seen beyond the platforms.  This Midland box was brought into use in 1890 and was of wood construction.  Records indicate that the signal box was destroyed by fire and 4 June 1951.  The new box and frame was provided on a site diagonally opposite, in a fork of the junction as can be seen in Plate 142.

Plate 142 shows the new signal box built in 1951.  It was a wood construction, measured 22ft 1in x 11ft 6ins x 10ft and was a LMS design and contained a standard pre-1943 lever frame with 20 levers at 41/2in centres.  The frame was extended to 21 levers and later to 25 levers (22/07/73) in connection with the closure of Appleby West signal box.

Bridge SAC/237 - Station Road (PROW - minor road) (/scrca/structure-summary/277320) can be seen in the foreground on both Plates 141 and 142.

The following is a direct extract from page 185 of Gough, John: "The Midland Railway - A Chronology", 2nd edition, published by The Railway and Canal Historical Society (1989):

"Appleby North SB: . . . Opened 6.1951"


Notes / additional information

The following information has been drawn from a range of sources and is included here as a temporary measure while the database is being constructed and populated.

  • Wood; 22'1”x11'6”x10'; LMS design with standard pre-1943 lever frame with 20 levers with 4½” centres [source: Anderson & Fox (1986)].
     
  • Frame later extended to 21 levers (date not stated) then to 25 levers 22 Jul 1973 [source: Anderson & Fox (1986)].

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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