SCRCA structure 259740: Ais Gill Summit Signs

SCRCA Location Introduction

There is a long-standing tradition of marking the summit (highest point) of railway lines with special signs and this tradition has been honoured on the Settle - Carlisle Railway since at least August 1953 (and probably much earlier - see note 1).

The summit of this important trans-Pennine route lies at 1,169 feet above sea level and is located at Ais Gill, close to the border between the modern-day counties of North Yorkshire and Cumbria.

Note 1: The date when summit signs were first installed at Ais Gill is not known. However, historic photographs provide evidence of at least three different designs of summit sign on this site since British Railways installed 'replacement' signs on both the 'Up' and 'Down' sides in August 1953.

259740 Ais Gill Summit Sign: Elevation view from the north west

Key details from the Location Record

Location Type
Location Variant
Not Applicable
Assessment status
Current Use(s)
Railway ops
Shown on a land plan?
Construction / installation period
6: Post BR. (1st Apr 1994 to present)
Distance from London St.Pancras
259 miles and 60 chains
Position relative to running lines
Both sides
This location IS visible from nearby publicly accessible land.
Accessibility (ease of access)
Protection Category
Conservation Area Only
Geographic Location
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