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July 2022

SCRCA Secondary Reference: Review of Anderson & Fox (1986) for 269910

Created on 26 Jul 2022.

Plate 125 includes an oblique view of the rail-facing elevation of the goods shed. The caption states that the latter was "for three wagons".

SCRCA Secondary Reference: Review of Anderson & Fox (1986) for 236330

Created on 26 Jul 2022.

Plate 9 is a very useful B&W context photograph taken from the south end of the 'Down' platform looking south. It shows the trackwork leading past the original 'Up' side water crane (SCRCA Structure ref 236400) into the goods yard. Settle Station Signal Box (in its original location - SCRCA Structure ref 236340) and the goods shed (SCRCA Structure ref 236330) are visible in the distance. The caption states that a five-wagon goods shed was provided. Plate 12 is a close-up of the north… Read more

SCRCA Note: Why is Armathwaite Signal Box painted yellow?

Created on 16 Jul 2022.

The short answer to this often asked question is that "it is believed to be an authentic period colour scheme". Armathwaite signal box was constructed in 1899 by the Midland Railway Company and, at that time, its standard colour scheme for painting signal boxes was: 'Venetian Red' for the structural frames; 'Lemon Chrome' for the wall panel in-fills; white for the window frames; and white lettering on an 'Ultramarine Blue' background for the name board. However, while there is general agreement… Read more

SCRCA Note: Material relating to Hellifield station bookstalls in the University of Reading W.H. Smith Archive

Created on 8 Jul 2022.

Following receipt of the information regarding railway bookstalls operated by W. H. Smiths from Christopher Rule, the SCRCA Project Coordinator contacted Reading University on 1st July 2022 with the following request for information: Are you able to provide any additional information relating to W.H. Smith's operations at Hellifield and / or the associated bookstall structures? We are especially keen to ascertain the number of different bookstall structures and their precise or approximate… Read more

SCRCA Memory by Christopher Rule: Railway bookstalls operated by W. H. Smiths

Created on 7 Jul 2022.

The following information was kindly supplied by Christopher Rule in response to a post on social media seeking information about the bookstall / news kiosk on Hellifield station (see structures 231285 and 231300). I don’t have any specific information about Hellifield bookstall as the W.H.Smith Archive is now housed at the University of Reading. The Archive is accessible to researchers and there may also be a photo of the stall in the 1940s. Any bookstall at Hellifield would have been operated… Read more

October 2021

SCRCA Primary Reference: Review of MRC's Weekly Notices for Blea Moor Signal Box

Created on 31 Oct 2021.

According to entries in the Midland Railway Company's Weekly Notices, the opening dates for the four signal boxes at Blea Moor were: Opened 2.8.1875 Replacement box opened 4.12.1892 Replacement box opened 28.6.1914 Replacement box 60 yards to the south opened 16.12.1941 This information was kindly supplied by Dave Harris (the Study Centre Co-ordinator for the Midland Railway Study Centre in Derby).

SCRCA Secondary Reference: Review of Anderson & Fox (1986) for 248590

Created on 30 Oct 2021.

Plate 47 is a useful (but undated) black & white photograph showing Blea Moor Signal Box in its pre 1941 position (beside the 'down' line), a water crane (Location ID 248540), the semi-detached workers' houses (Location ID 248580) and their outhouses and the 'up' side water tower / tank-house (Location ID 248530). The accompanying text refers to ["Way and Works Committee Minutes No. 12660, 4/11/1892"] and quotes a ["renewal cost of £200"] for this signal box. The text also states that this… Read more

August 2021

SCRCA Note for Location ID 299780 (platelayers' hut)

Created on 4 Aug 2021.

This structure was demolished at some point between 21/4/2015 and 3/8/2021.

January 2021

SCRCA Note: Drainage repair works inside the ventilation shafts of Rise Hill Tunnel

Created on 18 Jan 2021.

During a twelve week project in late 2017, CAN Geotechnical Ltd undertook repair work to the drainage systems lining the two ventilation shafts associated with Rise Hill Tunnel (Air Shaft 1 and Air Shaft 2). A brief summary of the work is available at: https://www.can.ltd.uk/casestudies/risehill-tunnel-shaft-works

SCRCA Note: Construction of new spillway for Bridge SAC/100

Created on 18 Jan 2021.

During 2015-16, significant engineering works were undertaken to address surface water and groundwater problems in the vicinity of Bridge SAC/100 (a ten-foot wide culvert) to the south of Rise Hill Tunnel. A brief summary of the work is available at: https://www.storycontracting.com/building-blocks/

SCRCA Note: Conversion of former goods shed at Long Marton to two dwellings

Created on 4 Jan 2021.

On 6th October 2015, planning application number 15/0923 was lodged with Eden District Council for the conversion of the former goods shed at Long Marton station into two dwellings. The application includes the addition of a small extension to the south east gable end wall similar in scale to the original projection at the north west end. The plans include the  construction of two adjacent garages. Consent was initially granted on 1st December 2015. However, an amended application was submitted… Read more

November 2020

SCRCA Note: Alterations to structure 281180 observed during a site visit on October 14th, 2020

Created on 14 Nov 2020.

Network Rail have carried out work on the embankment and the drainage in this area and, when photographed in October 2020, it looked significantly different to a Google Earth image from 2016. On the 2016 image, the culvert can be clearly seen outfalling into a ditch, which agrees closely with the arrangement depicted on the 1911-12 land plan. The ditch then flows into the stream that emerges from culvert 281190. The Google image also shows trees and shrubs along the slope of the embankment.… Read more

October 2020

SCRCA Note: Rebuilding of bridges SAC/21 and SAC/25 during October 2020

Created on 28 Oct 2020.

The decks of Bridge SAC/21 ('Banks') and Bridge SAC/25 ('Fosters') were replaced during a five day full engineering possession between 24th and 28th October, 2020. The new pre-built decks were lifted into place by crane after the old decks had been removed and preparatory works had been completed. In both cases, the majority of the existing abutments and wing walls were retained, although the new decks are sigificantly more prominent than the originals. The composite image below shows the… Read more

SCRCA Note: Appleby North Signal Box repairs, Spring 2020

Created on 27 Oct 2020.

The signal box is being refurbished and work is being carried out to rectify structural problems. For further details, see:https://www.foscl.org.uk/recent-news/appleby-signal-box-repairs

September 2020

SCRCA Knowledge Base for Appleby Station Tank House

Created on 6 Sep 2020.

The original tank house was demolished circa 1968. The current structure is a modern replacement that is similar in design to the original, but slightly smaller (e.g. there is just one window in the front wall of the base, rather than two). A commemorative plaque fixed to the front wall states that the current structure was: BUILT 1991 BY APPLEBY ROUND TABLE TO COMMEMORATE ITS SILVER JUBILEE It is a functional structure and it supplies the nearby water crane located at the south end of the 'Up… Read more

SCRCA Note: Accessibility / visiblity of Bridge SAC/50 (Location ID 243350)

Created on 2 Sep 2020.

This structure is not accessible or visible at short range from any publicly accessible location. Photographs of the south elevation can be obtained using a very high-powered telephoto lens from the north ends of the platforms at Horton Station. It may also be possible to obtain long-distance images from high-level vantage points along the valley sides.

August 2020

SCRCA Note: Article on the brick works in the Cotehill area

Created on 30 Aug 2020.

In an article written specifically for the SCRCA web-portal, David O'Farrell provides a brief introduction to the brick works in the Cotehill area.

SCRCA Note: Article on the mineral traffic from Long Marton Station

Created on 30 Aug 2020.

In an article written specifically for the SCRCA web-portal, David O'Farrell provides a brief introduction to the mineral traffic from Long Marton Station.

SCRCA Primary Reference: Review of MR 1911 Land Plan Sheet 62 for Structure 281170

Created on 27 Aug 2020.

This structure was constructed long after the production of the 1911/12 set of Midland Railway Company 'land plans'. However, Sheet 62 of the land plan set in the FoSCL archive includes a hand-drawn arrow linking the following handwritten annotation to the location of the underbridge now known as SAC/260C: Deed of Grant to British Gypsum Ltd for u/g conveyor Doc. No. 27879 Dated 28-10-1977

SCRCA Note: Articles on the gypsum industry and its links to the Settle-Carlisle Railway

Created on 23 Aug 2020.

The Settle-Carlisle Railway has a long association with the gypsum industry in the Eden Valley. This fascinating subject is explored in a series of introductory articles written specifically for the SCRCA web-portal by David O'Farrell - see: The Gypsum Industry and the Settle-Carlisle Railway Gypsum Production in the Kirkby Thore Area Long Meg Mine, Little Salkeld Gypsum Production in the Cotehill Area    

July 2020

SCRCA Formal Description for Dent Station Master's House

Created on 13 Jul 2020.

Station Master’s house by the Midland Railway. c1877. Two storeys, rendered limestone walls with ashlar quoins to all external angles and openings exposed. Pitched slated roofs on generally common ridge lines. Stone chimney stacks, one single stack, one multiple stack.  Gables and eaves on all elevations with perforated timber bargeboards, horizontal plain. Timber doors.  Modern timber windows probably double-glazed to match original designs, all with horizontal heads. Porch to main entrance,… Read more

SCRCA Note: An introduction to the Fylde Water Board Yard at Long Preston

Created on 11 Jul 2020.

This small private goods yard was constructed by the Fylde Water Board (FWB) in 1919-1920 to create a railhead (transhipment point) for the equipment and materials needed to facilitate the construction of Stocks Reservoir. Layout The yard was located to the southwest of - and immediately adjacent to - the northwest end of the 'Down' lie-by siding (Location ID 232510). It consisted of a short curving spur from the 'Down' lie-by siding, plus two short sidings laid parallel to the lie-by siding… Read more

SCRCA Memory by David Tyson: Helwith Bridge Signal Box in the late 1950s

Created on 4 Jul 2020.

My Grandparents lived at Foredale Cottages so for as long as I can remember I was aware of and fascinated by the quarry workings, the sidings and the main line. As a young teenager trainspotting became an interest so on holidays at Foredale more time was spent at the Five Arches (M.R. bridge 34, Location ID 240930) copping engines. My Grandmother encouraged me to move to the public footpath which crossed the line close to Helwith Bridge Signal Box and when I did I was invited into the box by Mr… Read more

June 2020

SCRCA Formal Description for Lazonby & Kirkoswald Station Tank House

Created on 29 Jun 2020.

Railway building and equipment for the Midland Railway, c1876. Architect (assumed): attributed to J.H. Sanders. Single storey tank house approximately square on plan with coursed red sandstone ashlar walls, mouldings and cornice, with single chimney stack to south elevation rising above water tank and terminating in moulded cap. Single 12-light possibly margin-paned window in north elevation. Assumed single access door on east elevation facing away from railway. Centre panels of all four… Read more