Fantastic news for the S&C’s Garsdale station as its Grade II listed signal box is being refurbished to improve future journeys for passengers and freight as part of a £500,000 Great Northern Rail Project investment.
The signal box is 111 years old and is going to get a full refurbishment including structural timbers, outside cladding, electronics and will receive a new roof and windows.
Trains will still run whilst the work takes place as the signal box will remain operational.
The project is expected to take three months and will commence on Monday the 14th of June 2021.
Mark Rand, vice-president of the Friends of the Settle to Carlisle line said: “We welcome the forthcoming improvements to Garsdale Signal box which was opened in July 1910, replacing two earlier boxes at what was then the very busy Hawes Junction. Besides being a junction it was where pilot engines could detach after assisting heavy trains over the ‘Roof of England’, turn round and return to their sheds at Hellifield to the south or Carlisle to the north. We look forward to seeing this important and historic location being carefully restored.”
Rachel Slater the scheme project manager for Network Rail said: “We take great care to maintain heritage structures on the railway and the Settle to Carlisle railway line is no exception. The historic signal box in Garsdale will be restored to its former glory as part of a half-a-million-pound Great North Rail Project investment. This will secure future journeys for passengers and freight on this iconic north west route.”
Tony Baxter, Regional Director at Northern said: “The Settle and Carlisle Line is one of the most beautiful routes in the UK and we’re extremely proud to have it as part of our network. This restoration and upgrade shows the real value of the Great North Rail Project and the work of all partners to not only improve the railway, but also to keep alive its vital and historically important link to the past.”
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