Armathwaite Station Signal Box was opened in 1899 and closed in January 1983. The signal box is still owned by Network Rail, but it is classed as a non-operational heritage asset. It was leased to the Friends of the Settle Carlisle Line (FoSCL) in 1992 and it has since been fully restored to its Midland Railway appearance. It is now maintained by a small but dedicated group of FoSCL volunteers. The original lever-frame is still in position and the signal box has been furnished with a number of interesting exhibits relating to both the signal box and to the famous Settle-Carlisle Railway that runs right alongside.
The signal box is open to the public for accompanied tours most Sundays and at other times by prior arrangement, but see the additional information below. If a FoSCL volunteer is working in the signal box or on the station next time you visit Armathwaite, just ask if it is convenient to have a look round the signal box. To make arrangements to visit at a mutually convenient time, please use the email address or phone number given here. In either case, there is no charge for admission but, if you would like to make a donation to help cover the cost of maintaining this historic structure, it will be gratefully received as repairing and re-painting the woodwork is a never-ending task.
The signal box gives you an atmosphere from the past and is warm in the winter with a coal fire. Free tea or coffee and biscuits!
Important note: The car-park is located beside the entrance to the northbound platform. The signal box is located beyond the end of the southbound platform – i.e. on the opposite side of the railway tracks to the car-park. No foot-crossing is provided at Armathwaite station:
Transferring from the northbound platform to the southbound platform involves walking down a country lane, then ascending a steep and narrow path to reach the southbound platform. Do NOT cross from one side of the tracks to the other by any other means (doing so is both dangerous and illegal).
Gaining access to the signalbox from the southbound platform involves walking along the platform, walking an additional 200 yards or so over uneven ground, then ascending the steep and narrow external staircase that can be seen in the photograph on this page.
Unfortunately, this means that there is no wheelchair access to the signal box. There are no toilets at the signalbox or on the station.