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The preserved signal box is, once again, after a long hibernation, back in operation. A great deal of time has been spent on essential maintenance which has paid dividends.

This is not a static museum, rather replicating exactly the manner in which the many mechanical boxes operate between Hellifield and Carlisle. We have several signals, a point and a detonator machine. Visitors may operate these plus the bells and block instruments controlling the interlocking as in real life.

We are open Saturdays 10am-4pm except Christmas/New Year. Entry is free although we would welcome a donation or purchase of some memento or even a certificate of competence confirming your satisfactory working of the signal box.

Over the lockdown we have lost some of our long-standing volunteers and are looking to replace them. If you are interested, why not contact us by email: We can provide full training, all that is required on your part is the ability to communicate with visitors to the box.