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Signal Box at Caersws Railway Station

A Grade II Listed Building in Caersws, Powys

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Latitude: 52.5161 / 52°30'57"N

Longitude: -3.4323 / 3°25'56"W

OS Eastings: 302900

OS Northings: 291872

OS Grid: SO029918

Mapcode National: GBR 9M.GPLN

Mapcode Global: VH687.G1B0

Plus Code: 9C4RGH89+C3

Entry Name: Signal Box at Caersws Railway Station

Listing Date: 28 August 1991

Last Amended: 5 November 1996

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 8698

Building Class: Transport

Location: Located on the W edge of Caersws village, beside the level crossing, and with attached railway station to the NW.

County: Powys

Community: Caersws (Caers┼Ás)

Community: Caersws

Built-Up Area: Caersws

Traditional County: Montgomeryshire

Tagged with: Signal box

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Caersws lies on the Newtown to Machynlleth line which was constructed following an Act of 1857, and became part of the Cambrian Railway network in 1864; the Londonderry's of Machynlleth were closely involved and the contactors were David Davies and Thomas Savin. It was completed in 1862. The signal box is a Dutton Type 1, manufactured in 1888-92. Almost all of the Cambrian Railway signal boxes of this type were erected between 1890 and 1892.


Small-scale signal box of timber construction on a low blue brick basement, originally with a slate roof, now of corrugated iron. The box is accessed by a external timber stair from the platform on the NW side, with a hooded glazed door at the head. The small-pane horizontally sliding windows continue across the front and around the SE gable end providing views up the line. Name board to the centre. Gable end bargeboards with undulating ornament and timber finials and pendants. Overhanging eaves and a red brick chimney.

There is an upper quadrant LMS pattern signal gantry approximately 250m to the S, and a GWR pattern gantry with home and distant lower-quadrant semaphores located approximately 85m to the N.


The signal box is exceptional in retaining the original Dutton 18-lever frame,of which, only four are now in operation controlling semaphore signals above and below the box, and locking the crossing gates. The token box was finally removed in 1988.

Reasons for Listing

Included as an exceptionally well preserved example of a C19 signal box, one of only two of this type still operational in Britain, and of group value with Caersws Railway Station and Stationmaster's house.

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  • II Caersws Railway Station, with Stationmaster's House
    The railway passes to the W of the village. The station lies immediately N of the level crossing, and is attached to the signal box.
  • II Engine Shed to the Van Line
    The building, now used as a store, is located in the industrial yard, some 80m W of the present railway crossing, and in the angle of the main Cambrian line and the former Van branch line.
  • II Dol-aethnen
    Located at the end of Market Lane, beyond the cattle market, on the bank of the wider River Severn before its width was restricted by bunds.
  • II Caersws bridge
    The bridge carries the A.489 Newtown to Machynlleth Road over the River Severn immediately at the S end of the village.
  • II Pen-y-borfa fawr
    Located approximately 1Km N of Caersws village, with its gable end to the road.
  • II Llys Maldwyn Hospital
    The Hospital is located at the end of Main Street, approximately 1km NE of the centre of the village.
  • II* Maesmawr Hall Hotel
    The hotel is located in the Severn valley bottom, at the end of a formal axial drive off the main Newtown to Llanidloes Road, 700m E of the junction with the A.470 to Machynlleth and level crossing.
  • II Milestone S of Weig Lane
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