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Design Guide - Station Furniture

Station Furniture

3.1 Introduction

3.1.1 The importance of station furniture cannot be overstated, both in its function and design.

3.1.2 The aim of the Design Guide here is to provide a balance between practicality – that which is useful and of benefit to the travelling public, and aesthetics – that which is in keeping with the overall style of the line. Moreover the design must, in many instances, comply with Railway Group Standards.

3.2 Lighting Columns and Lanterns

3.2.1 The “Heritage” MR pattern lighting columns and lanterns have now been installed at all stations.

3.2.2 The columns are cast from a pattern made from an original Midland Railway cast iron column. The lanterns are faithful reproductions of a Midland Railway pattern, adapted to take a modern electric light that complies with current standards.

3.2.2 There are certain other locations where there is scope for extending this type of lighting – to approach roads and footpaths, for example. See 8. Inventory of Stations for specific details.

3.2.3 The Heritage style should be regarded as standard for the line and utilised in future schemes.

3.2.4 The requirements for station lighting are set out in RGS GI/RT7010 Iss 1.

3.2.5 Design and Specification Columns

  1. Materials – Cast Iron grade 260 BS1452.
  2. Items to be included are:
    i) Lockable cast iron access door.
    ii) Ladderbar complete with cast iron finials.
    iii) Wooden board to receive electrical gear inside trunk.
    iv) Cast iron frog plate and frog.
    v) Shot blasted and prime painted.
    vi) Extra 300mm in length for platform level variation (optional).
  3. Supplier – the existing cast iron columns were supplied by: Smith & Co. (South Shields) Ltd., Morwick Mill, Acklington, Northumberland, NE65 9DG Tel. 01665 711112.
  4. Pattern copyright – the copyright for the pattern is owned by Northern Rail Ltd. Consequently no columns may be manufactured without the express permission of Northern Rail Ltd. The pattern is currently in the possession of the above company.
  5. See Appendix 3a. Brackets

  1. Materials – Cast Iron 260 BS 1452, with mild steel hoop
  2. Design details:
    i) Three types – one for mounting on walls at right angles, one for mounting on corners and one for mounting on footbridge parapets.
    ii) Shot blasted and prime painted.
  3. Supplier – all the existing brackets were manufactured and supplied by Smith & Co.(South Shields) Ltd. (See c) for details.)
  4. Pattern copyright – the copyright for the pattern is held by Northern Rail Ltd (see d) above).
  5. See Appendix 3a. Lanterns

  1. Materials – copper – main structure (flat) 22 gauge; curved structure 24 gauge; decorative features 26 gauge – glass – shatter screen laminate applied to inner side.
  2. Design details:
    i) Pattern based on Midland Railway No1 platform lamp design.
    ii) Luminaire – WRTL exterior 100w Sont gear tray.
    iii) Vinyls – ultramarine sans serif lettering on white background.
  3. Supplier – the lanterns utilised throughout the Settle-Carlisle line stations were produced by:Metro Electric, 4 ABB Street, Marsh, Huddersfield, HD1 4PA, Tel 01484 456456. Email

    The luminaries are procured by the above manufacturer.

    The vinyls are supplied by: Ceejay Graphics Ltd., Unit 4, Green Lane Trading Estate, Clifton, YORK, YO30 5PY, Tel 01904 693936.

  4. Pattern copyright – no copyright is known to exist.
  5. See Appendix 3a.


3.3 Benches and Seats

3.3.1 The “rusticated seat”, though used by many railways, became a well-known feature on Midland Railway stations and has become a generally accepted MR artefact.

3.3.2 This style of seat should be adopted as standard for all the S & C stations, subject to availability of funding. Other types of seating must be provided to meet the guidelines on seating for the disabled, (see 3.3.8 below).

3.3.3 Existing seats ideally should be replaced by MR pattern as they become life-expired. The exception to this are those dedicated in memoriam. However, careful consideration can be given to transferring the dedication to a new MR pattern seat, if this is deemed appropriate.

3.3.4 Whilst there is no statutory minimum for the number of seats to be provided, ideally there should be not less than 2 seats per platform.

3.3.5 Seats must be fixed to the platform or otherwise secured to prevent accidental or malicious movement. (Railway Group Standard GI/RT7014 Iss 1 & GI/RT7016 Iss 4.)

3.3.6 These seats are currently available from the following suppliers/manufacturers:-

  • Appleby Heritage Centre, Station Yard, Appleby, Cumbria CA16 6UL, Tel 017683 53350.
  • Email:
  • Metro Heritage Ltd, 4 ABB St., Marsh, Huddersfield, HD1 4PA, Tel 01484 456456

3.3.7 See Appendix 3b.

3.3.8 In order to meet the needs of the disabled and to comply with the Disabled Discrimination Act (DDA) 2004, the Department for Transport sets out guidelines in a publication called “Accessible Train and Station Design for Disabled People”. The current version can be found at

3.3.9 It is not considered appropriate for the Design Guide to set out in detail the information contained in this publication as it is principally an issue for the relevant TOC to address.

3.3.10 However, when and where such seating is provided careful consideration should be given to its location in relation to buildings and other structures, whilst still complying with the SRA guidelines.

3.3.11 All such seating should be of a matching colour i.e. royal maroon (and cream, where appropriate).

3.4 Poster Frames

3.4.1 Standard poster frames, such those produced by Doric Signs, are required to be provided at every station for TOC timetable information and publicity.

3.4.2 The frame should be 685mm x 1065mm to take standard Double Royal posters.

3.4.3 Either extruded aluminium and aluminium sheet or stainless steel with hard stoved powder paint and with polycarbonate window should be used.

3.4.4 A hinged frame design with lockable hinged door should be adopted. The lock is easily tightened with an adapted Allen key.

3.4.5 Frames can either be individually fence or wall-mounted or arranged in banks of two, three or four on standard steel frame posts.

3.4.6 Where poster frames are wall-mounted, care must be taken to avoid detracting from existing architectural features. Wherever practicable, mounting poster frames on station buildings should be avoided.

3.4.7 Similar considerations need to be exercised when positioning post-mounted frames. Locations in front of buildings should be avoided. These frames are normally best located adjacent to entrance/exits both on the platform and at station approaches.

3.5 Leaflet Racks

3.5.1 Where leaflet racks are provided they should be of a robust design and be securely fixed to a wall.

3.5.2 They should always be located in waiting rooms/shelters.

3.5.3 The racks should be capable of taking standard size leaflets.

3.5.4 Where new leaflet racks are to be provided the Midland style based on MR pattern notice boards should be adopted, where funding permits. See Appendix 3c.

3.6 Notice Boards

3.6.1 At least two notice boards should be provided at each station, one per platform. They should be located in the waiting room/shelter.

3.6.2 The MR pattern, based on the poster board design, should be adopted as standard.

See Appendix 3d.

3.6.3 These notice boards are provided for local use to place notices relevant to the community and the railway. The local Station Representatives should be responsible for monitoring them and removing any out-of-date or inappropriate material.

3.7 Litter Bins

3.7.1 Due to security concerns, litter bins can only be provided at stations of the hooped and clear bag pattern.

3.8 Flower Tubs

3.8.1 Flower tubs make an important contribution to the enhancement of the environment of a station, providing the added splash of colour at locations where flowerbeds or borders are absent.

3.8.2 Over the years a variety of types of tubs has emerged, many appropriate such as the half-barrel type, others less so such as the inverted painted half-tyre.

3.8.3 The Design Guide does not seek to be prescriptive on this matter, though it does recommend the use of the half-barrel type or something similar.

3.8.4 Pseudo-classical styles favoured by many garden centres and indeed inverted half-tyres should be avoided. Also terra cotta should be avoided as these are prone to breakage, accidental or otherwise.

3.8.5 In any event, flower tubs should be capable of being secured to prevent unauthorised movement and should not be placed less than 2.5 metres from the platform edge or where any maintenance would necessitate an individual working on them being within 2.5 metres of the platform edge. Refer to Railway Group Standard GI/RT7014 Iss 1 & GI/RT7016 Iss 4 for details.

3.9 Fencing

3.9.1 The Midland Railway had six standard patterns of timber fencing at stations. The most common of these was the distinctive sawn diagonal fence and it was this type that became synonymous with the Settle-Carlisle line, being adopted throughout.

3.9.2 The original fences were fashioned out of redundant sleepers and creosoted. A modern equivalent, consisting of concrete uprights to which three wooden rails are affixed carrying the diagonal pales, has been developed by Regional Railways North East and its successors and extensively used throughout the network.

3.9.3 This latter design, officially dubbed ‘North Eastern Pattern’, should be adopted as standard for the line.

3.9.4 Where original examples of fencing have been identified, consideration should be given to their restoration. However, Railway Group Standards specify minimum load bearing capacity for fencing in certain locations, such as platforms and stairways which may preclude such restoration.

3.9.5 Railway Group Standard GI/RT7014 Iss 1 & GI/RT7016 Iss 1 cover requirements for fencing, parapets and other barriers.

3.10 Gates

3.10.1 Whilst no specific type of gate has been identified as a MR standard, most small pedestrian access gates appear to have been be based on the timber sawn paled fence pattern. This type should be adopted as standard.

3.10.2 Larger gates for vehicle access should comprise a standard five-bar timber pattern.

3.11 Walling

3.11.1 Dry-stone walling was extensively used throughout, especially in the limestone region of the southern section of line. Although primarily used for lineside walling examples do exist within the curtilage of the stations.

3.11.2 Where such examples exist these should be restored and maintained. Where appropriate, in connection with new works for example, consideration should be given to the construction of new dry-stone walls to the same standard of existing walls.

3.11.3 A number of local contractors, often farmers, have kept the art of dry-stone walling alive. Details of these can be obtained through The Settle and Carlisle Railway Trust or the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority.

3.11.4 Where dressed and rubble faced stone and mortar have been used, usually for walls associated with buildings and platforms or for retaining walls, repairs must be carried out using the same type of stone as the original eg Eden Valley red sandstone, or golden freestone.

3.11.5 Grouting and pointing (where appropriate) should be kept in good repair to prevent water and frost damage occurring.

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