Have you ever thought how a signal box works?

Our railway now offers a number of Signal Box Experiences covering our two operational boxes, one being out in the countryside with no mains electric, water or drains!

See how they work and have a go at controlling the locos & trains yourself.

We have half day sessions in our Embsay Station signal box and full day sessions including Embsay Station & our remote box at Stoneacre.

The experience will include:

  • safety briefing
  • introduction to the box, its levers and indicators
  • get a loco on or off the train at the start or end of the day
  • controlling the departure and arrival of at least two trains at Embsay Station
  • and at Stoneacre the control of the passing of trains
  • membership for 1 year
  • certificate of participation




1 train day – 1 Box – AM or PM session £50 (PM summer season only)

2 train day – 1 Box – AM or PM session £60 (PM summer season only)

2 train day – 2 Boxes AM & PM £80 (summer season only, sold out for 2019)

Prices include one years’ membership and a train ticket for unlimited travel on the day.


Ad-Hoc sessions

These may be available on the day at Embsay Station Ticket Office, subject to availability.

Check out our calendar below.  Signal box experiences are available (subject to confirmation) on most dates when we are running trains.  Note the two train days during summer which are available at a premium for the signal box experiences.



When booking, by all means request your preferred date, but please note there is no guarantee of any particular date being available.  For operational reasons some dates are not suitable for Signal Box Experiences, such as when trainee signalman are rostered.  We will contact you and either confirm the requested date or discuss alternatives.

Use the form below to either make a provisional booking, to make an enquiry or just to simply register an interest.


Please note that due to the Covid-19 situation, we currently have quite a few Signal Box Experiences purchased and in a queue and waiting for a slot.  However, we have uncertainties about when exactly we will reopen, and when we do re-open the timetable may be different to the timetable(s) previously advertised.  So, for these reasons, if you do book a Signal Box Experience, please be aware that it may be a struggle to fit you into this year, and you may have to wait until 2021 to complete the experience.




Click date of travel to see details for that date.

You are welcome to buy a gift voucher from us to cover the cost of the Signal Box Experience. We will send you a Gift Voucher to give to the lucky recipient, who can then select from whichever dates are available to suit themselves!

If you have a specific enquiry about Signal Box Experiences, please complete the contact form below and we will get back to you as soon as possible.  Please note all participants must read, understand and agree to be bound by the terms & conditions.

Went with my fiancée, Diane, as I’d treated her to a signal box experience. We were greeted at 09:30 by Tim and introduced to Allan, who was signalman of the day. We were shown to the signal box and everything was explained regarding safety, the points layout and signalling. Allan made it very interesting and didn’t hold back on anything. The engine was attached to the train and we saw it off to Bolton Abbey prior to having a coffee and looking round the station area. Before the train came back the points and signals were set and as railway buffs, we found the whole experience brilliant. We then went on the train as passengers getting out at Bolton Abbey to have sandwiches and ginger beer from the station café, where we sat outside on the capacious lawn in the sunshine. The ride is very scenic with locomotives and rolling stock for any train fan to enthuse about on the way, and everybody is so welcoming and friendly. Tim and his team do a wonderful job here and if I won the lottery I’d certainly help to fund this wonderful project. Thank you all very much.


Trip Advisor Review – September 2017, A wonderful day out

Signal Box Experience Enquiry or Booking form



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