Great news! We've been suffering the aftermath of the catastrophic floods and landslides of the winter of 2015-16 until now, but thanks to heroic efforts by Network Rail and their contractors the line will re-open fully on 31 March.

Until 30 March, trains are running Appleby to/from Leeds with bus connections Appleby to/from Carlisle and intermediate stations.  

The timetables for 22-30 March and from 31 March are available here

The first passenger train to depart Carlisle to Leeds for almost 14 months will be the 0550 service on 31 March.

Would you like a Dales Railcard to save you 1/3 on the cost of fares?  There's a half price offer available until 20 May 2017. Probably the best rail fare deal anywhere!  So if you live in an eligible postcode area and purchase online through the Settle-Carlisle Railway Development Co website.  Not eligible?  No problem if you're a FoSCL member, order a FoSCL Dales Railcard.  And if you're not already a member, do join us online - click here for details. 

You can learn more about the massive slow-moving landslip at Eden Brows, just north of Low House Crossing from Network Rail's web site at www.networkrail.co.uk/carlisle. Watch our Twitter feed on this page or follow @foscl for news. 

Now on to more good news.

For freight, the Arcow Quarry near Horton-in-Ribblesdale has been connected to the Settle-Carlisle Line by a new siding, the first new connection to the line for many years.  See http://www.foscl.org.uk/scrca/structure-summary/240950 for photo and full description.

FoSCL and the S&C family are planning events at every station along the Settle-Carlisle line during the course of 2017, to celebrate the reopening.  In the meantime, our friends at the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway have the Flying Scotsman operating scheduled services from 3rd to 7th April 2017 and a trip up the S&C on 31st March, advance booking only.

Webcams: see in real time what's happening at Ribblehead, Horton-in-Ribblesdale and Kirkby Stephen.  A great view of the famous viaduct and the railway track leading to it, and of three of the Settle-Carlisle stations.  See for yourself here.

And finally, want to know more about the Friends of the Settle-Carlisle Line and what we do?  You can start with About Us...



Last updated by Richard Morris on 24/03/2017
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