Great News: Line open with trains running Leeds to/from Armathwaite

The unprecedented flooding of December 2015 and January 2016 led to severe landslips on all railways in the north of England.  The S&C was surviving well until early February when a massive slow-moving landslip was identified at Eden Brows, just north of Low House Crossing.  On 9th February Network Rail were forced to close the line between Appleby and Carlisle after their aerial and ground surveillance detected major movement in the embankment supporting the railway.  This section was closed for 5 months with repairs and remedial work also taking place at other sites between Appleby and Low House. Trains are running as far as Armathwaite with bus connections between Carlisle and Armathwaite stations.

The Leeds-Settle-Carlisle railway is definitely open for business. Services between Appleby, Armathwaite and Carlisle will use trains and buses.  Follow this link to the settle-carlisle website for the timetable. And more good news is that there is now a great value Settle Carlisle Day Ranger ticket.  Only £15 (less railcard discount) and valid from all stations between Leeds and Bradford Forster Square and Carlisle.

The line between Armathwaite and Carlisle remains closed whilst Network Rail undertake the massive task of repairs and reinstatement of the track. See the web pages at www.networkrail.co.uk/carlisle .  You can register for Network Rail's email newsletter at edenbrows@networkrail.co.uk

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 is a Rail User Group and a Support Group

The new Northern rail franchise started on 1st April.  It is operated by Arriva Rail North.  For three years we were working on influencing the nature of the new franchise, first of all by talking to politicians and the Department for Transport, then by meeting the bidders.  Click here to see the aspirations that we put to them.  The Department for Transport's specification includes a guarantee that the existing Leeds-Carlisle service will continue for the length of the next franchise, plus two extra Sunday services from 2017 and an extra late afternoon departure from Leeds from 2019.  Not earth-shattering?  We think that at a time when the Government would like to reduce its subsidy for Northern rail services, that's more than we could reasonably have expected.  And FoSCL was taking the lead here - no-one else has the Settle-Carlisle Line as their first priority. 

As a Support Group, we put an awful lot of effort and of our own money into the preservation and maintenance of the Settle-Carlisle Line's unique heritage.  We do around 40,000 hours per annum of voluntary work.  At the national average wage this is worth around £500,000 per year to the Train Operating Company.  Over the past seven years, we have also invested in excess of £300,000 of FoSCL money into the buildings, station furniture and gardens of the Settle-Carlisle Line.  This has gone into projects such as the refurbishment of Appleby, Garsdale and Settle stations, and equally important into restoration and maintenance of Ribblehead Stationmaster's House and the stations leased by the Settle & Carlisle Railway Trust, that's Kirkby Stephen, Ribblehead and Horton-in-Ribblesdale.  Our investment has enabled an increasingly profitable holiday let business to be established, an excellent use of FoSCL's money. Currently, in conjunction with Network Rail and Northern, we are working on refurbishment of the waiting shelter on the down line at Ribblehead, a wooden structure which is in poor condition.

We've recently published a colour brochure to publicise all the voluntary activities that we undertake.  Want to know more in detail about what we do?  Click on About Us.


Recently installed, see in real time what's happening at Ribblehead and Kirkby Stephen.  A great view of the famous viaduct and the  railway track leading to it, and Kirkby Stephen station.  See for yourself here.


Join us!  You'll be helping to support and fund our ongoing work to promote and develop the Settle-Carlisle Line, and to preserve our heritage.  Just click here.


FoSCL Railcard: if you're already a member, you can get one.  It's the same as a Dales Railcard, for those who live outside the eligible postcode areas.  If you are a Dales Railcard holder, you can take advantage of the special winter offer available until 1 April 2017.  Details can be found here

To buy one, first log in (tab at top right of this page).  You should log in with your membership number as username and postcode as password.   At the top of the Members' Welcome screen you'll see a tab for Buy Dales Railcard. Please email the membership team if you are struggling to buy a Dales Railcard online.

Please note: The railcard applications are processed via the membership team at Appleby and they aim to post your Dales Railcard within seven days. Please allow plenty of time when ordering if you are planning to travel

Last updated by Richard Morris on 09/11/2016
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