2017: a new year, with exciting developments planned for the Settle-Carlisle Line. 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 we are on schedule to reopen fully at the end of March.  

For the present, we have trains between Leeds and Armathwaite, then connecting luxury coaches between Armathwaite and Carlisle. See the current timetable on Northern Rail's website

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. You can register for Network Rail's weekly update by emailing edenbrows@networkrail.co.uk.  And watch our Twitter feed on this page or follow @foscl for news. 

Now on to the 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.

We expect through passenger services Leeds-Carlisle to resume their normal timetable from April 2017 when the line reopens fully.  FoSCL 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 19/02/2017
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