Introduction to the History Section

The Settle-Carlisle Railway is one of the best documented railways in the world and its story has been told in many different ways in a wide variety of formats:

Rather than simply regurgitate information that is readily available elsewhere, the 'History' section of the FoSCL website is being developed to host new (and in many cases, exclusive) material that will extend and enhance the Settle-Carlisle story in five distinct areas:

  • History of FoSCL: This section focusses on the origins and development of the Friends of the Settle-Carlisle Line (FoSCL).
  • Building the line: This section focusses on the planning and construction of the Settle-Carlisle Railway.
  • Historic operations: This section focusses on the operation and maintenance of the Settle-Carlisle Railway from its opening to freight traffic in 1875 to its formal reprieve from closure in 1989.
  • Historic structures: This section focusses on the two decommissioned signal boxes that are now maintained by FoSCL members and which operate as small museums / interpretation centres:
  • The SCRCA Project: This section provides a brief introduction to the SCRCA Project and gives access to the SCRCA Project Database. The latter contains a wealth of information and thousands of images relating to sites and structures associated with the Settle-Carlisle Railway Conservation Area (SCRCA).

To learn more about any of the topics mentioned above, either click on the desired item in the text above.


Introduction to the History Posts

History Posts are an eclectic mix of articles and snippets of history-related information that are uploaded on an occassional basis. They are derived from a number of different sources including:

  • authorised / legally acceptable reproductions, extracts or summaries of:
    • articles previously published in the FoSCL Journal or other publications and
    • posts in the FoSCL Members' Forum;
  • short articles written specifically to appear on the FoSCL website as 'History Posts'; and
  • snippets of information sent to (or otherwise obtained by) the editor of the FoSCL Journal or members of the SCRCA Project Team.

Teasers for all of the currently available History Posts are displayed on the most appropriate page in the History section. Those on this page (see below) are of a very general nature, while those on the other four main history pages (History Of FoSCL, Building The Line, Historic Operations and Historic Structures) have a much tighter focus.

At this early stage, there are only a very small number of History Posts. However, additional material will be generated and uploaded as the SCRCA Project gathers momentum and it is hoped that this will encourage others to forward their contributions to the Editor of the FoSCL Journal or to members of the SCRCA Project Team via either the Members' Forum (accessible to signed-in FoSCL Members only) or the Contact us facility.

Last updated by Mark Harvey on 11/03/2017

History Posts for 'General SCR History'

To view the full text plus any images and / or accompanying attachments for one of the History Posts listed below, click on the post title.

Written by Colin Speakman. Transcription of talk given on 13th April 2014 as part of the 25th anniversary celebrations in the Hallmark Hotel, Carlisle.      
Date posted: 2014-Jun-05 11:33:58   /   Date last updated: 2014-Jun-05 11:33:58
This list has been compiled by Mark Harvey.
Date posted: 2014-Jan-20 16:48:43   /   Date last updated: 2017-Mar-12 17:41:38