The Friends of the Settle-Carlisle Line have around 160 volunteers. Some of these volunteers are employed on a fairly regular basis. Others are called on from time to time, as when they are needed for special events or projects.
The biggest group of volunteers are On Train Guides. These volunteers travel with pre booked groups travelling on the line. As the train travels over the line, the guide will describe the passing scenery and talk about the railway. They also travel on other trains and talk to any passengers that want information, plus selling books of interest about the Settle-Carlisle Line.
FoSCL organize free guided walks which take place every Saturday, some Sundays and some Wednesdays. There are around 20 experienced leaders. The walks vary in length from easy to strenuous. The walks cover a very wide area, including the Yorkshire Dales, Eden Valley, North Pennines, Lake District and in the Lancashire area.
Then there is the hard working committee. Not only do committee members attend regular monthly committee meetings but also sub committee meetings when something has to be discussed at great lengths. Some members also attend meetings with other associated railway companies, such as Network Rail and Northern Rail.
There is a large team of magazine packers who worked very hard four times a year packing the magazine to send out to all the members. This takes place usually in the Shipley area of West Yorkshire.
FoSCL have two shops, one at Settle and the other at Appleby. There is a dedicated team of shop people selling many of the FoSCL goods.
A comment that is usually made by the travelling public on the Settle-Carlisle line, is that the station gardens are so attractive. This is down to a team of gardeners. There is one for each station on the line.
From time to time there is need for small repairs to be done on the stations. As the Settle-Carlisle Line is on the National Network FoSCL are limited as to what we can do. Painting is something that is often undertaken. This is carried out by a few of the volunteers.
There is a dedicated team of leaflet distributors. This not only includes FoSCL leaflets, but train timetables and any other associated relevant information leaflets.
For other volunteers there are people looking after Armathwaite and Settle signal boxes, there is an Archivist, Historian/Librarian, Press Officer and Webmaster and many more.
This gives some insight of what volunteering is about with FoSCL.
If you are interested in joining our group of volunteers, in the first instance please contact:
Ruth Evans, Volunteers Co-ordinator
Email : RuthEvansLtd@hotmail.com
Phone : 01729 825454

Last updated by Richard Morris on 27/09/2010