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Magazine front cover November 2017

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On Monday October 2nd, a party of invited guests assembled at Ribblehead Station for an event to mark the refurbishment of the visitor centre.  The new Managing Director of Northern Railway, David Brown, unveiled a plaque to commemorate the opening.  Seen here (l-r) are David Brown, Bryan Gray (Chairman, S&C Trust), and Tim Viney (Managing Director of Atlantic Geomatics).


Photo: Mark Harvey

Magazine front cover November 2016

Cover picture: 6L62 Eden Brows-Kingmoor Yard spoil train approaches Howe & Co running wrong direction on the Up Line.  At Howe's it will use the crossover to get onto the Down line, and then exit the engineers possession.  66092 (furthest from camera) leads the train of 40 Coalfish wagons, conveying almost 1,600 tons of spoil, with 66108 dead on the rear.  This loco had brought the train on site the previous day.  Only about a dozen of these trains ran.  Time 07.45, date 24/08/16

Photo: Rachel Griffiths.  Loco driver Andrew Griffiths.

Magazine front cover November 2015

November 2015


A general view of the approach curve between the S&C down line and the Arcow quarry.  The connection to the mainline will be at the top left in the picture.  To the bottom can be seen preparatory work for a Midland Railway footbridge over the new line which will carry the existing bridleway.

Photo: Mark Rand

Magazine front cover November 2014

November 2014


Cover Picture: Some observers fear that the S&C faces a bleak future once more. Could this
beautiful image of Wild Boar Fell covered in snow, and the railway devoid of trains, be the
shape of things to come. Or can we “Take the history of the line into the future”?

Photo: Andrew Griffiths/Imagerail -

Magazine front cover November 2013

November 2013

Cover image: Plans are being made for the return of quarry traffic to the S&C from Arcow Quarry.  The dotted lines superimposed on the map and shaded in yellow show the route of the proposed railhead; the area shaded in orange will be the loading pad.

Image: Lafarge Tarmac

Magazine front cover November 2012

November 2012


Cover Photo: Just like painting the Forth Bridge: track renewals are ongoing in October 2012, as they were in this view at Selside thirty years ago.

Photo: Pete Shaw

Magazine front cover November 2011

November 2011

Cover photo: 46115 heading north, pulling the Fellsman at Arten Gill, 27 July 2011.

Photo: John Cooper-Smith


Concerns about the future of station booking offices in the light of the McNulty report are addressed in this issue.  Problems of reliability with the early morning through train from Carlisle are also reported and discussed.  Part of the problem is down to freight pathing and a short term fix for this problem has been found.

A FoSCL volunteers visit to the South Tynedale Railway at Alston is also reported.

Magazine front cover November 2010

November 2010
Cover photo: Ribblehead timber freight flow begins.
Photo. Pete Shaw
The major theme of the issue is a celebration of the fact that after years of disruption, the entire track, all the way between Settle and Carlisle has been replaced.  New track, new signalling, restored viaducts and tunnels - all a far cry from the dark days of the 1980s when the line seemed almost certain to close.
A further indication of the success is the establishment of a new freight service from the old quarry sidings at Ribblehead.  Timber felled from the plantations on Cam Fell is being moved by rail from Ribblehead to Chirk where it is chipped for fibreboard and other wood products.  A number of colour photos accompany Pete Shaw's report.
The issue also includes the second instalment of Rodney Hampson's description of his life as Stationmaster at Dent in the 1950s
The full magazine is normally available for download when the following one comes out.  As a member of FoSCL you receive the printed version four times a year.

Magazine front cover November 2009

November 2009

Cover photo: Settle Station staff members (l-r) Tim Parker, Peter Freeman and Colin Jones are presented with the plaque for the 'Small station of the year' award by Northern Rail Managing Director Heidi Mottram.

Photo: Pete Shaw


Magazine front cover May 2017

Cover picture: On March 31st, the first day on which passenger services had traversed the entire route of the S&C for over a year, 60103 Flying Scotsman, returning south, crosses the new structure at Eden Brows.

Photo: Peter Ainsworth

Magazine front cover May 2016

May 2016

Cover picture: 'The S&C is still open for business!' - reports in the press are stating that the S&C is 'closed' due to the landslip at Eden Brows.  This is not correct.  Trains still run between Leeds & Appleby* with buses available at Appleby to take passengers on to Carlisle and beyond.  In a typical S&C scene, which can still be enjoyed , a 158 unit crosses Smardale Viaduct.

* Trains are now running as far as Armathwaite.

Cover photo: Pete Shaw

Magazine front cover May 2015

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We can restore this line to the purpose for which it was built in the 19th century!  The National Railway Map (reproduced by kind permission of the Association of Train Operating Companies - ATOC) shows how trains from London to Carlisle via Leeds and Settle can offer a multiplicity of connections whilst offering passengers a ride over Ribblehead viaduct.

Image: Rachel Griffiths/Imagerail

Magazine front cover May 2014

May 2014


Cover Picture: On Friday 11th April - the exact 25th anniversary of the announcement that
the S&C was saved - a special train ran from Leeds to Carlisle and return carrying many
distinguished guests. When it entered Settle, church bells rang and it is seen here being
welcomed ‘Railway-Children style’.

Image: ©TravellingSimon Photography.

Magazine front cover May 2013

May 2013

Cover photo: Just one week before Easter the S&C was blocked by snow; this resulted in snow ploughs being sent to clear the line.  Here the driver has been able to photograph his machine outside Blea Moor signal box.

Photo: Willy Ward

Magazine front cover May 2012

May 2012

Cover photo: Campaign publicity to restore services from Carlisle to Manchester via Hellifield.

Image: i print - Settle

FoSCL is campaigning regular passenger services between Manchester, the Ribble Valley, Yorkshire Dales, the Eden Valley and Carlisle.  This issue explains the background to the campaign. 

Magazine front cover May 2011

May 2011

Cover photo: The inaugral southbound service 14 July 1986 which called at all 8 reopend stations arrives at Appleby.

Photo. Pete Shaw

(Note: this cover is not the same as the printed magazine issue).

This issue welcomes Richard Morris as the new FoSCL Chairman.  Also reported are the 25th anniversary celebrations of the re-opening of 8 stations which had been closed in 1970.

 The full magazine is normally available for download when the following one comes out.  As a member of FoSCL you receive the printed version four times a year.




Magazine front cover May 2010

May 2010

Cover photo: Trial timber train workings have taken place on the S&C.  Colas Rail 66843 is seen here on the 12.28 Carlisle Yard-Chirk at Ais Gill Viaduct on 23 March 2010.

Photo: John Hooson

Magazine front cover February 2017

February 2017

Cover photo: A Northern Rail unit at Kirkby Stephen on January 5th 2010. At the time of writing this winter has been mild and thus a disappointment for those of us who enjoy scenes like this.  However it has been a boon to those working on the repairs at Eden Brows; and the Settle Carlisle will be fully open again on March 31st unless something unexpected occurs.


Photo: Andrew Griffiths/Imagerail

Magazine front cover February 2016

February 2016

'Breaking trail' - The 09.00 (Sundays only) Leeds-Carlisle service is the first train of the day on 17 Januaery after overnight snow.  So far this winter it is rain, rather than snow, which has caused problems on the S&C

Photo: Mike Farrington

Magazine front cover February 2015

February 2015


Cover photo: Fewer diversions use the S&C than previously, with rail replacement bus substitution seeming the preferred option.  A Glasgow-Penzance Virgin Voyager diverted from the West Coast Main Line is shown in Garsdale on 14 May 2005.


Photo: Pete Shaw