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Magazine front cover August 2010

August 2010

Cover photo: Network Rail's restoration & refurbishment of Garsdale Station was recognised last year with a National rail Heritage Award.  FoSCL contributed £10,000 toward the cost and paid for information display boards inside the waiting rooms; the display boards were professionally designed by Pam Harrington who donated her services to the project.  Seen receiving the award at Garsdale on 1 July are (l-r) Patrick Cawley (Network rail), Sarah MacManus (First Group national property manager), Douglas Hodgins (Settle-carlisle Railway Development Company) and Mark Rand (FoSCL Chairman).

Photo: Andrew Griffiths.

Magazine front cover August 2011

August 2011

Cover photo: 14.04 Carlisle-Leeds at Horton-in-Ribblesdale which is decorated with bunting to celebrate 25 years of restoration of local trains and re-opening of 8 stations.

Photo: Pete Shaw.


 A special anniversary issue celebrating 30 years of campaigning and success for FoSCL.  Also reported is the Northern Rail stakeholders visit to Settle.

 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 August 2012

August 2012

Cover photo: FoSCL Chairman Richard Morris and Settle-Carlisle Development Company Chairman Douglas Hodgins visited Minister of State for Transport the Rt. Hon. Theresa Villiers M.P. on Wednesday 11 July.  Richard is seen here (right) with Member of Parliament for Carlisle - John Stevenson - after leaving the DfT.

Photo: Douglas Hodgins

Magazine front cover August 2013

August 2013

Cover photo: Traditional methods of train control are soon to be superseded by modern technology.  The photo shows 37604 and 37608 on the radio mast survey test train at Blea Moor, 5 June 2013, assessing coverage from the new communications masts.  Blea Moor signal box is likely to disappear by 2020.

Photo: Pete Shaw

Magazine front cover August 2014

August 2014

Cover Picture: ‘Country Walking’ magazine recently polled its readers asking”What’s the best railway line for walkers?” 52% said the Settle-Carlisle line. Here walkers are seen ascending Arten Gill during one leg of the ‘Walk the Line’ series; these are being led by FoSCL and the Friends of Dalesrail as part of the 25th anniversary celebrations. They follow the route described by Vivienne Crow in her book ‘Settle to Carlisle Way’.

Photo: John Wood

Magazine front cover August 2015

August 2015

The Ride2stride walking festival was held this year from April 28th to May 4th.  Visitors from as far afield as Canada (Vancouver),the USA (Chicago, South Carolina and Texas), the Netherlands, Germany and Australia visited, rode on the S&C, stayed in local accommodation and patronised local businesses.  Here some walkers are seen at Crooke Gill, Pen-y-ghent on Monday May 4th.

Photo: John Wood

Magazine front cover August 2016

August 2016

Network Rail plan to complete the repairs to Eden Brows by March 2017 - winter weather permitting.  The image shows the extent of the work.


Image: NwR

Magazine front cover August 2017

Cover photo:

On August 4th a party of invited guests, together with FoSCL members and committee members, celebrated the opening of the new waiting shelter at Settle Station.  Here Andy Savage, Executive Director of the Railway Heritage Trust, cuts the ribbon as FoSCL Chairman Douglas Hodgins looks on.

Photo: Nick Pearce

Magazine front cover February 2010

February 2010

Cover photo: The 09.25 Carlisle to Leeds train at a very snowy Ribblehead station on 3 January 2010 with Whernside in the background.

Photo: Pete Shaw

Magazine front cover February 2011

February 2011
Cover photo: Work in progress at Kirkby Stephen July 2007
Photo. Gordon Allen/Network Rail
This issue reports on the various successes of the FoSCL 'Five year vision' and invites members to make their views known for the future - the members forum on the web site is an ideal way of doing this and some of the early postings are reported in the magazine.
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 February 2012

February 2012

Cover photo: Michael Portillo (r) with FoSCL Vice-President Edward Album at Carlisle Station 23 January.

Photo: Richard Morris

Magazine front cover February 2013

February 2013

Cover photo: Part of FoSCL's campaigning in the next few years will be for better trains on the S&C.  2014 may see rolling stock 'cascaded' from other lines on completion of electrification schemes.  Could this First TransPennine Class 185 - seen at Melton Ross, near Barnetby, on a Manchester Airport-Cleethorpes working - be heading for the S&C?

Photo: Copyright Dan Sellers, reproduced under licence.

Magazine front cover February 2014

February 2014


Cover Picture: To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the saving of the S&C, FoSCL and Northern Rail are
collaborating on a special train which will run on Sunday, April 13th between Blackpool and Carlisle. Two
days earlier, the S&C Development Co. are running a special train from Leeds to Carlisle using the DRS
stock seen here at Arten Gill viaduct in Stobart livery, topped and tailed by 47832 and 47712 .

Photo: Pete Shaw

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

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 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 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 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 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 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