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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 August 2017

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.