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:
- A very short introduction is available online via the Settle-Carlisle Partnership web site - see:
- A slightly more detailed version is available online from the ubiquitous Wikipedia - see:
- and there are also dozens (probably hundreds) of books, articles and other published and unpublished works relating to all aspects of the Settle-Carlisle Railway story - a small selections of which are listed in the following 'History Posts':
Reference sources for general Settle-Carlisle Railway history
Reference sources for building the line
Reference sources for historic operations
Reference sources for historic structures
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.
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.
- November 2016
- August 2016
- May 2016
- February 2016
- November 2015
- August 2015
- May 2015
- February 2015
- November 2014
- August 2014
- May 2014
- February 2014
- November 2013
- August 2013
- May 2013
- February 2013
- November 2012
- August 2012
- May 2012
- February 2012
- November 2011
- August 2011
- May 2011
- February 2011
- November 2010
- August 2010
- May 2010
- February 2010
- November 2009
- Guided Walks
The SCRCA Project: Featured Structures
A random selection of structures from the Settle-Carlisle Railway Conservation Area (SCRCA) Project database are shown below. To view a larger version of an image and the relevant 'Structure Summary', click on the image or its caption.