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:

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 four distinct areas:

  • History of FoSCL: which focusses on the origins and development of the Friends of the Settle-Carlisle Line (FoSCL).
  • Building the line: which focusses on the planning and construction of the Settle-Carlisle Railway.
  • Historic operations: which 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: which focusses on the railway-related structures between Hellifield South Junction and Carlisle Citadel station. This includes:
  • the two preserved signalboxes in the care of FoSCL (namely Armathwaite Signal Box and Settle Station Signal Box), and
  • all of the other historic structures located within the Settle-Carlisle Railway Conservation Area (SCRCA) that are covered by the SCRCA Historic Structure Recording Project - a.k.a. 'The SCRCA Project'.

To learn more about any of these topics, either click on the desired item in the text above, or use the dedicated 'History Menu' and 'SCRCA Project Menu' located in the left-hand column of all the main pages in the History section.


Introduction to the History Posts

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.

Last updated by Mark Harvey on 17/02/2014

History Posts for 'General SCR History'

To view the full text plus any images and / or accompanying attachments for one of the History Posts listed below, click on the post title.

The Settle Carlisle Line – Celebrating 25 years since its Reprieve The Settle-Carlisle line is more than just a railway, a piece of magnificent engineering and architecture.   It is a part of our cultural heritage, our landscape, our history, our passion. I am sure it is true to say of everyone in this room today, this railway...

Written by Colin Speakman.

Transcription of talk given on 13th April 2014 as part of the 25th anniversary celebrations in the Hallmark Hotel, Carlisle.




Date posted: 2014-Jun-05 10:33:58   /   Date last updated: 2014-Jun-05 10:33:58
Publications and other reference sources available on-line Digitised versions of the following copyright-expired publications are available for download in various formats including pdf and Kindle. (Note: The download options are located in the box entitled "View the book", which is located in the left-hand column of the webpage.)...

This list has been compiled by Mark Harvey to assist with the SCRCA Project.

Date posted: 2014-Jan-20 15:48:43   /   Date last updated: 2014-Nov-06 18:43:29