Recent News

Following the confirmation of the new train timetable and the appointment of new Co-ordinators the popular FoSCL GUIDED WALKS will resume from SATURDAY MAY 26th.

FREE Walks with experienced knowledgeable friendly guides will be offered every Saturday and some Sundays to give the...

From 20th May there will be a much changed timetable on the Settle-Carlisle Line, for the first time in nearly 30 years!  There will be one more train in each direction on weekdays and two more on Sundays.  FoSCL influenced these improvements by lobbying the Department for Transport in...

Now a regular annual event, ride2stride is a festival of walks, talks and music along the fabulous Settle-Carlisle railway line.

It's a week long celebration of the wonderful landscape and culture of the western Dales and Eden Valley.

The festival is made up of lots of events...

We were saddened to hear of the death of Sir William, FoSCL's President for many years.  He regularly visited the Settle-Carlisle, not just as FoSCL President but also as Chairman of the Railway Heritage Trust.  It was he who saved the Flying Scotsman.

His local newspaper,...

Records being broken at Ribblehead station where the FoSCL / MyLocalWeather weather station recorded a gust of 61mph at 2205 last evening, 1st March.   The wind direction was 90 degrees - due east.

Also on 1st March was the lowest windchill at -17C

See...

SETTLE -.CARLISLE BULLETIN

Thursday 1st March 2018.

The quite dreadful weather conditions ruling over the past few days have finally resulted in services on the Settle- Carlisle Line being suspended until further notice.

With a strong wind now resulting in drifting in the...

The Transport Secretary delegated the task of replying to Travel Watch North West to one of his Rail ministers.  The response was unsatisfactory, showing little understanding of the needs of WCML passengers and repeating what we'd heard ages ago from Virgin Trains.  

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The UK’s biggest, free classic commercial vehicle rally celebrates 20th Anniversary

31ST MARCH – 1ST APRIL 2018

 KIRKBY STEPHEN AND BROUGH, CUMBRIA

 

Over 250 vintage buses, lorries and commercial vehicles on show. Free admission, free bus rides...

Steve Broadbent, highly experienced transport writer, has written a superb article in RAIL magazine's issue no 846 on the S&C organisations' aspirations for the future of the Settle-Carlisle Line's services.  In it he concentrates on through services from Leeds to Glasgow...

In conjunction with Travel Watch North West, FoSCL has been running a campaign for Virgin Trains to divert trains along the Settle-Carlisle Line from Carlisle to Preston via Hellifield and Clitheroe, when the West Coast Main Line suffers scheduled or unscheduled closures.  High level...

The Settle-Carlisle Railway Development Company have launched vouchers for local businesses, available to anyone. Read on...

Everybody loves a bargain.  Money-saving coupons have been around for decades and, with the advent of online shopping, it’s now really easy to find...

Rory Stewart MP has tweeted:

"Terrible path to Kirkby Stephen station - particularly for wheel-chairs - looking forward to working with @networkrail @NorthenrailF and @yorkshire_dales to sort it out"

Good news! This is the short path up to the down platform from the main...

At the Railway Heritage Awards in London recently the new waiting shelter on Settle Station was highly commended.

The building, though brand new, has been constructed according to the Settle-Carlisle Line Design Guide and closely matches the other station buildings.  The project was...

The Times has published a letter from Bryan Gray, Chairman of the Settle and Carlisle Railway Trust, praising the work of FoSCL and other volunteers in caring for England's most scenic railway.

"Sir, I agree with Christian Wolmar (“Green light for reopening derelict rail...

Santa’s polishing his boots and the elves are getting excited – it’s nearly time for the Christmas Comet excursion to York.

If you haven’t bought your tickets yet, there are still a few places left in standard class.  For passengers travelling from Settle or...

Info from Northern Rail:

The RMT union has announced further strike action on Northern services on Wednesday 8 November 2017. More information regarding services on that day will follow, but any services we are able to run are expected to be very busy.

For more information on...

The October edition of the Settle-Carlisle electronic newsletter is available to be viewed here.  Thanks to the Settle-Carlisle Railway Development Company for producing this.

The new Managing Director of Northern, David Brown, opened the refurbished Visitor Centre at Ribblehead Station on Monday 2nd October. David Brown was until recently Chief Executive of Transport for the North, and this was his first official engagement in his new role. He arrived in the driver...

The RMT have called for further industrial action on 3 and 5 October.

Rail services through Northern’s franchise area will be affected. You can find out more about the services being operated in due course at Northern’s website ...

Campaign for Borders Rail 
Press Release – Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Carlisle and Campaign put Railway Development on the Agenda.

Carlisle City Council’s Leader, Cllr Colin Glover, has held joint talks with the Campaign for Borders Rail...