Friends of the Settle-Carlisle Line

Leeds-Settle-Carlisle and the national rail network

This is the website of the Friends of the Settle-Carlisle Line (FoSCL), one of several organisations supporting the Settle-Carlisle section of the main line from Leeds to Carlisle.  This is not a heritage railway, but part of the national rail network with its passenger trains operated by Northern Rail.  We do NOT run steam trains, but steam charters frequently travel along the line, see for details. 

Together with our partner organisations, we support the railway line that runs from Settle Junction in the south to Carlisle in the north, a total of 72 miles (115 km) in length.  The Settle-Carlisle partnership has adopted all ten stations between Settle and Carlisle, tends the station gardens and carries out minor maintenance work.  Three of the stations are leased from Network Rail and have a variety of uses intended to encourage people to visit the area.  For more information on the wide range of activities we undertake to promote and develop the Settle-Carlisle Line, see About Us

Signage at Horton-in-Ribblesdale station with Pen-y-ghent beyond.

News Items

The S&C Journal

By richard.morris / Thu, 15/11/2018 - 17:27

A message to FoSCL members in particular: in case you are wondering, the FoSCL magazine aka the S&C Journal will be delivered to your door w/b 19th November.

Not a member?  Then join us to receive your personal copy four times a year.  You can have a look at back copies at  If you decide you want to join, you can do it online at   

Settle Station Open Day cancelled

By richard.morris / Fri, 09/11/2018 - 11:48

Regrettably we have had  to cancel this year's Settle Station Open Day on 8th December.  There will be no trains at all, and the replacement buses tend to be slow and infrequent, so it is likely that hardly anyone would turn up and most of the helpers would be unable to come either.  We hope for better things next year.

Ribblehead clock stops

By richard.morris / Mon, 05/11/2018 - 21:51

At 10:36 this morning the clock stopped at Ribblehead Visitor Centre - but this time it wasn't an unexpected failure but a planned event! Work began today on damp proofing the entire West elevation to address chronic problems of water ingress.  The porous stone and exposed site have been a problem ever since the station was built.

Social Media

Campaigns and Promotions

Photo of a steam Train crossing Arten Gill Viaduct.

2018 Steam Christmas Card
Pack of 12

Christmas is coming: Our online shop has everything you could need as a memento of the Settle-Carlisle Line, from books through DVDs even to tea-towels!  A variety of Christmas cards, next year's calendars and plenty more are in our Christmas Sales List.

The Hellifield Clitheroe line: We have a long-running campaign to reinstate regular passenger services to Manchester along the existing railway line between Hellifield and Clitheroe.  The infrastructure is there, it just requires the will to run passenger trains along it! Read more.

Improvements to the passenger service: the new timetable in May 2018 was the biggest change in 25 years.  There are a few more services and on balance we think it's a step forward.  It could still be improved and we have an ongoing campaign to achieve this. Read more.

The Settle-Carlisle Railway Conservation Area (SCRCA)

A small group of volunteers is creating an illustrated guide to the key railway-related structures and sites within the Settle-Carlisle Railway Conservation Area (SCRCA). To find-out more - or to 'virtually explore' this unique and fascinating area - visit

A montage of seven photographs taken within the Settle-Carlisle Railway Conservation Area (SCRCA).