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 and diesel charters frequently travel along the line, see www.railtourinfo.co.uk 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.
The tunnel is under threat of abandonment. The photo shows how it could look if restored.
GIGGLESWICK RAILWAY CIRCLE – Programme 2020
Wednesday 22 January - Yorkshire Dales Quarries, Railways & Tramways Part 2, Stewart Liles
To start this year’s programme of meetings it is a welcome return to Stewart Liles. After last year’s enthralling presentation, Stewart will be taking us on a tour round more of the quarries in the Dales.
The annual Settle Station Open Day will take place next Saturday, 7 December.
10.00am to 3.30 pm
Sherry and Mince Pies (sponsored by Booths supermarket, Settle)
Carol singing; Music; Gifts, cards and calendars
Friends old and new all welcome.
Do join us!
FoSCL features prominently in the latest edition of Northern Rail's Eastern Region newsletter., for two completely different activities.
The tea rooms on Hellifield Station (on the Leeds-Settle-Carlisle Line) have now re-opened with new proprietors. A railway family from Clitheroe have taken on a sub lease and have already carried out refurbishment works. The tea rooms have been renamed SHED24H the number of the erstwhile Hellifield locomotive depot.
Details are as follows:
Hellifield Station, Station Road, Hellifield BD23 4HN
Campaigns and Promotions
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.
Forthcoming events from the FoSCL diary:
- Sat 25 Jan, 2020 : MORECAMBE LINE: Gaping Gill and Ingleborough from Clapham: 12m strenuous
- Sat 1 Feb, 2020 : Kirkby Stephen Circular: 10m moderate
- Sun 2 Feb, 2020 : Snowdrops around Appleby: 10m moderately strenuous
- Sat 8 Feb, 2020 : Skipton Woods and Sharp Haw: 9m moderate
- Sun 9 Feb, 2020 : Dent to Ribblehead: 9m moderately strenuous
- Sat 15 Feb, 2020 : MORECAMBE LINE: Austwick and Ribblehead: 10m moderate
- Sun 16 Feb, 2020 : MORECAMBE LINE: Clapham to Settle: 9m moderate
- Sat 22 Feb, 2020 : Bahamas railtour from the K & WVR
- Sat 22 Feb, 2020 : Horton and Alum Pot: 9m moderate
- Sat 29 Feb, 2020 : Settle to Malham via Attermire: 7m moderate
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 https://scrca.foscl.org.uk/