The Friends of the Settle-Carlisle Line publishes quarterly magazines. The current magazine is only available to paid-up FoSCL members. Older magazines are available in PDF format via the links below.

Feb 2020 cover

February 2020

Cover picture: one of the greatest names of the campaign to save the Settle-Carlisle Line was that of Ron Cotton.  Sadly Mr Cotton passed away in January 2020.  Tributes by David Ward and Edward Album can be found on pages 11 & 12 of this issue.

Photo: Pete Shaw

Nov 2019 cover

November 2019

Cover picture: we all know that many people think the S&C just starts at Settle and goes to Carlisle.  Some people even drive to Settle from Leeds to travel on it!  Among efforts to address this is this splendid new sign at Settle station, thanks to Ged Pinder and Matt Field in particular.

Photo; Paul Brown

Aug 2019 cover

August 2019

Cover photo: on Wednesday 31st July a landslide at Shale Cutting blocked the S&C for several hours with trains replaced by buses between Kirkby Stephen and Appleby. Network Rail acted with commendable speed so that the line was fully re-opened by the following afternoon. Northern are also to be commended for their efficiency in the provision of buses.

Photo: Mark Rand 

May 2019 cover

May 2019

Cover picture: A journey of a lifetime? Passengers at Settle station wait to board a 'short formed' train which is already full and standing.  

Photo: Mark Rand

Feb 2019 cover

February 2019

Cover photo: a view of Blea Moor from the slopes of Whernside; is there a finer panorama than this?

Photo: Matthew Young

Nov 18 mag cover


Now it is the Leeds-Settle-Carlisle Line.  The Yorkshire Dales National Park Management Plan seeks to "link destinations to catchment areas."  Doing just that is the sign recently installed by Network Rail at Leeds Station.  

Photo: Drew Haley

August 2018

August 2018

Cover photo: The Right Hon. Michael Portillo has agreed to be FoSCL's President - see pages 6 & 7 of this issue.

Photo: Michael Portillo/BBC

Magazine front cover

May 2018

Cover Picture: On Wednesday March 21st a party of invited guests met at Settle station to remember W.R. (Bill) Mitchell M.B.E. and witness the unveiling of a plaque in his memory. Here Bill’s son David Mitchell addresses the party with his sister Janet to the right and, to the left, Bob Swallow and the Rev. Stephen Normington.

Photo: Stuart Petch Photography

Magazine front cover

February 2018

Cover Picture: On page 10 Mark Rand comments that, after the plandampf and the Eden Brows closure “Our line re-opened with such great promise but what has happened? In three words next to nothing”.
Here is a memory of Tornado on the S&C.
Photo: David Skeldon

Magazine front cover

November 2017

Cover photo:

On Monday October 2nd, a party of invited guests assembled at Ribblehead Station for an event to mark the refurbishment of the visitor centre.  The new Managing Director of Northern Railway, David Brown, unveiled a plaque to commemorate the opening.  Seen here (l-r) are David Brown, Bryan Gray (Chairman, S&C Trust), and Tim Viney (Managing Director of Atlantic Geomatics).


Photo: Mark Harvey

Magazine front cover

August 2017

Cover photo:

On August 4th a party of invited guests, together with FoSCL members and committee members, celebrated the opening of the new waiting shelter at Settle Station.  Here Andy Savage, Executive Director of the Railway Heritage Trust, cuts the ribbon as FoSCL Chairman Douglas Hodgins looks on.

Photo: Nick Pearce

Magazine front cover

May 2017

Cover picture: On March 31st, the first day on which passenger services had traversed the entire route of the S&C for over a year, 60103 Flying Scotsman, returning south, crosses the new structure at Eden Brows.

Photo: Peter Ainsworth