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Rail trip with Exclusively Inclusive Group

A group of amazing and vibrant individuals living with autism and learning  differences took a train from Skipton to Kirkby Stephen  Station for a visit to Kirkby Stephen East Heritage Line. We were picked up from the Station in a Classic Coach, visited the Station  Workshop where we saw a wooden snow plough being renovated and had several trips on a diesel hauled train.  We were truly spoilt by the volunteers at the station. The trip supported in collaboration with  Friends of Settle-Carlisle Line, Kirkby Stephen East Station volunteers and Northern Rail.

Cubs visit Settle Station

On Tuesday 9th July we welcomed Settle Cubs to Settle Station for their second of four visits as they worked towards their new badge Platform for Change .

The Cubs were shown the Station Garden by Karl Graves, Station Adopter.  Karl talked about gardening at the station, seasonal planting , how to use gardening  tools and finally made garden labels for the herbs they planted. They also assisted in varnishing a train planter donated by a local Settle resident.

Despite the miserable weather they had a great time.

Settle Primary School visit the Line

Settle Primary School visited Settle  Station and Ribblehead Viaduct on 8th July as part of their end of term activities.

34 children plus teachers and parent helpers visited Settle Signal Box ringing bells and pulling levers, listened to a rail safety talk given by the Fire Public Safety Officer and Community  Police and heard On Train Guide John Anderton talk about Settle Station History.  The children even  created their own heraldic coat of arms.

Armathwaite Signal Box celebration

Free event Armathwaite station 

July 16th 10am to 4pm.

The team at the famous Armathwaite signal box invite you to a day of celebration for it’s 125th anniversary. 

This box is a striking feature to see as you take the spectacular train journey along the LSC line due to its original colours of chrome yellow and sienna brown. Make a visit.  It now holds an eclectic mix of interesting railway artefacts, photos and memorabilia. The friends of the Leeds settle Carlisle line are proud that it remains part of the line's rich heritage.

Talks throughout the day

Platforms for Change

On Tuesday  2nd July Friends  of Settle-Carlisle  Line volunteers welcomed Settle Cubs to the first of four visits as apart of achieving their Platform  for Change Badge and local knowledge/gardening  badge.

Platforms for Change was created recently by the Scouts  Association and Community  Rail Network to raise awareness  and promote local engagement with  Scouting groups and local rail stations. 

Retired Volunteers' Lunch

Celebrating our Former Committee Members


On Thursday 13 June we celebrated a few hundred years’ of volunteering for the Friends. This event had been on the drawing board for several years, and finally we were able to invite 10 former Committee members for a lunch at Herriots Hotel, Skipton.


Former Committee members who attended included Edward Album, Mark Rand, Pat Rand, Margaret Hargreaves, Paul Kampen, Paul Levet, Colin Luckett, Rod Metcalfe, Martin Pearson and Rachel Pearson.


Ribblehead: Footsteps in Time

What a glorious day at Ribblehead on Wednesday 19th June  and a lot of interest in the viaduct talk, the treasures of the shanty site and of our exhibition in the visitor centre. The exhibition attracts a wide group of visitors and tourists of all ages. We look forward to welcoming you all on our next event, Ribblehead Rocks, on 3rd July when we visit the site of excavation of the limestone used in the viaduct build and learn about then geology of the area. We will have our guest geologist with us, Bill Frazer. This is a more strenuous walk. 

Armathwaite Signal Box 125th anniversary

Join us at Armathwaite signal box on Tuesday 16th July for a day of celebration to mark its 125th anniversary.  

Signal box open 10 am to 4 pm with a lively talk given regularly throughout the day.  Safely enjoy the view of the line and its many exhibits and original features.  

There will also be a 7-mile guided walk at 10.30 am.  

Refreshments in the village hall.

Contact John Johnson 07759 593224 or [email protected].

Ribblehead Reborn

Ribblehead Reborn was a limited publication following the viaduct repairs in 1988-1991.  In a recent visit to Suno in Italy , the book was spotted displayed in the railway museum there by the now retired project manager of the repairs , Tony Freschini, who features on the cover and in the book. The museum team were delighted to meet him and posed for a photo with him.  Many features are similar to those displayed at Ribblehead visitor centre. We hope to establish links between us. 

Yorkshire Dales Explorer - Opening up the Dales!

Northern Rail have announced from Saturday 8th June, they will be running a twice-daily Saturday-only service from Greater Manchester through to the Leeds-Settle-Carlisle Line. Starting at Rochdale, the stations served includes Manchester Victoria, Bolton, Darwen, Blackburn and Clitheroe. The train will join the line at Hellifield and will terminate at Ribblehead. This new service will allow passengers to also catch a connecting train on the line from Ribblehead through to Carlisle.

Membership update

Membership Renewal Guide:

Hello Friends

Membership subscriptions are due for renewal before 1st March 2024 and can be renewed now. We value your continued support and details of how to renew are outlined below.

The subscriptions for 2024 are as follows:

  • Individual: £20

  • Joint: £25 (two adults at same address)

  • Junior: £1 (Up to 18 years of age)

  • Student: £15 (For ages 18-25)

  • Family: £30 (two adults plus children up to 18 years of age)

Edward Album OBE

We are delighted to report that Edward Album has been awarded an OBE in the New Year's Honours list.  He became the Friends' Legal Adviser in 1985 and has served the Settle to Carlisle Line ever since. 

He was instrumental in setting up the Settle to Carlisle Trust which was formed initially to raise funds for the repair of Ribblehead Viaduct, cited by BR as the main reason for closing the Line in 1989. BR costed the repair as £10m : eventually it was repaired at a cost of only £2.5m, raised by the Trust, of which he was the first Chair.

Walkers are Welcome 

Walkers are Welcome is a U.K. wide, community led network of accredited towns whose purpose is to develop and promote walking in areas with something different to offer.  There is a branch in Kirkby Stephen, easily accessible from Kirkby Stephen West station on the Leeds-Settle-Carlisle Line.

See the attached annual report for more information or visit their website