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Shop Volunteers Wanted

We are looking for volunteers to work in the shop on Settle station operated by the Friends of the Settle Carlisle Line (FoSCL).
Work as part of a small team working in the shop and selling refreshments,books, railway memorabilia and other items to visitors using the shop. This is a rewarding opportunity to support your local community and work with like-minded volunteers.
No retail experience is necessary and training will be given on how to use the till, credit card machine and stock management.
If you'd like to know more please contact – Ann:

Gardeners Wanted

We need more station gardeners at Appleby, Dent and Horton-in-Ribblesdale.

If you are recently retired or are looking for an opportunity to support your local community by volunteering we might have just the role for you.

We are looking for people to help with the management of the beautiful gardens at the above iconic stations.

We will provide equipment, training, personal protective equipment and opportunities to meet with colleagues.

This is an exciting role for the UK's largest railway support organisation.

Kirkby Stephen new bus service

The Friends of the Settle Carlisle Line are delighted to be supporting a pilot initiative for a bus service from Kirkby Stephen Station to Penrith running on Saturdays from 1st April 2023. The bus connects at Kirkby Stephen Station with the 0748 train from Leeds (0824 Skipton and 0850 Settle). This recreates a much-missed link with the West Coast Mainline withdrawn in 2016 and an opportunity to reach Penrith and the northern Lakes from our line. Residents of the Upper Eden area will also be able to reach the 0849 southbound train to Leeds.


Ribblehead Shanty Town Tours

August 17th 2022


We had another sunny day with a breeze to keep us cool as we toured the nature reserve and took in the 64 foot Viking long house. Its entrance is clearly marked in the land. We did have to move on the resident sheep.

This week visitors to the shanty area were particularly interested in the strong house and office. This area was excavated by archaeologists in the 1990s as shown in the photos.

We need more volunteers

Call for Volunteers


If you have recently retired or are thinking of what you’d like to do to help your community why not consider joining The Friends of the Settle Carlisle Line (FoSCL) volunteer team? We have 100+ volunteers mainly in Yorkshire, Lancashire and Cumbria but also from the South Coast of England, London, Derbyshire and Scotland.


We undertake a variety of interesting roles all of which support  the Settle Carlisle Line as follows:

New Appleby heritage style running in boards

The Friends of the Settle-Carlisle Line new Appleby running in board project was completed on 21st April, the signs were created by Ged Pinder in FoSCL's Settle workshop, were painted by Cliff Johnson and were funded by FoSCL along with the posts. Northern Trains funded the digging and concreting of the posts and mounting of the boards. Now all that’s left to do is to place plant tubs directly underneath the centre of the signs to prevent people from walking underneath and bumping their heads.

Additional bus service

From 8th March, there is an extra bus service to coincide with the schools going back, 1600 from Skipton to Ribblehead.  Not ideal, but better than nothing.  FoSCL has a better emergency timetable which would have provided a train instead of a bus, but the rail industry is very inflexible and can't put in any improvements till mid-May, when it is hoped that the full timetable can be restored.   

Dent Station open for bookings

We will be welcoming guests from the 12th April to our self-catering accommodation at England's highest mainline station.  You can book online now for later this year and as far ahead as 2022.  See for full details and photos of the accommodation and to see avaliability and rates.


End of the Line concert

Visitors to the Dales may have wondered at the plaques dedicated to the memory of railway navvies in the parish churches of Holy Ascension in Settle and St Leonards in Chapel-le-Dale.  They mark the men that died in accidents during the building of the railway between Settle and Dent in 1869 and 1876.  These deaths raise intriguing questions about the men who made the ultimate sacrifice during the building of the railway.  The number of deaths is an appalling statistic, and every one of them was someone’s son and possibly a husband and father.

Craven Herald reports on FoSCL's CRP plans

PLANS by the Friends of the Settle Carlisle Line (FoSCL)to become a member of Government backed Community Rail have been given the support of Craven District Council.

Members of the council’s Policy Committee were told membership of the Community Rail Partnership could provide access to additional funding and support, as well as formal recognition as a consultative body for the planning and delivery of rail services.

Community Rail is a government-supported programme which enables community involvement in the planning and delivery of rail services in a local area.

Union Connectivity Review

There has been a joint submission from the chairmen of the Friends of the Settle-Carlisle Line, the Settle-Carlisle Railway Development Company and the Settle & Carlisle Railway Trust to the Government's "Union Connectivity Review"..  Below is the text of the summary..

('the map is based on UK ATOC rail map showing relevant lines).

Giggleswick Railway Circle

We've received a message from Giggleswick Railway Circle, together with a great photo of a Class 37 on the Bentham Line: 


Who would have thought it? Last year at this time we were looking forward with 20-20 vision to an exciting new year. Hopefully that is all behind us now with vaccines on the way.
May I wish you  a very much brighter 2021.

The Railway Circle will be back as soon as it is safe for us all to do so, and I'm looking forward to seeing you then.