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More online membership features

In addition to joining FoSCL or renewing your membership online, there are now a couple of other enhancements available to you:

  • gift membership
  • FoSCL Dales Railcard

Why not buy a relative or friend membership of the Friends as a birthday or Christmas present?  They'll get our acclaimed magazine four times a year, access to the Members' Only section of this web site and be able to purchase a FoSCL Dales Railcard.


Stay at Kirkby Stephen station

How would you like to spend a few days staying in the station building at Kirkby Stephen West? Not only can you watch all the trains on the Settle-Carlisle line passing your window, but you're in the heart of the upper Eden Valley with fabulous views of the nearby fells. And the bustling market town of Kirkby Stephen is only a view minutes away. Visit for all you need to know. But hurry, it's fully booked well into the summer months already...

There's space on the trains...

Since the end of the Metro special offer on 23rd March, the trains are back to normal, with plenty of seats on most trains. Come walking in the Dales and the Eden Valley, or admire the scenery along the entire Settle-Carlisle route! This is the best time of year, before the trees come into leaf, so you can see far more from the train. There was standing room only on some trains towards the end of the special offer, and FoSCL will be making suggestions to Northern Rail as to how the situation can be improved next winter. Richard FoSCL Chairman

Fellsman on TV

Statesman Rail are pleased to announce that the new series of ITV’s popular series ‘The Dales’ will air in March and in addition to our “Fellsman” steam train being featured on the opening credits of every episode we will have our own feature in episode 2 when the presenter Ade Edmondson rides the footplate of the engine over the iconic Ribblehead Viaduct.


Online Membership is back!

Apply online for FoSCL membership!  Existing members can also renew online. 


We've had our own online membership pages created especially for FoSCL by our developer, Arron King of Carlisle.  We've worked closely with him on the appearance of the membership pages and he has paid particular attention to the data security aspects of the system. 


If you have any comments or questions, get in touch via Contact Us.



FoSCL Chairman


Settle-Carlisle iPhone app

Carlisle MP John Stevenson has launched the UK's first dedicated iPhone app to act as an on-train guide for passengers. Speaking at an event at Carlisle's Hallmark Hotel, he described the 21st century communication technology behind the app as today's equivalent of what the Victorians achieved when they built the railway network in the 19th Century.

SCENe conference 'Walking - a social, environmental & economic priority'

Walking - a Social, environmental and economic priority. 


A one day conference to be held on Wednesday 16th November 2011 in the Victoria Hall, Saltaire.  Booking deadline October 31st.


SCENE Members - £10, Non-Members £15,  Non-member joining Scene now - - £25 (conference plus 12 months membership saving £15) Retired non-member joining SCENE now - £20 (conference plus 12 months membership saving £10). All include buffet lunch.


Cable theft leads to delays

Thieves who stole signalling cable caused major disruption to trains in the Leeds area on Sunday morning 2nd October.  The theft which took place in the Micklefield area meant that no trains departed from Leeds until around 10 am.  This included the 09.00 Leeds-Settle-Carlisle service which was delayed by over an hour. 

As a result the planned FoSCL guided walk in Swaledale was severely disrupted as the knock-on effect caused delays to the connecting Ribblehead-Hawes-Richmond bus.  Apologies to anyone who had to abandon their plans to join this walk.

Self guided postcard walks

A series of 10 short 'postcard' self guided walks has been published by the Friends of the Settle Carlisle Line.  Each postcard describes a short circular walk from one of the stations along the line and is aimed at encouraging visitors to explore the immediate vicinity of the stations.  The walks will take between one and two hours to complete and are up to 3 miles in length.  Most follow established clear footpaths and minor roads but because of stiles etc they are not all suitable for pushchairs or wheelchair users.

Auction of station name signs

One hundred station name signs are up for grabs in an online auction being organised by ImageRail, based at Kirkby Stephen Station.

The signs are aluminium and date from the late 1990s to the early 2000s.  Roughly half are from stations in the north of England and include Armathwaite, St Bees, Millom, Askam, Harrington, Gargrave and other locations in South and West Yorkshire. Others are from stations in the south west of England.  Most bear the scars of life outside on railway platforms, with bumps and scratches all being part of the character.

S&C featured in Rail

The latest edition of Rail magazine has a first class 8-page feature on the Settle-Carlisle Line by well-known journalist Steve Broadbent.  In it he quotes extensively from my predecessor as FoSCL Chairman, Mark Rand, and myself. 


There are also some excellent photos by Andrew Griffiths, our Press Officer.  The front cover features a photo of a Freightliner Class 70 hauling a coal train past Ribblehead station.


Carlisle exhibition

FoSCL member Stephen Bainbridge is holding an exhibition of railway and landscape paintings, including several of the Settle-Carlisle line, at the Henshaw Gallery, Crosby Street, Carlisle from 11 June to 2 July.

Entrance is free and all members welcome.