Thanks to Michael Summers for this contribution and for the photo.
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Plans for DalesRail in 2019 are well underway and the season will run from Sunday 19th May until Sunday 8th September 2019 inclusively.
Settle Carlisle Railway line as never seen before.
The John Disney Memorial Day
Settle, Saturday 11th May 2019
Including a Reception at the Royal Oak, Settle at 15:45
Dr John Disney 1960 -2018
The Railway Room at The Museum in The Folly, Settle
The Railway Room, telling the story of the famous Settle to Carlisle line, has re-opened after the installation of a completely new exhibition. The railway from Settle to Carlisle is one of the world’s greatest railway journeys. It is seventy-two miles long, built by the Midland Railway Company, and opened in 1876.
THE 21STCUMBRIA EASTER RALLY
THE UK’S BIGGEST, FREE CLASSIC COMMERCIAL VEHICLE RALLY TURNS 21
20TH – 21ST APRIL 2019
Now open! Ribblehead Visitor Centre cafe has reopened after major refurbishment over the winter, from damp-proofing to redecoration, refurnishing and a brand new coffee machine! Much of the work was done by FoSCL volunteers. Nick Pearce, Chairman of S&C Railway Properties Ltd, said "Thank you to everyone who came to help; to those who made long journeys; to those that started at crack of dawn; to those who stayed late to get jobs done; to those who worked at home to prepare in advance; to those that did the less attractive jobs; to thise who kept going when ob
News from Northern Rail's Regional Community Manager:
I am writing to let you know that RMT has agreed to suspend its strike action and recommence talks about the future role of the conductor. This follows positive discussions between RMT and Northern - brokered by ACAS Chair, Sir Brendan Barber. This is really good news for customers and businesses across the North.
Appleby is half-way between Settle and Carlisle. We think it deserves more prominence so here is a diary of events in 2018. Thank you Mike Summers for this contribution.
The RMT has announced that Northern Rail conductors will strike on every Saturday in January. This is likely to mean no Saturday trains at all on the Settle-Carlisle Line and very few replacement buses.
According to the Northern Rail web site, https://www.northernrailway.co.uk/strike , Northern has called on RMT to suspend its damaging strike action and accept an independent ACAS inquiry.
The latest figures from the ORR (Office for Road and Rail) for station footfall, that's the number of people getting on and off trains at a particular station, show that the Settle-Carlisle Line passenger numbers have recovered very well after the line was closed at the northern end for over a year by the Eden Brows landslide. The chart shows a time series from 2005-06 to 2017-18 for Armathwaite which as the nearest station to the landslide was particularly badly affected.
All change! We've been swapped. Leeds trains now depart from Platform 5 at Carlisle and Newcastle trains from Platform 6. Why? According to Virgin station staff it's because passengers from Newcastle had a habit of piling off the train and getting perilously close to the WCML tracks at Platform 4. So, are Yorkshire folk better behaved than Geordies? More likely that with the advent of a half-hourly Carlisle-Newcastle service (yes, half-hourly, what would we give for a regular two-hourly service?!), they'll regularly have two trains at the same platfor
The Jellicoe Express which ran between Euston and Thurso is being commemorated with a plaque. Hawick on the old Waverley Line was a station where the Express called in one direction for coal and water and now is the only location that no longer has trains. The Express was the longest rail journey in Britain which ran during both world wars transporting mail and navy personnel.
Today the site of the station is occupied by the Treviotdale Leisure Centre.
Northern has written to the RMT inviting it to recommence ACAS talks.
Northern spokesperson said: “Northern has invited RMT to talks at ACAS in order to resolve its dispute. We are pleased that RMT has agreed to recommence talks at ACAS with no pre-conditions and we look forward to resolving this long-running dispute. Those talks can build on recent public statements made by Transport for the North and Department for Transport on the customer service and other benefits that will come about with a second person retained on Northern services in the future.
A reminder that the next meeting of the Giggleswick Railway Circle is this Wednesday Evening 28th November at 19.30.
Mr Kevin Finnerty is coming along to present the LMS-Patriot Project, the New National Memorial locomotive. I've not seen this presentation and wished to know more about the project, so I contacted the society. I'm sure this will be an interesting and informative illustrated talk about the trials and tribulations of building a new locomotive from scratch; and also some background history about the 'Patriot' Class.
Visit our online shop for all things Settle-Carlisle: books, DVDs, clothing and of course Christmas cards and 2019 calendars. Loads to choose from at https://www.foscl.org.uk/shop/catalog/christmas-sales-list-2018.
A message to FoSCL members in particular: in case you are wondering, the FoSCL magazine aka the S&C Journal will be delivered to your door w/b 19th November.
Not a member? Then join us to receive your personal copy four times a year. You can have a look at back copies at https://www.foscl.org.uk/magazines. If you decide you want to join, you can do it online at https://www.foscl.org.uk/shop/catalog/memberships.
Regrettably we have had to cancel this year's Settle Station Open Day on 8th December. There will be no trains at all, and the replacement buses tend to be slow and infrequent, so it is likely that hardly anyone would turn up and most of the helpers would be unable to come either. We hope for better things next year.