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Network Rail repair S&C landslide

A railway cutting that was edging towards the Settle – Carlisle railway line has been strengthened thanks to a £1.2m investment from Network Rail.

The upgrade near Kirby Stephen is being delivered as part of the Great North Rail Project.

It will help keep the line between Leeds, Settle and Carlisle safe and reliable for passenger and freight trains.

Photo courtesy Network Rai, text Rail Advent.


Wine Tasting at Langwathby Station

A one-off opportunity on Saturday 19th October: a tutored wine tasting and lunch at Langwathby Station.  Come by train, this is a great chance to enjoy your wine without having to worry about driving home!  Seven Portuguese wines and a two-course lunch of Portuguese fare will be served.  Places are strictly limited, book early - see the attached document for full details.

Timings have been chosen to fit in with trains from north and south: arrival, 0917 from Leeds or 1049 from Carlisle.  Afterwards, leave Langwathby at 1518 for Leeds or 1528 for Carlisle.  

New trains on the Airedale Line

New electric Northern Rail Class 331 trains are scheduled to commence service between Leeds and Skipton, the Airedale Line, on Monday 9th September.  They will eventually replace the existing Class 322 electric trains.  There was a launch event involving a trip in one of the 331s from Skipton to Leeds on 3rd September and those who attended were highly impressed.  The photo, courtesy of Douglas Hodgins, shows one of the new trains at Skipton station.  

Appleby Station Open Day

Appleby Station held a highly successful Open Day on Bank Holiday Monday.  There were a great variety of stalls stretching all the way along the car park to the Heritage Centre, a brass band and even a real live owl!  It was very well attended, the photo shows just how many people were waiting for the train home - only 2 carriages, but we're working on getting all our trains increased to 4 cars.  

All credit to the Settle-Carlisle Railway Development Company for organising the event, let's hope there'll be another next year.

German visitor's S&C blog

A German visitor to the line recently wrote a very comprehensive and informative blog about her visit to the Settle-Carlisle Line.  It's in German, so any German speakers out there may like to have a look through it, some nice photos too - and there's always Google Translate.  it is to be hoped that this will encourage more visitors from Germany, Austria and Switzerland to the line.

New Appleby waiting shelter completed

Our fantastic new heritage style waiting shelter at Appleby is now open for use. Cleverly designed, matches the station buildings. Project management was by FoSCL, it was part funded by The Railway Heritage Trust, Settle-Carlisle Railway Development Co and Northern Rail. Great workmanship by Hopleys builders of Settle, who also built a similar shelter for us at Settle.  

Now passengers will be able to shelter from the rain and cold at times when the ticket office is not open.  Actually it still needs some seats inside, but they won't be long in coming!

Giggleswick Railway Circle

The organiser says: just a quick note to say thank you to those who came to the shows at Settle Victoria Hall this season, I appreciate your support. I hope you have found the evenings as interesting and entertaining as I have. The 'bring your own' evening last Wednesday I found very enjoyable and I plan to add it again to next year's programme. Thanks to everyone who brought such a varied and creative range of subject matter!

More carriages needed!

Now and again the Settle-Carlisle trains are overcrowded.  Not unusual on the Northern Rail network and there are various reasons quoted, primarily shortage of rolling stock.  This is partly due to completion of the electrification of the Manchester-Bolton-Preston line being delayed for around two years, with a corresponding delay in the availability of the diesel units which were expected to be freed up by this. 

Watering of Steam Trains

Appleby has a superbly restored water tower and crane which is regularly used to replenish southbound steam trains.  Northbound, there is more of a problem: Hellifield, where there is a water supply both sides, is a long way from Carlisle and there is a need for watering at Appleby northbound.  So what to do?  Often, a water tanker arrives by road and parks at the north end of the car park.  A long hose can reach to the tender of the locomotive, the train stops for up to half an hour, passengers stretch their legs and buy souvenirs in the FoSCL shop.  Everybody is happy except the tanker dr

Dalesrail restarts Sunday 19th May

DalesRail offers passengers the opportunity to enjoy the wonderful Dales countryside on foot led by an experienced guide or the chance to join a tour to discover the hidden history of Carlisle, or to come along simply for a train journey through some of Britain's most beautiful countryside on a special day out.'

 Richard Watts, Chair Community Rail Lancashire and Secretary of the East Lancashire and Clitheroe Line Community Rail Partnerships commented: