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Ribblehead clock stops

At 10:36 this morning the clock stopped at Ribblehead Visitor Centre - but this time it wasn't an unexpected failure but a planned event! Work began today on damp proofing the entire West elevation to address chronic problems of water ingress.  The porous stone and exposed site have been a problem ever since the station was built.

Pre-Christmas Thursday Evening Trains from Carlisle

Rather than the additional Thursday evening Christmas service from Carlisle to Kirkby Stephen return, Northern will be modifying the stopping pattern of the Carlisle-Leeds service departing 2018 hours.  There will be additional stops at Armathwaite (2032 hours) and Lazonby (2039 hours).  So, if you live local to these stations, why not do some late-night shopping, go to the cinema of for a meal in Carlisle.  Please take advantage of this and help us to prove there is a need for a permanent timetable change for stops at these stations.

Another walk affected by RMT industrial action

Due to the RMT Strike Action on Saturday 27th October 2018 the guided walk from Horton to Ribblehead will be ALTERED.

An alternative 11 mile walk will take place commencing from Horton (1031) and finishing at Settle for the return by train at (1538) or rail replacement bus at (1740).

FoSCL apologises for any inconvenience by this change which is the result of events entirely outside of FoSCL's control.

John Carey
Guided Walks Coordinator

All Stations Go!

The Settle Carlisle Trust and FoSCL collaborated with Three Peaks Arts to host a series of workshops and displays at Ribblehead, Horton and Settle Stations on the 8th  and 9th  of September. The displays featured the paintings, photography, embroidery, pottery and sculpture of local artists and craftspeople, all of a very high standard.

FoSCL Christmas Lunch 2018

The 2018 FoSCL Christmas Lunch is being held at the Golden Lion (Duke Street, Settle, BD24 9DU) on December 1st.

The guest speaker is Edward Album, who will be talking about the attempt to privatise the line between May 1988 and April 1989.

If you would like to attend, please download and complete the booking form (see attachments below).

Dalesrail part cancelled

On Sunday 12th August the DalesRail will be part cancelled!

Passengers from Blackpool to travel on a York service to Blackburn, a bus will take them to Hellifield where a train will be waiting for them, this having run ecs from Skipton.

For the return train, the 17.25 Carlisle to Leeds will be re-timed to leave at 17.48, the path of the DalesRail.

On arrival at Hellifield buses will be waiting to convey passengers in to Lancashire.

FoSCL Christmas Lunch

The 2018 FoSCL Christmas Lunch will take place at the Golden Lion, Settle on Saturday 1st December.  Guest speaker is Edward Album on the subject of the attempt between May 1988 and April 1989 to privatise the line.  

For full details, menu and booking form click on the Events tab on the home page.

Early morning trains now stop at Dent

FoSCL campaigned for the early morning southbound train to stop at the smaller stations along the line when through trains in each direction were introduced in the last franchise.  Eventually Garsdale, Langwathby and Lazonby were added, leaving just Dent without a service until after 10 am!

FoSCL met Northern Rail's timetabling manager and pointed out that there were 4 minutes slack at Ribblehead and that a stop at Dent would only add 1 1/2 minutes.  Nothing happened for a while.  Finally, 5 years later, this train and the northbound one will stop at Dent.