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Jellicoe Express commemorated

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.

Strikes to go ahead on 1st December

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.

Giggleswick Railway Circle

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.

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