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Eden Brows landslip repair plan agreed

Network Rail have agreed a plan to repair the section of line closed as a result of a major landslip at Eden Brows between Carlisle and Armathwaite.

Over 500,000 tons of embankment have slipped towards the river Eden below the line as a result of bad weather during December and January. 

The work is likely to take many months and as a result buses are replacing trains between Carlisle and Appleby.  Trains are running normally between Appleby and Leeds.

Track works and delays north of Appleby ** UPDATED **

Network Rail has announced that the railway between Carlisle and Appleby will be completely closed "for many months" whilst work is being undertaken in the Armathwaite area, where there was a landslip in December.  Trains are running between Leeds and Appleby to a revised timetable and a replacement bus service is operating between Appleby and Carlisle.  The full statement from Network Rail can be found at

Flying Scotsman visit cancelled

The newly refurbished Flying Scotsman will not be hauling the Cumbrian Mountain Express this Saturday 23 January due to problems discovered with the locomotive's braking system.  A statement from the Railway Touring Company explains that problems were discovered on recent trips on the East Lancs railway and unfortunately these cannot be resolved in time for the loco's scheduled trip along the Settle to Carlisle Line.  The full statement can be viewed here

Northern and WY Metro announce 2015/16 winter offers

Once again Dales Railcard and West Yorkshire Metro card holders will be able to benefit from winter travel offers on the Settle to Carlisle Line.

Holders of Dales Railcards will be able to travel for a flat fee on specified dates.  For travel on the Settle-Carlisle line including to/from Brampton/Wetheral, the cost of the day return flat fare ticket will be £9.00 per person.  Up to four children can accompany a Dales Railcard holder for £4.50 each.

October engineering work

Engineering work is unfortunately likely to cause major disruption to weekend travel during October.  On Saturdays 10th and 17th and Sundays 11th and 18th there will be no trains between Leeds and Skipton. Buses will replace trains between these stations.

On Saturday 24th, Sunday 25th and Monday 26th October there will be various engineering projects resulting in no trains between Long Preston and Carlisle in either direction.  Additionally on the Sunday there will be no trains between Leeds and Shipley.

Carlisle Station named as one of nation's greatest

Carlisle Citadel Station has been recognised as one of national historical importance in a new book 'The English railway station'.  Author Stephen Parissien says that "Union stations, unifying different railway companies’ lines in one terminus, were common in America and Germany but not in England. Sir William Tite’s magnificent Citadel Station at Carlisle of 1847-8 is a rare example, originally intended for seven railway companies.

FoSCL supports full re-opening of Waverely Line

FoSCL is supporting calls to re-open the Waverley Line in full from Edinburgh to Carlisle.  The support was given by chairman Richard Morris when he addressed the AGM of the Campaign for Borders Rail.  A report in the Cumberland News 21 November gives the story.  Also in the article is news of the formation of the Settle Carlisle Association - a new body co-ordinating activities of the Friends, the Development Company and the S&C Trust.

Eden Valley - Carlisle Christmas shopping extra train

For late night shopping, going to the cinema or a meal in Carlisle, or a connection from other destinations, an additional late evening service will run from Carlisle to Kirkby Stephen on the following Thursdays up to Christmas.

Thursday evenings from Carlisle to Kirkby Stephen stopping at all stations - 20th, 27th November; 4th, 11th, 18th December.

Carlisle (dep) 20.57, Armathwaite 21.11, Lazonby 21.18, Langwathby 21.24, Appleby 21.39, Kirkby Stephen (arr) 21.54

FoSCL AGM 2015

The 2015 AGM will be held in the Victoria Hall, Settle on Saturday 18th April.

Nominations for the committee officers (Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer) and committee members - suitably prposed and seconded - should be received on or before Monday 7th January 2015 by:

Paul Kampen - FoSCL Secretary

74 Springfield Road, Baildon,

Shipley, West Yorkshire

BD17 5LX




Nomination forms are available on request.


Dales Railcard winter offer

£8.50 flat fare day return ticket available for Dales Railcard holders

Can be accompanied by up to four children for a flat fare of £4.25 each


2 November to 28 November 2014

27 December 2014 to 13 February 2015

23 February to 28 March 2015

Not available on trains timed to depart before 0815 Mondays-Fridays but no restrictions at weekends or bank holidays