The front panels of the northbound waiting shelter at Ribblehead station have been replaced by volunteers from the Friends of the Settle-Carlisle Line and the Settle and Carlisle Railway Trust working in partnership with Network Rail. Although the shelter Is only some 20 years old, dating from the building of a new northbound platform to replace the one demolished to make way for the quarry siding, it had seriously deteriorated and the timber decayed.
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Popular as ever, our three holiday lets, the Station Master’s House at Ribblehead and cottages in Kirkby Stephen Station are booking up fast for 2017.
Book with us today to enjoy the sun and steam of a Settle-Carlisle summer
Our wonderful self-catering accommodation on the S&C means you can step right onto the train from your chosen cottage/house and explore this beautiful line.
Don’t forget your FoSCL discount - just let Rachel know your membership number when booking.
Tullie House Museum and the Settle-Carlisle Line are jointly working on a project to promote Carlisle's railway heritage. This may lead to a bid for funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund,
On Saturday 8th July at 1.45 pm there is a public consultation meeting at Tullie House Museum, chaired by Eric Robson, presenter of BBC Radio 4 Gardeners' Question Time. All welcome.
The 6th annual Ride 2 Stride festival of walks, talks and music has been declared a resounding success with over 800 people joining the walks and attending the walks. The festival, organised jointly by Friends of the Settle Carlisle Line, Friends of Dalesrail, Friends of a Dales Highway and other organisations was held during the last week of April culminating on May Day Bank Holiday Monday. Despite some uncertainty on the Friday due to planned industrial action by some rail staff all the events were well supported. This year film makers David Halsall and Bridget Izod brou
After weeks of social media pestering of Northern by FoSCL, spearheaded by former Chairman Mark Rand and supported by an increasing number of others, including RAIL's editor Nigel Harris we have had a top level response from Northern's interim MD Alan Chaplin today.
The offending material is being removed from the 158 windows 'immediately'. They had tried to remove the entire wrap but found that paint was coming off as well so decided to reveal the windows only at this stage.
This link takes you to a seven minute timelapse video of the Eden Brows Story, culminating in the passing of Flying Scotsman on Friday last.
Enthralling to watch, and a full record of this project from start to finish.
As of 31st March, the line is fully open again. A normal timetable is in operation. On Friday 31st March, people flocked to the lineside to see Flying Scotsman travel from Keighley to Carlisle and back.
The 0550 from Carlisle was the first train southbound and was packed with people wanting to take part in a historic occasion, not to mention all the media recording the event.
And the trains were packed throughout the day, a sure sign of the importance of the line to local people.
Keighley and Worth Valley Railway, who are running a special charter hauled by Flying Scotsman from Oxenhope in the Worth Valley to Carlisle and back on Friday 31st March, have finally been able to release the planned timings. See http://kwvr.co.uk/kwvr-news-items/flying-scotsman-timings/
Ribblehead Visitor Centre tearoom will be open from 31st March, a day earlier than usual because of Flying Scotsman.
The Exhibition at the Centre is being refurbished, it is planned that it will reopen in May. We'll publicise it when the date is known.
There will be several special events on Friday 31st March to celebrate the full reopening of the Settle-Carlisle Line.
Keighley and Worth Valley Railway are organising a special excursion hauled by Flying Scotsman from Keighley to Carlisle and return. This train is already fully booked. Timings have still not been announced but keep an eye on http://kwvr.co.uk/flyingscotsman/
The producers of two of our DVDs, Creative Imagineers Ltd, have secured transmissions on one of the Sky channels for both A Journey on The Settle Carlisle Railway and The Saving of The Settle-Carlisle Railway.
The channel is taking more than 15 hours of programming from them, with multiple transmissions over the three year period of the contract. Hopefully, the programmes will provide a small reminder that this spectacular railway is a wonderful day out, and help to reinvigorate it after the re-opening.
Based on feedback from a FoSCL member, most of the reserved seats for the Tornado hauled trains on 14, 15 & 16 February are now booked. He writes:
February 14th, 15th and 16th on the Settle Carlisle railway.
Twelve Northern services will be steam-hauled, seven-carriage trains. They will pass over the ‘roof of England’ behind Britain’s newest steam locomotive, Tornado. The world-famous line carves its way through the spectacular scenery of Cumbria’s Eden Valley, the Yorkshire Dales and crosses the majestic Ribblehead viaduct.
There is a very big Valentine's Week treat in store on February 14, 15 and 16 on the world famous Settle-Carlisle railway.
On those three days a total of twelve scheduled Northern services will be replaced by eight coach steam hauled trains. Four trains each day will traverse the line over the 'roof of England' hauled by Britain's newest steam locomotive Tornado.
Settle & Carlisle Re-opening Special
The Keighley & Worth Valley Railway is delighted to announce the running of a commemorative railtour from Oxenhope to Carlisle on 31st March behind ‘Flying Scotsman’, in conjunction with Northern, Network Rail and Friends of the Settle & Carlisle. The train, which will be operated by West Coast Railways, will form part of the re-opening celebrations of the Settle & Carlisle line which is scheduled to re-open on this day.
The 4th annual ride2stride festival will take place between 25th April and 1st May 2017
ride2stride is a festival of walks, talks and music along the fabulous Settle-Carlisle railway line.
It's a week long celebration of the wonderful landscape and culture of the western Dales and Eden Valley.
The Building and Saving of a Great Railway A Line of Critical Decisions
by Martin Pearson with a Foreword by Michael Portillo Paperback £13 inc P+P
Please note: there has been a delay at the printers of Martin Pearson's new book, The Settle-Carlisle Railway 1850-1990, which means that we have not yet been able to fulfill the many orders that we have had. We hope to start sending them out during the week beginning 28 November.
Railways have an enormous impact on our lives. A recent BBC programme claimed that railways made a bigger impact than the Internet. So it is important to record the story of our railways. That is why we are creating an archive of material about the Settle Carlisle Line. We have recently moved all our archives, and collection of small objects, to our own room at The Folly in Settle. We plan to put as much material as possible on-line. To discover what is already on-line visit http://www.settle-carlisle.co.uk/heritage/