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NEW! Settle to Carlisle Way

By richard.morris / Tue, 18/12/2012 - 18:33

Rucksack Readers have recently published a brand new book detailing a walk that follows the entire S&C from Settle to Carlisle.


It's written by Vivienne Crow, a freelance writer and photographer with a passion for the outdoors.  Based in north Cumbria, she has written or co-authored more than a dozen guidebooks.  Readers of the Cumberland News will be familiar with her weekly articles on walks in the Lake District and further afield. 


New Sunday train service

By richard.morris / Thu, 22/11/2012 - 17:51

We’re delighted that, from December,
there will be an extra Sunday service
in each direction between Leeds and
Carlisle. We’ve long hoped for this as
Sunday trains can be quite busy throughout
the year. The start from Sheffield in the
morning and termination at Nottingham
in the evening is an unexpected bonus
and a small step towards our aspiration
for a through service from Nottingham to


Settle-Carlisle Line closed, Tuesday 25th Sept

By richard.morris / Tue, 25/09/2012 - 10:36

Heavy rain overnight has caused flooding in Stainforth Tunnel and in the Smardale area, leading to cancellation of all northbound trains as at 9 am. 


At Smardale the down line is blocked by 300 yards of floodwater.  There is a report of a landslip affecting the up line.


if it's any consolation the East Coast Main Line is also blocked.


FoSCL meets the Rail Minister

By richard.morris / Thu, 19/07/2012 - 13:06

Richard Morris, FoSCL Chairman, and Douglas Hodgins, Chairman of the Settle-Carlisle Railway Development Company, were privileged to spend half an hour with Theresa Villiers, Minister of State for Transport, together with John Stevenson, MP for Carlisle.  It's thanks to him and his PA Hannah that we got in to see the Minister at all.


Fellsman steam train programme

By richard.morris / Mon, 16/07/2012 - 11:03

The popularity of the “Fellsman” trains running every Wednesday through the summer from Lancaster, Preston, Blackburn, Clitheroe & Long Preston continue unabated for its fourth season with the first eight trains all fully booked and over 440 passengers on each, the remaining two trains on 22nd and 29th August only having a handful of standard class seats remaining with Premier and First Class selling out weeks ago.

S&C to the rescue

By richard.morris / Wed, 04/07/2012 - 15:31

Torrential downpours across northern England on Thursday 27th June caused landslides between Lancaster and Carlisle, closing the West Coast Main Line.  The East Coast Main Line was also closed near Berwick.  The only north-south through route remaining open was the Settle-Carlisle Line.


Garsdale extra stop

By richard.morris / Sat, 19/05/2012 - 12:20

We're delighted that the southbound weekday early morning direct train Carlisle-Leeds also stops at Garsdale from 14th May.  Previously it stopped at most other stations, but Garsdale could not be included due to pathing constraints in the Aire Valley.


Portillo's S&C radio programme

By richard.morris / Mon, 07/05/2012 - 10:51

You can listen to Michael Portillo's radio programme on the post-Beeching cuts, which was broadcast last Saturday at 8pm on Radio 4.  Click on this link to listen again:


But hurry, there's only a few days left!


It's worth listening to the entire programme if you have the time.  Otherwise, the relevant bits for the S&C are:

Just under 15 mins in, Tony Freschini gets 2 minutes.

More online membership features

By richard.morris / Tue, 24/04/2012 - 14:13

In addition to joining FoSCL or renewing your membership online, there are now a couple of other enhancements available to you:

  • gift membership
  • FoSCL Dales Railcard

Why not buy a relative or friend membership of the Friends as a birthday or Christmas present?  They'll get our acclaimed magazine four times a year, access to the Members' Only section of this web site and be able to purchase a FoSCL Dales Railcard.


Stay at Kirkby Stephen station

By richard.morris / Sun, 01/04/2012 - 10:50

How would you like to spend a few days staying in the station building at Kirkby Stephen West? Not only can you watch all the trains on the Settle-Carlisle line passing your window, but you're in the heart of the upper Eden Valley with fabulous views of the nearby fells. And the bustling market town of Kirkby Stephen is only a view minutes away. Visit for all you need to know. But hurry, it's fully booked well into the summer months already...

There's space on the trains...

By richard.morris / Thu, 15/03/2012 - 11:48

Since the end of the Metro special offer on 23rd March, the trains are back to normal, with plenty of seats on most trains. Come walking in the Dales and the Eden Valley, or admire the scenery along the entire Settle-Carlisle route! This is the best time of year, before the trees come into leaf, so you can see far more from the train. There was standing room only on some trains towards the end of the special offer, and FoSCL will be making suggestions to Northern Rail as to how the situation can be improved next winter. Richard FoSCL Chairman

Fellsman on TV

By richard.morris / Mon, 27/02/2012 - 21:11

Statesman Rail are pleased to announce that the new series of ITV’s popular series ‘The Dales’ will air in March and in addition to our “Fellsman” steam train being featured on the opening credits of every episode we will have our own feature in episode 2 when the presenter Ade Edmondson rides the footplate of the engine over the iconic Ribblehead Viaduct.


Portillo visits the S&C

By richard.morris / Wed, 01/02/2012 - 11:45

Michael Portillo travelled from Carlisle to Ribblehead, then on to Settle, on Monday 23rd January. 


He is making a radio documentary on the post-Beeching closures.  The S&C is of course a shining example of one that didn't happen.


Online Membership is back!

By richard.morris / Wed, 18/01/2012 - 11:46

Apply online for FoSCL membership!  Existing members can also renew online. 


We've had our own online membership pages created especially for FoSCL by our developer, Arron King of Carlisle.  We've worked closely with him on the appearance of the membership pages and he has paid particular attention to the data security aspects of the system. 


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