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All aboard: The country bus

Fancy a little trip across the Yorkshire Dales by bus?  'All aboard: The country bus' is a real time 2 hour journey from Richmond to Ingleton using the Northern Dalesman bus filmed earlier this year and due to be broadcast on BBC4 at 8pm on Bank Holiday Monday 29th August.

The Northern Dalesman is a service often used by FoSCL Guided Walks on Sundays.  The bus meets the 09.00 train from Leeds at Ribblehead and takes walkers to Hawes or over the Buttertubs Pass into Swaledale.

New Day Ranger ticket announced

From Sunday 15 May 2016, a Settle Carlisle Line Day Ranger ticket will be available.  This will reduce the cost of travel for many journeys on the Settle Carlisle line.

The offer is being introduced to encourage people to travel on the world-famous railway, which remains open while essential repairs are carried out between Appleby and Carlisle in Cumbria.

FoSCL 2016 AGM

The FoSCL AGM will take place on Saturday 16th April at the Hallmark Hotel, Carlisle (just in front of the station).  It will start at 11.45 and finish around 15.30.  Speakers will be Alex Hynes, Managing Director of Arriva Rail North, and Simon Walton, former Chairman of the Campaign for Borders Rail.

Trains on the Settle-Carlisle Line are running as far as Appleby, there is a good express bus service to Carlisle that meets every train. 

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.