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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.

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

Northern Dalesman bus link 2014

Northern Dalesman bus link 2014

Photo: John Carey

FoSCL are supporting the Northern Dalesman bus link every Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday until October 19th 2014. The bus connects with 0900 Sunday train from Leeds (0850 on Bank Holiday Mondays) at Ribblehead Station and goes to Snaizeholme Lane End (for the Red Squirrel Trail); Hawes; Buttertubs Pass; Keld (mornings only); Muker; Gunnerside; Reeth (for Arkengarthdale) and Richmond.

Walk the Line: join FoSCL and Friends of DalesRail to walk from Settle to Carlisle in 2014

As part of the 25th anniversary celebrations FoSCL and Friends of DalesRail walk leaders have arranged a series of linear walks between April and October starting in Settle and finishing in Carlisle.  The walks will mainly follow the route described by Vivienne Crow in her 2012 book 'Settle to Carlisle Way' published by Rucksack readers.

DalesRail 25th Anniversary charity train

On Sunday 13th April a Northern Rail sponsored, FoSCL organised, special charity train (with net proceeds being donated to the Railway Children and a charity of FoSCL's choosing) will run along the DalesRail route from Blackpool to Carlisle. During a 2 hour stop in Carlisle Colin Speakman, founder secretary of the Yorkshire Dales Society and chairman of the Dales Way Association will give a presentation on "The saving of the Settle & Carlisle Line" in the Hallmark Hotel, adjacent to Carlisle Station.