The legendary Flying Scotsman will be making a trip along the Settle Carlisle Railway early in 2016 as part of its testing following a £4.2 million pound restoration led by by the National Railway Museum.
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The Pennine Way, England's longest National Trail, celebrated its 50th anniversary earlier this year. FoSCL's own programme of free guided walks often use sections of the route as it passes through the western Dales.
The small gardens of Armathwaite are open again this weekend, 27-28 June. Come by train to Armathwaite station!
For details see http://www.opengardens.co.uk/open_gardens.php?id=750
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Network Rail has suspended West Coast Railways from operating anywhere on the national rail network following a serious SPAD (signal passed at danger) event earlier this year.
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 has recently launched its Prospectus for the next franchise and beyond. We are currently putting our plans to the short listed bidders. It won't happen tomorrow, but we expect that bit by bit we'll get most of the improvements in rail services and rolling stock that we would like to see.
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.
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
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
Nomination forms are available on request.
£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
Celebrating 25 Years of Saving the Settle-Carlisle Railway.
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.
Stop at Kirkby Stephen Station on Saturday 10th May between 10am and 4pm to meet and buy the work of some local artists and crafters. Items include wonderful S&C and local photography and the finest pencil drawings available as prints and cards, up-cycled furniture and even some railway collectables.
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.
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.
In November 2013, the Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust published three leaflets in a series entitled "Ribblehead Triangle Walks". Leaflet no. 3: "Ribblehead Viaduct and the Navvies" offers a self-guided short (one or two-mile) walk around the area to the north-east of Ribblehead Viaduct to explore the remains of the navvy settlements and the various work-sites associated with the contruction of the Settle-Carlisle Railway in this area. The leaflet includes:
The Royal Geographical Society (RGS) produces a series of geographically-themed walks around the UK called ‘Discovering Britain’. The aim is to encourage people to explore Britain’s diverse landscapes. All these walks are available in written or audio versions on a website. They are free, self-guided and hopefully fun.