About Us

The Friends of the Settle Carlisle Line were originally formed in 1981 to campaign against a proposal to close this famous historic and scenic route, and in 1989 the Government decided that the line must remain open. Since then we have acted as a user group to improve facilities and services for passengers, and as a support group for the train operating companies. Eight stations have been reopened, station buildings have been refurbished, platforms raised and Victorian style lamps installed. We have restored and now maintain the disused signal boxes at Armathwaite and Settle Station.
We are entirely run by volunteers. Nowadays our principal activities include:

  • Liaison with Northern Rail on passenger services and Network Rail on railway infrastructure.
  • Regularly providing On Train Guides to enhance travellers' experience of the Settle-Carlisle Line.
  • Regularly leading Guided Walks from stations along the line and at the historic Ribblehead site.
  • Helping to produce and distribute promotional leaflets to boost passenger numbers.
  • Running shops at Settle and Appleby stations selling a wide variety of S&C related items and local produce. Some of these items are also sold in our on-line shop.
  • Looking after station gardens, providing heritage style benches and re-painting woodwork.

We do not run steam trains. This is not a heritage railway but a normal part of the national rail network with regular services between Leeds and Carlisle run by Northern Rail using Diesel Multiple Units. Steam trains are however occasionally run by specialist charter companies and you can find full details by visiting UK Steam.
If you would like to enrol as a member, you will soon be able to do so from this web site. In the meantime you might like to email customer.relations@settle-carlisle.com and we'll phone you back and take your credit card details.  As a member you will receive a quarterly magazine featuring news of and developments on the Settle-Carlisle Line. If you live outside the valid postcode area for the Dales Railcard, as a FoSCL member you may purchase a Gold Card which gives you the same privileges, click here for details. If you live close enough to the line and have a little spare time, we would be delighted to welcome you as an active volunteer; click on Contact Us if you'd like to follow this up. You will also have the ability to make your views known via letters to the Editor and via the members' login facility on this web site.
This web site is exclusive to the Friends of the Settle Carlisle Line because it deals with activities which are unique to us. You may have found your way here via the Settle-Carlisle Partnership web site. We share that web site, as we are very much part of a partnership with the Settle-Carlisle Railway Development Company and the Settle-Carlisle Railway Heritage Trust and you can find details of their work on the Partnership web site.
We hope that you enjoy looking round this web site, that you will come for a tour of England's most scenic railway and that you will consider joining the Friends. We look forward to seeing you.