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The Trust is still looking for donations and sponsorship for the
Ribblehead project, one part of which is the Stationmaster's House.
If you can help please use this link (right), to donate, thankyou.
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The Settle and Carlisle Railway Trust has been handed a prestigious industry accolade at the 2014 National Railway Heritage Awards ceremony.

Our restoration of the Station Master’s House at Ribblehead was announced
as the winner in the Railway Heritage
Trust Conservation category, after being shortlisted from scores of entrants from across the UK and Ireland.
Winner at the 2014 National Railway Heritage Awards!
The Station Master’s House has been restored from a derelict shell to a high
quality holiday let.

Now celebrating its thirty-fifth year, the annual National Railway Heritage Awards - the ‘Oscars’ of the sector – recognise projects of excellence ranging from pioneering achievements of national institutions to those crafted with limited resources and budget, or those championing sustainability. The National Railway Heritage Awards
are judged by a panel drawn from the architectural, academic and heritage sectors.
Jon Blythe, General Manager of the SCRT, said: “We are delighted to win this award and receive the recognition from our peers in the railway heritage sector. It’s particularly gratifying as we are a very small team and this award is a testament to the way that the Trust and industry partners and supporters have worked together to transform what was an isolated virtually derelict building into a high quality holiday let. It is really encouraging
to see so many smaller projects being recognised, which demonstrates the inventiveness that is alive in the railway heritage sector across the country.”
The award was presented by the Commissioner for Transport in London,
Sir Peter Hendy at a ceremony on Wednesday 3 December at the Merchant Taylor’s Hall in Central London.
Jon Blythe - General Manager seen here with the award.
Railways have an enormous impact on our lives. A recent BBC programme claimed that railways made a bigger impact than the Internet. So it is important to record the story of our railways. That is why we are creating an archive of material about the Settle Carlisle Line. We have recently moved all our archives, and collection of small objects, to our own room at The Folly in Settle. We plan to put as much material as possible on-line.
Our History. Our Archives.
To discover what is already on-line click here...
We have just launched the Directory of Resources created by Nigel Mussett. This is a comprehensive listing of material about the Line including books, poetry, art as well as more obvious factual information. There is a separate list of images. You can view a pdf of the Directory and a sepearte pdf of images. In future we plan to put a full catalogue of all our archives on-line.
We are having open days at The Folly when you can come and see the material we have. Our archives are normally open the first Saturday of the month from 11am until 3pm. If you want to be sure we will be open, please email us at
Railway archives are held by the National Railway Museum in York and The National Archives at Kew. But many other organisations also hold archives. For example the Midland Railway Society has the biggest collection of material on the Midland Railway in Derby. Our focus is the period from the saving of the line in 1989 to the present day.

History starts today. By tomorrow, what happened today is history. So it is important to collect material today that tells the story of the Settle Carlisle Railway for future generations. For example, we are recording the buildings and the lineside equipment that is fast disappearing as our railways are modernized. You can find the Settle Carlisle Railway Conservation Area project, led by Mark Harvey
To find out more click here...
The word ‘archive’ conjures up an image of dusty boxes on shelves. We do have boxes, and we do have shelves, but they are not dusty and they contain stories about real people who built the railway (including the navvies) and who worked on the railway (the railway companies kept very detailed records, a joy for family historians). Our aim is to bring these stories to life, and make them accessible.

If you have any questions about our archives, or material you would like to loan or donate, or if you want to get involved, then please email us:

Bryan Gray
Chairman, Collections & Archives Committee