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The Settle - Carlisle Line
Registered Charity No 702724
The Settle and Carlisle line is unique among British railway lines as its Victorian architecture remains complete and intact. The line has a rich legacy of historical fact and folklore, and includes a wide range of original buildings and structures. In 1991 the importance of this heritage was reflected in the designation of a conservation area throughout the 78 mile length of the line from Carlisle to Hellifield. The only railway line in Great Britain to be accorded such status.
Successful restoration of this unique Victorian
heritage and interpretation of the line's history
is of vital importance for future generations. Network Rail, the national rail network operator, and Northern, the train operator, are well equipped to successfully meet the demands
of their roles. But neither can be expected
to undertake the additional responsibility of safeguarding the line's heritage as part of their day to day activities.
Following the reprieve of the line, The Settle & Carlisle Railway Trust was established in 1990 to specifically address the conservation and interpretation of the line's architecture and history. The Trust achieves this by working closely with Network Rail and Northern, as well as The Friends of the Settle and Carlisle Line, The Settle and Carlisle Railway Development Company, The Yorkshire Dales National Park, Craven and Eden District Councils, Carlisle City Council and other key stakeholders.
Details of all these organisations and more can be found below:
This is the partnership of the three S&C organisations - the Trust, the
Friends and the Development Company. It is the first port of call for those
wishing to find out more about the S&C line.
The Settle - Carlisle Partnership
The Settle - Carlisle Railway Development Company
The Development Company is responsible for promoting and supporting the scheduled services on the line and encouraging appropriate sustainable development throughout the line corridor. The Company operate the refreshment trolley service available on most of the trains on the line

Town Hall, Market Place, Settle, North Yorkshire, BD24 9EJ Facebook/Twitter @setcarrailway
Friends of the Settle Carlisle Line
The Friends of the Settle Carlisle Line (FoSCL) was formed in 1981 to fight the proposed closure of the line. Following its success with the reprieve in 1989 FoSCL has grown as a subscription organisation with around 3,500 members, the largest rail user group in the UK. FoSCL campaigns for the maintenance and improvement of services and facilities along the line.

The Membership Team can be contacted at:
FoSCL Membership (SCRDC):
Railway Station, Clifford Street, Appleby, CA16 6TT
Tel 017683 53200 Email uk
Network Rail
Network Rail owns and maintains the infrastructure (track, signalling, bridges etc.) for the
Train Operating and Freight Companies to operate their services on. The entire route of
the Settle-Carlisle line falls within the jurisdiction of Network Rail London North West Region
under the directorship of Jo Kaye, Route Director.
The address for Network Rail LNWR is:
100, Wharfside Street, Birmingham, B1 1RT
The Train Operating Company
The Train Operating Company currently holding the Franchise to operate services between
Leeds and Carlisle is Northern, (Arriva Rail North) . As Station Facility Owner, Northern is responsible for operating train services, cleaning and maintenance of the stations and publicity.
The postal address for Northern is:
Northern House, Rougier Street, York, YO1 6HZ
Railway Heritage Trust
The Railway Heritage Trust is an independent registered company limited by guarantee, funded
by Network Rail and the Highways Agency Historical Railways Estate, whose role is to support through grants the conservation and restoration of historic railway buildings and structures. It also acts as an advisory body to those owners and other interested bodies on the conservation of the country’s railway heritage.
Address: 1 Eversholt Street, London, NW1 2DN
Tel: 020 7904 7354 Email:
Local Authorities
The following list details the Local Authorities with whom the Trust works closely and under whose jurisdiction the respective stations fall.
Eden District Council, Mansion House, Penrith,
Cumbria, CA11 7YG
Armathwaite - Lazonby - Langwathby - Appleby - Kirkby Stephen
Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority,
Yorebridge House, Bainbridge, N.Yorks, DL8 3EL
Garsdale - Dent - Ribblehead - Horton-in-Ribblesdale - Kirkby Stephen
Craven District Council, Granville Steet, Skipton,
North Yorkshire, BD23 1PS
Other Useful Contacts
Railway Heritage Committee:
PO Box 3740, Bath, BA2 7WZ

English Heritage:
Fortress House, 23, Saville Row, London, W1S 2ET

The Victorian Society:
1, Priory Gardens, Bedford Park, London, W4 1TT

The Twentieth Century Society:
70, Cowcross Street, London, EC1M 6EJ
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The stunning ironwork at Hellifield Station
All images on this website are courtesy of the SCRT, Tony Freschini, Geoff Bounds, Martin Firth and Andrew & Rachel Griffiths of ImageRail
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Registered Charity No 702724
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