Ribblehead Station
Visitor Centre
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Ribblehead Station
The Trustís first major solo undertaking was the restoration of the station building at Ribblehead. Although Railtrack had renewed the roof of the building in 1997, the rest of the structure required major work to bring it back into use.
The task of restoring and refurbishing the building involved the creation
of a Visitor Centre in the former Booking Office and Booking Hall, and
a small shop in the former Portersí Room. The former Ladiesí Waiting
Room and Gentsí Toilet block, together with new floorspace created in
the roof void above, provided accommodation for the caretakersí flat.
Plans had been drawn up by the Trust in 1994 to completely refurbish
the building and convert it into a Visitor Centre with resident caretakersí accommodation. The Trust completed the acquisition of the building on
a 125 year lease in September 1999, and work commenced on site later
that month.
The waiting Ďshedí at the front of the building would be retained for the use
of rail passengers.
Work on the building was completed in six months and the Visitor Centre opened its doors in June 2000. The restored building was formally opened by Steve Macare, Chairman of the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority, at an event to mark the occasion on 14th October 2000.
The Ribblehead Project was made possible through a number of grants, including those from the European Union Regional Development Fund, the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority, English Heritage, the Railway Heritage Trust and Friends of the Settle-Carlisle Line.
The building won the Trust a prestigious Ian Allan Railway Heritage Award in 2000.
The restored station in use
The passengers waiting room
Ribblehead Station
The Trust's work at Ribblehead includes several projects.
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The Visitor Centre
The Trustís aim was to preserve and restore the station building at Ribblehead as near as possible to its original condition. However, as with any building preservation scheme the initial restoration is only part of the story. Finding an alternative use for a building that has outlived its original purpose can be just as challenging. The idea of a Visitor Centre, housing a display tracing the history and development of the line in the Ribblehead area, was decided on.
Part of the new display at the Visitor Centre
The new display reflects the history of
the line in the context of the Ribblehead environment. There is a room tracing the history of the building and restoration of the viaduct, a room focusing on the station building and all its varied uses throughout its history, and finally a
room dedicated to the building of tunnels.
The Trust is always on the look-out for new items to display that relate to the Line and in particular the Ribblehead area.
The Stationmaster's House
An old view of the Stationmaster's House
The stationmasterís house at Ribblehead became redundant in 1967 when the station became an unstaffed halt. The building
was subsequently sold and became a private house. In 1985
the building changed hands and became a base for outdoor activities for pupils of a school in Lytham, Lancashire.
From the outset, after it had acquired Ribblehead station
building in 1999, the Trust took an interest in the station masterís house.
The potential to enhance the Ribblehead site in terms of improving the environment of the station area as a whole was recognised. The Trust approached the schools with a proposal to purchase the house and a price was agreed.
Full planning consent was granted by the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority. After much work, restoration of the stationmasterís house is now complete, externally to its original condition, whilst at the same time fitting out internally to provide high quality living accommodation.
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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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The centre illustrates for visitors the history of the site from its beginning to the present day - and includes fascinating insights into the construction and repair of the line, its viaducts and tunnels.
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Normally open 7 days a week from 10.30 until 15.30, staffed by volunteers.

Refreshments also available.
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 Masterís 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.

The Station Masterís House has been restored from a derelict shell to a high quality holiday let. The award was presented by the Commissioner for Transport in London, Sir Peter Hendy at a ceremony on Wednesday 3 December at the Merchant Taylorís Hall in Central London.
Jon Blythe - General Manager,
seen here in London with the award.