The Friends of the Settle Carlisle Line were 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. Eight stations have been reopened, the number of trains has increased, station buildings have been refurbished, platforms raised and Victorian style lamps installed. We have restored the disused signal boxes at Armathwaite and Settle Station. We operate a ‘Station Adoption Scheme’ whereby some of our members tend the flower beds and look after the station welfare. We also help to produce and distribute promotional leaflets to boost passenger numbers, and we organise guided walks from some trains. We work in partnership with other organisations on many projects.
We are entirely run by volunteers.
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.