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01 August 2017

Ribblehead: “ExploreMore” at the Visitor Centre



A new way of looking at the Settle Carlisle line has gone live at the refurbished Ribblehead Visitor Centre. Using a touch screen you can now view the line between Settle and Blea Moor tunnel using aerial photography and 3D models. By clicking on the main features of the line (Ribblehead, Horton and Settle stations, Blea Moor and Settle signal boxes, Helwith Bridge quarry etc) you can explore further. Each feature has a gallery of images and stories including personal reminisences.

The project is part of the ‘Stories in Stone’ project with funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, FoSCL and the Settle Carlisle Railway Trust. High quality aerial photography was provided by Network Rail and the system was developed by Atlantic Geomatics, a Penrith based company specialising in aerial mapping. Atlantic Geomatics used drones to create 3D models of Ribblehead Viaduct, the navvy camp, and Ribblehead and Horton stations. It is possible to switch between aerial images, a modern map, and the original Midland Railway plans of the line.  

‘ExploreMore’ was created for Ribblehead Visitor Centre, but it is also possible to view on-line using this link 

 You will need a good internet connection to get the full benefit of the aerial images and 3D models.

‘ExploreMore’ enables us to make more information available on-line, which we hope will be of widespread interest. For example, local historians and people researching family history will find material of interest.

You can find out more about the work of the Settle and Carlisle Railway Trust on their website