Settle and Carlisle Line (Midland Railway)

Introduction

This line is open. It was built by the Midland Railway. Much of the line crosses bare moorland using tunnels and viaducts and is much visited by steam specials.

The line is supported and promoted by the Friends of the Settle-Carlisle Line .



Locations along the line

These locations are along the line.

Empty coal train takes the Settle and Carlisle Line at Settle Junction. ...
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The signal box at Settle Junction, photographed in July 1986. ...
David Panton /07/1986
Eastbound train off the Settle and Carlisle Line at Settle Junction. ...
Ewan Crawford //
The Midland signal box at Settle Junction, as seen from a passing charter train (with opening windows!) coming off the Little North Western line from ...
Mark Bartlett 21/03/2015

158797 'Jane Tomlinson' southbound at Settle on 140617. I photographed it (her) at Leeds several years ago [see image 42302]. ...
Bruce McCartney 14/06/2017
Jubilee 45699 Galatea with The Fellsman on 18 June 2014. The train is approaching Settle station. ...
Ken Browne 18/06/2014
Train from Carlisle heading south. ...
Bruce McCartney 14/06/2017
A Carlisle to Leeds service comprised of 1588816 and 153304 calls at Settle on 26 July 2014. ...
John McIntyre 26/07/2014

DRS 66424 hauls an engineers train with long rails, working as the 6K05 Carlisle New Yard to Crewe diagram, passing the village of Stainforth on 05 ...
John McIntyre 05/03/2019


The new loading sidings at Arcow Quarry are in an advanced stage of construction on 23 January 2016. This new connection off the Settle and Carlisle ...
John McIntyre 23/01/2016


This is a two platform station with the main station building on the southbound platforms with a waiting shelter on the northbound platform. Buildings are of the Midland Railway style. The station is approached by a steep station road to the east.
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Stanier 8F no.48151 works hard on the climb on the approach to Horton-in-Ribblesdale on 05 March 2019 whilst working a railtour to Carlisle. The 8F ...
John McIntyre 05/03/2019
Horton-in-Ribblesdale looking north. ...
Ewan Crawford //
Around an hour into the journey north, the 1049 hrs from Leeds to Carlisle departs from Horton-in-Ribblesdale on 23 January 2016. ...
John McIntyre 23/01/2016
92220 Evening Star just north of Horton-in-Ribblesdale on 30th September 1978 with the Bishop Treacy commemorative special, which it ...
Bill Jamieson 30/09/1978

This is a two platform station with staggered platforms. The original building remains on the up platform, in use as a visitor's centre and museum.
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DBS 66035 on the approach to Ribblehead viaduct with a loaded coal train on 29 March 2014, shortly after passing Blea Moor signal box. [Ref query ...
John McIntyre 29/03/2014
BR Standard class 9F 2-10-0 92220 Evening Star northbound at Ribblehead on 30 September 1978 with the 'Bishop Treacy' memorial special. ...
John Robin 30/09/1978
A Carlisle - Leeds DMU begins to slow as it comes off Ribblehead Viaduct on 1 November 2004, prior to making a stop at Ribblehead station. ...
John Furnevel 01/11/2004
The limited stop Sunday 15.20 Carlisle to Leeds 158 service runs south after crossing Ribblehead viaduct on 28 September. The train is about to pass ...
David Pesterfield 28/09/2014

This was built as a double track 24 arch viaduct. It is 400 yds long and has a maximum height of 104 ft. It crosses Batty Moss and is also known as the Batty Moss Viaduct.
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The north 'king' pier of Ribblehead Viaduct, viewed from the west in April 2015. ...
Bill Jamieson 23/04/2015
Commemorative plaque at the base of Ribblehead Viaduct near the right of way to Gunnerfleet. The shot was taken directly into the sun and it was ...
Bill Jamieson 23/04/2015
Ribblehead Viaduct just visible from the Pennine Way in September 1968. ...
John Thorn //1968
Ribblehead viaduct bathed in wonderful light on the 10th of January 2016. ...
Alan Cormack 10/01/2016

Blea Moor Signalbox ...
John Gray //
General View of Blea Moor with its signalbox and siding. ...
John Gray //

This is a double track tunnel 1 mile 869 yards long.
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Blea Moor tunnel shaft 2 looking towards shaft 3 on 29 March 2014. ...
John McIntyre 29/03/2014
A passing shot of 45305 after leaving Blea Moor tunnel on 9 September 2012 with 'The Waverley' special. ...
Peter Rushton 09/09/2012
Ventillation shaft no 3 above Blea Moor tunnel in March 2014 - topped off with a weather station. ...
John McIntyre 29/03/2014
The south portal of Blea Moor / Bleamoor Tunnel (take your pick), seen from the unusual combined aqueduct and farm accommodation bridge which also ...
Bill Jamieson 23/04/2015

Snow was causing great disruption to the Midlands on 27th December 2017 but not to the highest mainline in England. A Carlisle to Leeds train crosses ...
Mark Bartlett 27/12/2017
The imposing Dent Head viaduct carries the Settle and Carlisle line over the small beck that becomes the River Dee. This picture looks north and the ...
Mark Bartlett 31/01/2009
A northbound freight runs onto Dent Head Viaduct in the early 1960s. ...
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Northbound over Dent Head Viaduct on 9 July 1961. The train is the R.C.T.S. (West Riding Branch) 'Borders Rail Tour' behind 46247 City of ...
K A Gray 09/07/1961


A Leeds - Carlisle train arrives at Dent in November 2004, with station platforms and buildings looking immaculate. ...
John Furnevel 01/11/2004
92220 Evening Star in the cutting just north of Dent station heading towards Rise Hill Tunnel while working the Bishop Treacy memorial ...
Bill Jamieson 30/09/1978
Cloud clings to the hillside and shrouds Dent station on 21 September as out of the mist comes a Milford West to Carlisle empty coal train hauled by ...
John McIntyre 21/09/2013
Empty coal wagons being taken north past Dent. ...
Ewan Crawford //

Flying Scotsman northbound near Rise Hill Tunnel on the Settle & Carlisle line on 30 September 1978 with The Lord Bishop. The special ...
Ian Dinmore 30/09/1978


This is a two platform station. Midland Railway style buildings remain on the platforms and there is a fine signal box.
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Freightliner train in the sunset north of Garsdale. ...
Beth Crawford //2005
Heading north approaching Garsdale. ...
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In January 1990 Ruswarp's owner, Graham Nuttall, got into difficulties walking near Llandrindod Wells, Powys. Ruswarp was found loyally waiting by his ...
John Yellowlees 23/07/2016
A Leeds - Carlisle train leaving Garsdale on 20 May 2012. ...
Jim Peebles 20/05/2012


Gresley A4 Pacific no 60009 Union of South Africa takes a special north towards Ais Gill circa 1984, photographed shortly after leaving ...
Colin Alexander //1984



One mile north of the famous Ais Gill Summit, this less well known viaduct crosses the actual Ais Gill beck. 158784, on a Northern service from ...
Mark Bartlett 01/02/2016
Coal train running south at Ais Gill Summit. ...
Beth Crawford //2005
Saturday 30th September 1978 had been a bright, if not sunny day, although by the time Merchant Navy Pacific 35028 Clan Line approached Ais ...
Bill Jamieson 30/09/1978
Southbound coal near Aisgill. ...
Ewan Crawford //

With a feather of steam from the safety valves, No. 46229 Duchess of Hamilton is clearly well on top of the job as it approaches the north end ...
Ingrid Jamieson 11/02/1984
Northbound sprinter approaching Birkett Tunnel just south of Kirkby Stephen in September 2008. ...
Ewan Crawford 02/09/2008
46233 Duchess of Sutherland on the return Carlisle - Euston Cumbrian Mountain Express south of Birkett Tunnel on 22 May 2013. [See image ...
Peter Rushton 22/05/2013
The sun came out on 22 May! At least it did just to the south of Birkett tunnel, in time to catch Stanier Coronation Pacific 46233 Duchess of ...
Peter Rushton 22/05/2013

This two platform station is open.
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Normal S&C service resumed. The 1618 Carlisle to Leeds service leaves Kirkby Stephen to continue the climb up to Ais Gill summit on 2nd May 2017. ...
Mark Bartlett 02/05/2017
The down platform at Kirkby Stephen (West) is devoid of passengers on 10 July, despite the 19.52 to Carlisle being due. However, although the ...
Bill Jamieson 10/07/2014
The up side platform buildings at Kirkby Stephen (West) seem to be glowing in the sunshine on the fine evening of 10th July 2014. ...
Bill Jamieson 10/07/2014
Kirkby Stephen signalbox ...
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The Class 40 prototype D200 (40122) seen heading south at Ormside during that period in the 1980s when it was reinstated to main line service for ...
Mark Bartlett 15/09/1984

Stanier 2-8-0 48151 on a Cumbrian Mountain Express stopping at Appleby in the early 90's ...
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Southern No.850 Lord Nelson rolls into Appleby for a water stop with a 'Scout Special' on 15th September 1984. At the time this big Maunsell ...
Mark Bartlett 15/09/1984
Appleby station ...
John Gray //
LMS 8F 2-8-0 48151 has the signal to leave Appleby with an excursion from Kidderminster to Carlisle on 10th May 2017. The shunting arm on the bracket ...
Bruce McCartney 10/05/2017


A Black 5 takes a train over Long Marton viaduct on the Settle and Carlisle Line just north of Appleby in the 1960s. ...
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Long Marton station, just north of Appleby, survived until the Settle and Carlisle local stations closed in 1970 but was not one of those that later ...
Mark Bartlett 15/08/2010
The Lord Bishop commemorative tour of 30th September 1978 from London Euston to Appleby, where a memorial service was held for the late Rt Rev ...
Bill Jamieson 30/09/1978


The closed station at New Biggin viewed from a southbound train, diverted from the WCML. ...
Ewan Crawford 25/03/1989


The signal box and level crossing at Culgaith on the Settle and Carlisle Line in May 2006. ...
John Furnevel /05/2006
Stanier 4-6-2 46203 Princess Margaret Rose passing the former station at Culgaith in the early 90's ...
Gordon Steel //
A3 4472 Flying Scotsman, with a special train over the Settle and Carlisle route, passing Culgaith level crossing in the late 1980s. ...
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View over the level crossing at the closed Culgaith station looking north in May 2006. The former station masters cotttage is on the right. ...
John Furnevel 06/05/2006



Langwathby station. ...
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Sprinter 156480, on a Carlisle - Leeds service, seen at Langwathby on 24th May 1995. ...
Gordon Steel 24/05/1995
Class 47 47629, seen passing Langwathby on a southbound special excursion in 1988. The following year the former D1966 became 47828 and a long career ...
Gordon Steel 04/06/1988
The main station building on the down side at Langwathby, photographed in the spring of 2006. Opened by the Midland Railway in 1876, the station spent ...
John Furnevel 06/05/2005

A view south of the former station at Little Salkeld on 19 April 2017. [See image 22618] ...
John McIntyre 19/04/2017
Looking north along the former station approach to Little Salkeld on the Settle and Carlisle Line, seen from the main road on 6 May 2006. The station, ...
John Furnevel 06/05/2006


Lazonby station. ...
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A Carlisle to Leeds train has just departed from Lazonby & Kirkoswald station during the late afternoon of 6 September and is crossing the short ...
John McIntyre 06/09/2014
Goods shed conversion. View across the former goods yard at Lazonby in May 2006, with the site in use by the local bakery company. The station is ...
John Furnevel 06/05/2006
Handy for the office - old station masters house at Lazonby 2006. ...
John Furnevel 06/05/2006



If I were you I would close that window...! Scene on the Settle & Carlisle on 30 April 1966, with Britannia Pacific no 70035 Rudyard ...
Robin Barbour Collection (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) 30/04/1966

LMS 8F 2-8-0 48151 with the nortbound Fellsman passing through Armathwaite at 1250 hours on Tuesday 25 July 2017.
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Peter Todd 25/07/2017
The extended (!) Armathwaite station in May 2006, looking south from the entrance on Station Road. [Ref query 9282] ...
John Furnevel 06/05/2006
The Killoch to Drax/Ratcliffe power station coal train approaching Armathwaite on 17 July 2013 with Freightliner 66557 in charge. ...
Bill Jamieson 17/07/2013
Waiting patiently at Low House level crossing on the Settle - Carlisle line just north of Armathwaite on 12 May 2014 as the 12.49 Leeds - Carlisle ...
Brian Smith 12/05/2014


The Fellsman, shortly after leaving Carlisle on the Settle line on 17 June 2015. Photographed approaching Cotehill behind Jubilee 45690 ...
Brian Smith 17/06/2015
A southbound passenger train headed by a Black 5 on the Settle & Carlisle line around 1964/65, possibly the 4.37pm Carlisle - Bradford stopping ...
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Following a two and a half hours sojourn in Carlisle, 44932 and 45231 head The Fellsman back south between Howe & Co's. Siding box and Cotehill ...
Bill Jamieson 07/08/2013


The former Cumwhinton station looking north to Carlisle in 1998. ...
Ewan Crawford //1998
Looking north over the former station at Cumwhinton on 21 January 2017. The rails are rusty at the moment with the closure of the S&C at Eden Brows a ...
John McIntyre 21/01/2017



46233 Duchess of Sutherland powers past the site of the former Midland MPD at Durran Hill on 31 January 2015 with the southbound Winter ...
Ken Browne 31/01/2015
45562 Alberta passing Durranhill Junction box in October 1967 with the 1Z45 Jubilee Railway Society South Yorkshireman No 7 railtour. ...
K A Gray 07/10/1967
Panorama showing the wide open spaces on the eastern approach to Carlisle in February 2007, much changed since the heydey of the railways. Off to the ...
John Furnevel 26/02/2007
BR Standard class 9F 2-10-0 no 92167 on Carlisle's Durranhill shed, thought to have been taken on 12 July 1958. ...
K A Gray 12/07/1958

'Green at last...' Northbound coal empties off the Settle & Carlisle line finally get the clear after a lengthy hold up at Petteril Bridge ...
John Furnevel 26/02/2007
The RCTS (West Riding Branch) Borders Rail Tour from Leeds City stopped short of Petteril Bridge Junction, Carlisle, on 9 July 1961. Stanier ...
K A Gray 09/07/1961