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 .



Dates

  /  /1866Settle and Carlisle Line (Midland Railway)
Bill for the line presented with support from the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway, Glasgow and South Western Railway and the North British Railway (who did not have a partner other than the North Eastern Railway route to Newcastle Central for taking traffic from the Border Union Railway (North British Railway) (Waverley Route) at Carlisle).
16/07/1866Settle and Carlisle Line (Midland Railway)
Act passed. Running powers over the North Eastern Railway to enter Carlisle Citadel given.
  /  /1868Settle and Carlisle Line (Midland Railway)
An agreement with the London and North Western Railway is reached over use of the Ingleton Branch (London and North Western Railway) and Lancaster and Carlisle Railway by the Midland Railway. The route would involve the North Western Railway. The Midland Railway tries to abandon the Settle and Carlisle Line (Midland Railway). The North British Railway and the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway block the abandonment.
  /  /1873Settle and Carlisle Line (Midland Railway)
Line planned to be open, but was not due to heavy engineering required.
02/08/1875Settle and Carlisle Line (Midland Railway)
First goods train.
01/05/1876Settle and Carlisle Line (Midland Railway)
First passenger train. Midland Railway trains run through Carlisle Citadel, continued north by the North British Railway or Glasgow and South Western Railway.
  /  /1970Settle and Carlisle Line (Midland Railway)
Long Morton, New Biggin, Culgaith, Little Salkeld closed.
  /  /1990Settle and Carlisle Line (Midland Railway)
Settle and Carlisle Railway Trust formed.
31/01/1995Settle and Carlisle Line (Midland Railway)
A guard killed and 40 injured in an accident at Aisgill.
  /  /1997Settle and Carlisle Line (Midland Railway)
Settle and Carlisle Railway Trust given planning permission to restore Ribblehead station.
  /06/2000Settle and Carlisle Line (Midland Railway)
Ribblehead station visitor^s centre opened.
22/03/2005Settle and Carlisle Line (Midland Railway)
Prince of Wales formally re-opens the restored Kirkby Stephen station building.

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
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This is a two platform station in the south west of the town of Settle. The main station building is on the southbound platform. The town is also served by the more distant Giggleswick station further to the west.
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Looking back south from a UK Railtours excursion from Kings Cross to Carlisle, passing Settle station on 3rd October 2015. ...
David Bosher 03/10/2015
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
The Network Rail HST test train approaches Settle on 26 July 2014 while on a move from Derby RTC to Heaton. ...
John McIntyre 26/07/2014
Train from Carlisle heading south. ...
Bruce McCartney 14/06/2017
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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
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Seen from a passing train on the S&C, GBRF 66728 sits in the sidings at Arcow Quarry on 10 July 2019 as the wagons are loaded. ...
John McIntyre 10/07/2019
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
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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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Horton-in-Ribblesdale station, Settle & Carlisle Line, being passed by UK Railtours excursion from London Kings Cross to Carlisle, looking back south, ...
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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
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
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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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158855 leaves the staggered northbound platform at Ribblehead with a Leeds to Carlisle service on 12th September 2020. ...
Mark Bartlett 12/09/2020
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
UK Railtours excursion behind D9009 passing Ribblehead station on the Settle & Carlisle Line, on 3rd October 2015. ...
David Bosher 03/10/2015
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
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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. Engineer John Sydney Crossley.
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The north ^king^ pier of Ribblehead Viaduct, viewed from the west in April 2015. ...
Bill Jamieson 23/04/2015
Ribblehead Viaduct, looking back south from UK Railtours excursion from London Kings Cross to Carlisle, now behind D9009, on 3rd October 2015. ...
David Bosher 03/10/2015
UK Railtours excursion from London Kings Cross to Carlisle, behind D9009 since Doncaster, crossing the Settle & Carlisle Line^s iconic Ribblehead ...
David Bosher 03/10/2015
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
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UK Railtours^ excursion passing Blea Moor signal box on the Settle & Carlisle Line, on 3rd October 2015. ...
David Bosher 03/10/2015
Blea Moor Signalbox ...
John Gray //
General View of Blea Moor with its signalbox and siding. ...
John Gray //
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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
A Northern service from Carlisle to Leeds exits Blea Moor Tunnel on 29 March 2014. The course of the tunnel can be seen on the hillside with spoil ...
John McIntyre 29/03/2014
Ventillation shaft no 3 above Blea Moor tunnel in March 2014 - topped off with a weather station. ...
John McIntyre 29/03/2014
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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. ...
Robin Barbour Collection (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) //
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
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Situated on the east side of Dentdale, mid way between Dent Station and Dent Head Viaduct, this is Arten Gill Viaduct, nicely lit by the winter sun on ...
Mark Bartlett 27/12/2017
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This is is the highest mainline station in England at a height of 1150 feet above sea level. It is a two platform station. The station building, now a private house, stands on the northbound platform. A waiting shelter, open to passengers, is on the southbound platform. The village of Dent is two miles away to the west by road.
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Dent station, the highest in England, seen from passing UK Railtours^ excursion to Carlisle on 3rd October 2015. ...
David Bosher 03/10/2015
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
Empty coal wagons being taken north past Dent. ...
Ewan Crawford //
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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
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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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See also
Hawes Branch (Midland Railway)
Freightliner train in the sunset north of Garsdale. ...
Beth Crawford //2005
Heading north approaching Garsdale. ...
Ewan Crawford //
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 Freightliner class 66 with a southbound coal train on the Settle & Carlisle line seen passing Garsdale in July 2010. ...
Ian Dinmore /07/2010
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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
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This summit has an altitude of 1167 ft. The box formerly located here can now be found at Butterley.
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Coal train running south at Ais Gill Summit. ...
Beth Crawford //2005
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
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 //
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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
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This two platform station is open. The station building h was restored and re-opening in 2005. It is topped with a weather station, 870ft above sea level.
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Scotrail liveried 47712 brings up the rear of a ^North Pennine Staycation Express^ from Appleby to Skipton as it climbs past Kirkby Stephen signal ...
Mark Bartlett 13/08/2020
DB 66083 lifts a long rake of empty box wagons through Kirkby Stephen on the climb to Ais Gill Summit on 13th August 2020. The train was working from ...
Mark Bartlett 13/08/2020
The S&C Staycation Express venture has been widely reported and appears to have been successful. The 12th and 13th August workings were particularly ...
Mark Bartlett 13/08/2020
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
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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
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Stanier 2-8-0 48151 on a Cumbrian Mountain Express stopping at Appleby in the early 90^s ...
Gordon Steel //
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
Appleby North Signal Box. ...
John Gray //
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A Black 5 takes a train over Long Marton viaduct on the Settle and Carlisle Line just north of Appleby in the 1960s. ...
Robin Barbour Collection (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) //
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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
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The closed station at New Biggin viewed from a southbound train, diverted from the WCML. ...
Ewan Crawford 25/03/1989
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Stanier 4-6-2 46203 Princess Margaret Rose passing the former station at Culgaith in the early 90^s ...
Gordon Steel //
The signal box and level crossing at Culgaith on the Settle and Carlisle Line in May 2006. ...
John Furnevel /05/2006
A3 4472 Flying Scotsman, with a special train over the Settle and Carlisle route, passing Culgaith level crossing in the late 1980s. ...
Gordon Steel //
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
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Langwathby station. ...
Ewan Crawford //
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 1876 station at Langwathby on the Settle & Carlisle line, seen here on the morning of 6 May 2006. The building now houses its own version of the ...
John Furnevel 06/05/2006
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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
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Lazonby station. ...
Ewan Crawford //
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
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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
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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
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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 ...
Robin Barbour Collection (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) //
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
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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
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Northern 156470 with an early afternoon service from Leeds approaching Carlisle on 26 February 2007. The train is passing through Durranhill, once the ...
John Furnevel 26/02/2007
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
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^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
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