Settle–Carlisle line

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The Settle–Carlisle line (also known as the Settle and Carlisle (S&C)) is a 73 mi main railway line in northern England.wikipedia
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Ribblehead Viaduct

Ribblehead
The historic line was constructed in the 1870s and has several notable tunnels and viaducts such as the imposing Ribblehead.
The Ribblehead Viaduct or Batty Moss Viaduct carries the Settle–Carlisle railway across Batty Moss in the Ribble Valley at Ribblehead, in North Yorkshire, England.

"Little" North Western Railway

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The Midland's access to Scotland was via the "Little North Western" route to Ingleton.
The MR used part of the line for its London to Scotland Settle and Carlisle main line.

Settle Junction railway station

Settle Junction
The route, which crosses the remote, scenic regions of the Yorkshire Dales and the North Pennines, runs between Settle Junction, on the Leeds to Morecambe line, and, near the English-Scottish borders.
Settle Junction railway station was located near the town of Settle, North Yorkshire, England, immediately to south of the junction between the Midland Railway's North Western and Settle-Carlisle branches, 39+3/4 mi northwest of.

West Coast Main Line

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All passenger services are operated by Northern apart from those temporary diverted services (due to closures of the West Coast Main Line).

Thames–Clyde Express

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In 1962, the Thames–Clyde Express travelling via the S&C took almost nine hours from London to Glasgow – over the West Coast Main Line the journey length was 7 hours 20 minutes. Few express passenger services continued to operate, The Waverley from London St Pancras to Edinburgh Waverley via Nottingham ended in 1968, while the Thames–Clyde Express from London to Glasgow Central via Leicester, lasted until 1975.
The Thames–Clyde Express was a named express passenger train operating on the Midland Main Line, Settle-Carlisle Railway and the Glasgow South Western Line between London St Pancras and Glasgow St Enoch.

Settle, North Yorkshire

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Stations serve towns such as Settle in North Yorkshire, Appleby-in-Westmorland in Cumbria and small rural communities along its route.
In 1875, the Settle to Carlisle Railway was built, opening to goods traffic in 1875 and to passengers the following year when Settle railway station opened along with a goods warehouse, cattle pens, signal box and water cranes.

Samuel Carter (Coventry MP)

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Surveying began in 1865, and in June 1866, Parliamentary approval was given to the Midland’s bill, for which Samuel Carter was solicitor.
Some of his last parliamentary contests enabled Midland to build its own routes into London to its new St Pancras station and to Scotland on its Settle-Carlisle Railway.

Midland Railway

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The Settle–Carlisle line (S&C) had its origins in railway politics; the expansion-minded Midland Railway company was locked in dispute with the rival London and North Western Railway (LNWR) over access rights to the latter’s tracks to Scotland.
In the 1870s a dispute with the London and North Western Railway (LNWR) over access rights to the LNWR line to Scotland caused the MR to construct the Settle and Carlisle line, the highest main line in England, to secure access to Scotland.

Leicester railway station

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Few express passenger services continued to operate, The Waverley from London St Pancras to Edinburgh Waverley via Nottingham ended in 1968, while the Thames–Clyde Express from London to Glasgow Central via Leicester, lasted until 1975.
Express trains to Leeds and Scotland such as the Thames-Clyde Express tended to use the Erewash Valley Line before proceeding on to the Settle and Carlisle Line.

Garsdale

The railway's summit at 1169 ft is at Ais Gill, north of Garsdale.
The other hamlet in Garsdale is Garsdale Head, also called Hawes Junction, the old name for Garsdale railway station, after the former Wensleydale branch on the Settle to Carlisle railway.

Appleby-in-Westmorland

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Stations serve towns such as Settle in North Yorkshire, Appleby-in-Westmorland in Cumbria and small rural communities along its route.
Appleby railway station on the Settle-Carlisle Line was opened by the Midland Railway in 1876.

Waverley (passenger train)

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Few express passenger services continued to operate, The Waverley from London St Pancras to Edinburgh Waverley via Nottingham ended in 1968, while the Thames–Clyde Express from London to Glasgow Central via Leicester, lasted until 1975.
The Waverley travelled by the scenic Settle–Carlisle route, but could not compete on speed to Scotland with the trains travelling on the East Coast Main Line via York.

Beeching cuts

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In the 1963, Beeching Report into the restructuring of British Rail recommended the withdrawal of all passenger services from the line.

Ingleton, North Yorkshire

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The Midland's access to Scotland was via the "Little North Western" route to Ingleton.
Six miles to the north east on Batty Moss is the Ribblehead Viaduct, a Grade II* listed structure on the Settle and Carlisle Line, and on the land underneath and around it, the scheduled remains of the construction camp and navvy settlements.

Joel Walker (sculptor)

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The commemorative sculpture, funded by public subscription, was made by sculptor Joel Walker and cast in bronze.
She was commissioned to make a statue of a dog for Garsdale railway station (Settle-Carlisle Railway).

Garsdale railway station

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In 2009 a statue of the border collie Ruswarp (pronounced Russup) was sited on the platform of the refurbished Garsdale railway station.
Adjoining the station are sixteen Railway Cottages built for its employees by the Midland Railway around 1876, the year the Settle-Carlisle Line opened.

Horton in Ribblesdale

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It is situated in Ribblesdale on the Settle–Carlisle Railway to the west of Pen-y-ghent.

Ingleton branch line

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The Ingleton branch line from Ingleton to Low Gill, where it joined the Lancaster and Carlisle Railway, was under the control of the rival LNWR.
This led to the Midland obtaining a bill in 1866 to construct the Settle–Carlisle Line, which would serve the same purpose.

Michael Portillo

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Michael Portillo, the Minister of State with responsibility for railways in the Thatcher government of the time (and who made the official announcement regarding the line in parliament) attended the celebrations.
Portillo has stated that he considers "saving the Settle to Carlisle railway" was his greatest achievement.

Aisgill

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The railway's summit at 1169 ft is at Ais Gill, north of Garsdale.
The Settle-Carlisle Railway reaches its highest point at "Aisgill Summit" 356 m; and there is a small viaduct where the line crosses Ais Gill beck.

Leeds–Morecambe line

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This was due to the controversial decision to reroute Nottingham–Glasgow trains away from the Settle–Carlisle line as part of BR's ongoing plan to close it.

Mallerstang

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A memorial stone was laid in 1997 in the churchyard of St Mary's Church, Mallerstang to commemorate the 25 railway builders and their families who died during the construction of this section of the line, and who were buried there in unmarked graves.
The most conspicuous structure in the dale is the Settle–Carlisle Railway, built between 1869 and 1876, and one of the last great engineering works in Britain to be built almost entirely by muscle power.

Yorkshire Dales

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The route, which crosses the remote, scenic regions of the Yorkshire Dales and the North Pennines, runs between Settle Junction, on the Leeds to Morecambe line, and, near the English-Scottish borders.
The 73 mile-long Settle–Carlisle line railway, operated by Network Rail, runs through the National Park using tunnels and viaducts, including Ribblehead.

Wensleydale Railway

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The line formerly ran from Northallerton to on the Settle-Carlisle Railway, but the track between Redmire and Garsdale has been lifted and several bridges and viaducts demolished.

Arriva Trains Northern

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The former regional franchisee Arriva Trains Northern initiated a twice daily Leeds–Glasgow Central service in 1999 (calling at Settle, Appleby, Carlisle, Lockerbie and Motherwell).
A daily Leeds to Glasgow Central via the Settle & Carlisle and West Coast Main Lines service was introduced in September 1999, the first time such a service had operated since 1982.