About Us

This website is managed by the Settle-Carlisle Railway Development Company Ltd (SCRDC). 

The Settle-Carlisle Railway Development Company was set up in 1992 as a not-for-profit limited company in response to the call from the Transport Secretary for all political parties to work together following the highly documented reprieve of the Settle to Carlisle rail line in 1989.

We work in partnership with the rail industry, local businesses, community groups and organisations to encourage socio-economic engagement along the world-renowned Leeds-Settle-Carlisle railway.  As station adopter of both Settle and Appleby stations, we also work closely with a group of dedicated volunteers to maintain the upkeep of the station’s gardens.

Through our Station Improvement Group we work in collaboration with Northern, Network Rail and the Friends of the Settle-Carlisle Line to deliver a variety of station improvements and restoration projects that enhance the user experience and preserve the lines heritage.

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Community Rail Network member logo.In 2020, we were successfully accredited as the Settle-Carlisle Railway Community Rail Partnership (CRP).  The accreditation, certified by the Department for Transport (DfT), is awarded in recognition of the community centred projects and services we provide across the Yorkshire Dales and Cumbria.

To learn about our work within the local and regional community, visit the Community Rail section of our website here.

For more information about Community Rail Network, click here.


We provide a range of services and products that benefit locals and visitors to the Yorkshire Dales and Cumbria.

We are contracted by Northern, the train operating company (TOC), to provide promotion and marketing of the rail lines timetabled services (including the Leeds-Lancaster/Morecambe railway), management of the Dales Railcard for local residents, organisation of group travel, provision of station staff at Settle and Appleby and operation of the on-board refreshment trolley service.

To find out more information about the train operating company, Northern, click here.


We’re not alone in our passion for the Settle to Carlisle railway.

Working alongside us are The Friends of the Settle-Carlisle Line and the Settle & Carlisle Railway Trust.

Friends of the Settle-Carlisle Line, logo.The Settle-Carlisle Railway Trust logo.


Contact us

We’d love to hear from you!  Whether you need help with planning your journey, organising your groups day out on the rail line, or perhaps it’s something more specific- we’re happy to help.  To get in touch with us, click here.

For PR & Media enquires, please click here.


Design, digital artwork and illustration created by Bulb Creative Studio.

Photography courtesy of Stuart Petch.