Tales of the Settle & Carlisle Railway DVD




Stories from railwaymen and historians about the Settle to Carlisle Railway.

The famous Settle-Carlisle Railway is well-known for its beautiful surroundings and structures such as viaducts, stations and tunnels, but just as important to the history of the line, are the personalities involved with it.

Hundreds of railwaymen and women have been involved in the operation of this great railway since the 1870s.

This dvd programme has been developed from the video archives filmed by local author and historian Mr W.R. Mitchell from Giggleswick.

Bill recorded many interviews in the 1980s with ex-drivers, signalmen, permanent way workers and others who had many stories to tell.

Two signalmen, who are sadly no longer with us, share some of their funniest stories and give an insight into how the line was operated in the days of steam.

One recalls the period when women operated the signals at Selside.

We hear how the staff coped with the bad winters of 1947 and 1963 when the line was closed for several weeks due to drifting snow.

Ribblehead viaduct’s exposed location also caused a number of problems for trains crossing it in high winds and made the signalman’s journey to work at Blea Moor signal box very difficult indeed.

Approx. 53 minutes.

This dvd is being sold on behalf of and with full permission of the copyright owner – Kingfisher Productions.