The following contemporary account relating to the planned construction of the Settle - Carlisle railway appeared on page 5 (column 5) of the August 11th, 1866 edition of the Lancaster Guardian.
THE SETTLE TO CARLISLE BILL
Among the railway bills which received the royal assent last week was one of great importance to the commercial community in Scotland and in the North of England. This was a bill to enable the Midland Railway Company to construct a new and independent railway route from Settle to Carlisle, and so open out another through line of intercommunication between England and Scotland. The new line, starting at Settle, passes by Kirkby Stephen, and enters the beautiful Vale of the Eden, and by way of Kirkoswald, Nunnery, Armathwaite, proceeds to Scotby on the Newcastle and Carlisle section of the North Eastern Railway, near to which place a junction is made and access obtained to Carlisle Citadel Station by virtue of running powers.
The text quoted above was manually transcribed from a microfiched copy of the newspaper by Mark R. Harvey during a visit to Lancaster Library on July 10th, 2007.