Reference sources - 5: General

Repositories of original material (primary sources)

Online resources

  • "The Derby Registers": The National Railway Museum holds a list official photographs taken by Midland Railway, LMS and BR photographers. Approximately 13,000 of these cover the territory of the former Midland Railway and these entries in the register are currently being computerised by members the Midland Railway Society. Progress to date can be checked at: http://www.midlandrailway.org.uk/derby-registers/negl.html
    The images themselves are not being digitised at this stage. Prints / negatives are in the care of the National Railway Museum, although some of those listed in the 'Derby Registers' have been lost or damaged.
  • "Midland Railway Mile Posts": An essay by John Gough (chairman of the Midland Railway Society, author of "The Midland Railway : a chronology" and many other works). A copy of this occassional paper can be downloaded from: http://www.midlandrailway.org.uk/occasional-papers/midland-mile-posts
  • High-resolution map of the Midland Railway's System in 1922: A copy of this, scanned by the Midland Railway Society from the Midland Railway Company's Annual Report and Accounts for 1922, can be downloaded from: http://www.midlandrailway.org.uk/maps/system-map.htmlhttp://www.midlandrailway.org.uk/maps/system-map.html.
  • Copyright-expired publications: Digitised versions of the following copyright-expired publications are available for download in various formats including pdf and Kindle. (Note: The download options are located in the box entitled "View the book", which is located in the left-hand column of the webpage.)
    • Williams, Frederick Smeeton
      "The Midland railway: its rise and progress. A narrative of modern enterprise"
      Published by Strahan & Co London in 1876
      726 pages (including covers)
      Link: http://www.archive.org/details/midlandrailwayit00will
      NB: The pdf version is 42Mb, so the download may take a while, even if using a fast broadband connection.
    • Stretton, Clement Edwin
      "The history of the Midland railway"
      Published by Methuen & co, London in 1901
      This has a chapter on the Settle-Carlisle Line which starts on page 209.
      Link: http://www.archive.org/details/historyofmidland00strerich
    • Thomson, J. Radford
      "Guide to the district of Craven and the Settle and Carlisle Railway, with illustrations"
      Published in London by Simpkin, Marshall, & Co.; and F. Warne & Co.;
      and in Settle by H. Gore (1879)
      The chapter on the Settle-Carlisle line is Ch 10 which starts on page 79.
      Link: http://www.archive.org/details/guidetodistricto00thomiala

Books

Hundreds of books and articles about the Settle-Carlisle Railway have been published over the decades. The following have been identified as being particularly useful as they contain significant quantities of original, well-researched material (i.e. text, plans, historic photographs, etc). Many of the books listed below are out of print, although they do occassionally appear on the second-hand market. Some of those that are still in print may be available from FoSCL's online shop: for a list of the titles currently in stock, see:
https://www.foscl.org.uk/shop/catalog/books

  • Baughan, Peter E.: “North of Leeds: the Leeds-Settle-Carlisle line and its branches”, Roundhouse Books (1966 ), reprinted by David & Charles (1987).
  • Binns, Donald: "Historic Railway Photographs - Vol 1. Around Hellifield. Settle-Junction - Long Preston - Hellifield - Bell Busk." Trackside Publications (1999).
  • Butt, R.V.J: "The Directory of Railway Stations/Details every public and private passenger station, halt, platform and stopping place, past and present", Patrick Stephens Ltd. (1995).
  • Gough, John: "The Midland Railway - A Chronology", The Railway and Canal Historical Society, 2nd edition (1989).
  • Houghton, Frederick W. and Foster, W. Hubert: "The story of the Settle-Carlisle Line", The Advertiser Press Ltd (first published 1948, second edition 1965).
  • Johnson, David: “Ingleborough Landscape and History”, Carnegie (2008)
  • Johnson, David: “Limestone industries of the Yorkshire Dales”, Tempus Publishing Ltd (2002)
  • Joy, David. & Mitchell, W.R.: "Settle-Carlisle Centenary", Dalesman (1975).
  • Midland Railway, The: "Settle & Carlisle Land Plan", The Midland Railway, Derby (1911). [Note: these plans include the position of both the original mileposts (measured from Settle Junction), and those installed during the 1914 re-mileaging exercise (measured from London St Pancras) - the latter still being in-situ today].
  • Jenkinson, David: “Rails in the Fells”, Peco Publications and Publicity Ltd (1973 revised 1980).
  • Johnson, David: “Ingleborough Landscape and History”, Carnegie (2008)
  • Johnson, David: “Limestone industries of the Yorkshire Dales”, Tempus Publishing Ltd (2002)
  • Joy, David. & Mitchell, W.R.: "Settle-Carlisle Centenary", Dalesman (1975).
  • Midland Railway, The: "Settle & Carlisle Land Plan", The Midland Railway, Derby (1911). [Note: these plans include the position of both the original mileposts (measured from Settle Junction), and those installed during the 1914 re-mileaging exercise (measured from London St Pancras) - the latter still being in-situ today].
  • Mitchell, W.R.: "Dent: The Highest Mainline Station in England", Castleberg (1995).
  • Mitchell, W.R.: "Garsdale. History and traditions of a junction station (on the Settle-Carlisle Railway)", Castleberg (1999).
  • Mitchell, W R: “Ribblehead: The story of the great viaduct on the Settle-Carlisle line”, Kingfisher Productions (2015).
  • Mitchell, W.R: “The men who made the Settle-Carlisle”, Castleberg (1993).
  • Mitchell, W.R. & Fox, P: "Garsdale and Aisgill on the Settle-Carlisle Railway", Castleberg (1991).
  • Mitchell, W R & Fox, Peter: Settle and the Railway Castleberg (1991)
  • Mitchell, W.R. & Joy, D.: "Settle to Carlisle. A railway over the Pennines.", Dalesman Books (1989).
  • Mitchell, W R & Joy, David: “Settle-Carlisle Railway - The Midland's Record-breaking route to Scotland” Dalesman (1966 & 1967).
  • Mussett, Nigel: "Settle-Carlisle Railway Resources Handbook, illustrated", Kirkdale Publications (2011).
  • Toothill, David & Armstrong, Marion: "The Settle Carlisle Railway - A Guide to Your Journey" Settle & Carlisle Railway Development Company (2009).
  • White, Robert: “The Yorkshire Dales: A landscape through time”, Great Northern Books (2002)

Maps

The following printed (copyright-protected) Ordnance Survey Maps include sections of the SCRCA:

  • 1:25,000 scale Outdoor Leisure and Explorer Series:
    • Sheet OL 2: Yorkshire Dales – Southern & Western Areas
    • Sheet OL 5: The English Lakes – North Eastern Area
    • Sheet OL 19: Howgill Fells and Upper Eden Valley
    • Sheet 315: Carlisle
  • 1:50:000 scale Landranger Series:
    • Sheet 85: Carlisle and Solway
    • Sheet 90: Penrith and Keswick
    • Sheet 91: Appleby-In-Westmorland Area
    • Sheet 98: Wensleydale and Upper Wharfedale

Copies of the current editions can be purchased from bookshops and other retailers.

Land Plans

The SCRCA Project Team currently has access to two sets of printed (copyright-protected) land plans, which cover most of the SCRCA.

  • 1911 land plan set: "Midland Railway Settle & Carlisle Line Landplan" surveyed in 1911 and originally reproduced at a scale of two chains to one inch. The set being used for the SCRCA Project consists of 106 sheets (97 sheets covering the main Settle to Carlisle line and an additional 8 sheets covering the Hawes branch plus a title page). It takes the form of paper sheets that have been reprinted at some point from microfiched originals. The scale of each sheet therefore varies slightly and some of the finer detail can be difficult or impossible to read. The full set has been digitised by photographing it with a digital camera, although the digitised version suffers from a further reduction in legibility plus additional variations in scale. The latter include scale variations from sheet to sheet (due to slight differences in camera positioning) plus scale variations within each single sheet (due to slight fish-eye type distortions caused by the use of a wide-angle lens). The paper version of this set was donated to - and forms part of - the Friends of the Settle-Carlisle Line (FoSCL) archive. The digitised version is NOT available to the general public.
  • 1912 land plan set: "Midland Railway Settle & Carlisle Line Landplan" surveyed in 1911 and originally reproduced at a scale of two chains to one inch. The set being used for the SCRCA Project consists of 97 sheets covering the main Settle to Carlisle line plus a title page. It is a professionally digitised version of the original paper documents held in the Roy F Burrows Midland Collection and it was kindly supplied to the SCRCA Project Team in pdf format by Roy Burrows himself on the condition that it is used only for reference purposes to assist with the SCRCA Project. Copyright remains with the Roy F Burrows Midland Collection Trust (www.rfbmidlandtrust.org.uk).

Videos

Cab-view video footage

The SCRCA Project Team has been granted permission to review - and to use a reasonable number of stills from - the following commercially available video publications:

  • "A Driver's Eye View of the Settle and Carlisle Railway" (Video 125 Ltd, 1984).
  • "Settle and Carlisle Driver's Eye View / Bird's Eye View" (Video 125 Ltd, 2002).
  • "A Journey on the Settle-Carlisle Railway" (Creative Imagineers Ltd, 2012).

The SCRCA Project Team has been also been granted permission to review - and to use a reasonable number of stills from - the following video material that is NOT commercially available:

  • Cab-view footage filmed from the rear and front cabs of a specially chartered Pacer on 30th April and 1st May 1992 as part of the preparations for the creation of the Settle-Carlisle Railway Conservation Area.
  • Northern Trains Driver Training Video - Settle-Carlisle-Settle (Northern Trains, 2010).

The following video publications are also commercially available:

  • "The Long Short Drag" (Locomaster Profiles, 2005).
  • "The Settle-Carlisle Railway from the Air" (Railfilms Ltd, 2007).
  • "Cab Rides around the British Isle: No. 28 - Skipton to Carlisle" (Railway Recollections, 2007).
  • "Tele Rail In The cab: Volume 5 Settle to Carlisle" (Tele Rail / North West Video Productions, 2010).

Other video sources

The following form part of the British Film Institute's 'National Archive' collection and are available for online viewing free of charge:

Societies and other organisations

The following offer a wide-range of relevant online and offline resources

Series Links

The list of potentially useful / interesting reference sources is now far too long for a single page, so it has been split into five separate pages - one for each of the following sections:

  1. Building the line
  2. Operating the line
  3. Historic Structures
  4. Conservation & Archaeology
  5. General Reference

 The links above will enable you to jump directly to the relevant section.

Acknowledgments

This list of reference sources was compiled by Mark R. Harvey. (© Mark R. Harvey, all rights reserved.)