SCRCA Project Team

This page provides a brief introduction to the small but dedicated team of people behind the SCRCA Project. All of these individuals are currently performing, or have previously performed, an active role in the project. To view or hide a brief introduction, click / tap on the contributor's name.


Team Member, Project Advisor, Contributor of images, Contributor of information, Contributor of memories

Tony was employed by British Rail as the Resident Engineer for many engineering projects on the Settle Carlisle Railway, including:

Team Member

Colin is a lifelong railway civil engineer and keen railway photographer. He has been a FoSCL member of since the early 1980s.

Team Member, Project Advisor, Contributor of images

Dave has been a FoSCL member for twelve years and is a geologist and biologist by degree. He was employed by the YDNPA for the duration of the Foot and Mouth crisis, providing advice and helping to manage the DEFRA restrictions. He has been a YDNPA Dales Volunteer for more than 20 years and was the YDNPA’s Volunteers Communication Co-ordinator and editor of the volunteers' newspaper "Waymarker" for 14 years. He coordinated the joint YDNPA / RSPB ‘Peregrine Watch’ programme at Malham for a while and still regularly carries-out YDNPA Monuments At Risk Surveys, Listed Buildings Surveys and Footpath Surveys. Dave is currently FoSCL's 'Volunteers Coordinator for Gardens & Stations' and plays an active role himself in general maintenance activities at the open stations between Settle and Carlisle.

Team Member, Contributor of images

Keith has a keen interest in all aspects of digital photography and has the skills and experience necessary to safely visit the more remote upland sections of the line to carry-out visual assessments and obtain photographs.

Database rights holder, Project Coordinator, Team Member, Project Advisor, Contributor of articles, Contributor of images, Contributor of information

Mark R. Harvey has a degree in Geography & Economics and more than thirty years of professional experience in project management, technical writing and systems design. He lead FoSCL guided walks from the Settle-Carlisle railway on a voluntary basis for more than 25 years. He has a passion for "photography with a purpose" and also has a lifelong interest in the history and operation of Britain's railways generally and of the Midland Railway Company's main line in particular.

Mark designed and developed the SCRCA Project database and, in partnership with Nigel Mussett, compiled the Draft Structure List that identified the scale and defined the scope of the SCRCA Project. (The Draft Structure List became the Master Structure List which evolved into the Gazetteer.) For additional biographical information, please refer to: https://www.york-illustrated.co.uk/about

If you have any questions or comments about the SCRCA Project, you can contact Mark directly via the SCRCA Project Contact Form.

Team Member

Martin worked for British Rail as an apprentice driver for a short period before going to Newcastle University to study Land Surveying. He then spent four years surveying a wide range of sites (including the Vindolanda Roman Fort and power lines in the Middle East) before transferring to a global career in the airline industry.  Martin has recently agreed to make a start on reviewing the cab-view video footage shot in 1992 during the formation of the SCRCA. If video-stills can be extracted from this footage, they can be compared with the stills from the 2012 cab-view footage, which will highlight the extent and nature of the changes that have occurred during the first twenty years of the SCRCA's existence.

Team Member, Project Advisor, Contributor of images, Contributor of information

Nigel Mussett is a long-standing FoSCL member whose active involvement with the Settle-Carlisle railway spans almost 40 years. He has researched and written about the line’s construction, published a guide to Settle-Carlisle Railway resources, and has recently revamped the Settle-Carlisle Railway exhibition at Settle’s Museum of North Craven Life. Nigel has amassed a large collection of information and images relating to the Settle-Carlisle Railway and its history. He is a retired biologist and was FoSCL’s Archivist until a move away from the area made this (and further active involvement with the SCRCA Project) impractical. In partnership with Mark Harvey, Nigel compiled the Draft Structure List that identified the scale and defined the scope of the SCRCA Project.

Team Member, Contributor of images

After serving an apprenticeship, Paul qualified as a Mechanical Engineer and spent all his working life in the power supply industry, starting as a draughtsman and finishing as a Project Engineer. Paul is a keen and competent photographer with a lifetime's experience of all aspects of both film and more recently digital photography.  He also enjoys walking, particularly in remote areas. Paul first visited the S & C at Garsdale a few weeks after the Hawes branch closed, and he's had a keen interest in the line since then.

Team Member

Ray kindly uploaded a significant proportion of the 1,402 'stills' extracted from the cab-view video footage shot by Creative Imagineers Ltd in 2012.

Team Member, Project Advisor, Contributor of formal descriptions, Contributor of images

Richard qualified as an architect and spent his career mostly in the railway industry and later worked for 8 years at the Railway Heritage Trust.  He is a member of (and former volunteer caseworker for) the Victorian Society and has many contacts in the railway and heritage sectors.

Team Member, Project Advisor

Ruth Evans is a long-standing member of the FoSCL Committee and over the years she has had multiple roles within the FoSCL organisation including Guided Walks Coordinator, Events Co-ordinator, Health & Safety Officer and Volunteers Coordinator. She has been a YDNPA Dales Volunteer for more than 35 years and regularly carries-out Monuments At Risk Surveys, Listed Buildings Surveys, Footpath Surveys and other voluntary activities for the YDNPA.

Team Member, Project Advisor, Contributor of articles, Contributor of images, Contributor of information

Bill has a degree in geology, is a retired teacher / lecturer and is active in geological conservation in West Yorkshire. He is a member of both the Leeds and Yorkshire Geological Societies and has been leading geology themed walks for FoSCL for more than twenty years. He has kindly agreed to research the types of stone used in the construction of some of the key buildings and structures along the line and, where possible, to locate (and photograph) their sources.