Settle - Carlisle Railway

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England's most scenic line Aug 28, 2010
The claim made on the website to be England's most scenic railway depends a bit on definition. For a start, rather than this imposing claim, it should perhaps say 'The most scenic part of the national rail network in England.' Some of the preserved railways could compete! Then it depends how long a stretch has to be to qualify for the competition. It would be hard to beat a stretch of the old Great Western Railway near the coast of Devon - and there are others. If we take this into account the statement of the claim might start to resemble a book!

Anyway the Settle - Carlisle Railway is very fine. personally I would not count the part nearer to carlisle as being outstanding but this leaves the remarkable stretch through the Yorkshire Dales, over most inhospitable moorland. I would recommend the stretch from Settle to Appleby to anybody.

It's just as well that it is impressive. When it was built in the 1870s 6000 men worked on it and many died, some from accidents, some from outbreaks of diseases. It needs a look at the website - click on history - to understand the route - with stations some way from the villages whose names they bare. I think the most impressive features are probably the huge viaducts that carry it over some particularly inhospitable stretches.

A couple of attempts to close the line met fierce resistance - not just local either - and now a very large sum of money has been spent on it.
Ribbleshead Viaduct
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