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Written by Mark Bearton - 04 Nov 2004
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Location notes
Settle is a small town on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales and Settle Junction is where the southerly end of the Settle and Carlisle line joins the 'Little North Western' from Carnforth.
Railway type and traffic
The Settle and Carlisle is a relatively busy route with a two-hourly local service operated by class 156 units interspersed with freight trains, largely Coal trains from Ayrshire to Yorkshire. The route from Carnforth rarely sees freight and has a sparse passenger service usually operated by class 142 or 144 pacers.
The location is next to the main A65 road but can be fairly exposed and cold especially in the winter.
Road directions
The main A65 Skipton to Kendal trunk road passes the location about 3 miles south of Settle. After passing from the south through Long Preston village the road runs next to the railway and after passing the signal box there is a small farm track on the left leading to a bridge.

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Formerly opposite the farm track is a driveway leading to a house. There is room for one car to park by the gate.
Sadly due to a dispute with the local landowner this parking place is no longer available. There is a layby opposite the enterance to the signal box car park about 5 minutes walk away. But be wary as the A65 is a fast and busy road.
Public transport
The nearest railway stations are Long Preston and Giggleswick both of which would be a 30-40 minute walk. There is a bus service provided by Pennine between Skipton and Settle which passes along the road at least hourly.

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Settle Junction

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Photographic notes
The light is best here in the early afternoon for trains heading from Carlisle/Carnforth though morning shots are also possible particularly off the Carnforth branch. On a duller day or late afternoon shots can be taken of trains heading north with the signal box and junction in view.

General views - All photographs © Mark Bearton unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking north

Fig 1 - Looking north

A working from the Carlisle line

Fig 2 - Looking north

Fig 2 - Looking north

A working from Carnforth

Fig 3 - Looking east

Fig 3 - Looking east

Looking towards the junction

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