“I suppose every photographer has a vision of his ideal picture…so far, I haven’t got it and I don’t suppose I ever shall. I am aiming for something more than a picture – perhaps it is that I am wanting to do with my camera what I could only do with a box of water colours. It is I think, to catch that indefinable spell of the railway: to make visual something that can only be felt. Whatever it is I suppose I shall search for it all my life.”
Eric Treacy ‘Steam up’ 1947

Welcome to my new Settle to Carlisle Railway Gallery.

The Settle to Carlisle railway is truly a wonder of Victorian engineering. The Pennine route was once described by Eric Treacy, the greatest of all S&C photographers, as one of the 3 man-made marvels in the north of England along with York Minster and Hadrian's Wall.

This on-line gallery is my own personal tribute to the skills and the endeavour of the men who constructed the line, those individuals and groups who fought so hard to keep the line open, and to those men and women who operate and maintain the line currently.

The location galleries are listed in geographical order from north to south, starting at Carlisle and finishing around Hellifield.

I often get messages asking about my equipment and processing. I use an old, but reliable, Nikon D50 with a selection of lenses, the most frequently used being a Nikon DX 18-55mm f3.5, and an old Nikon 70-210mm f4. None of the pictures that appear on my site are digitally altered in any way. For me the enjoyment is being out at the lineside not sat at the laptop.

I hope you enjoy browsing and your feedback and comments are most welcome, the best way to leave a comment is in one of two ways, either through the contact tab or publically in the guestbook tab.

John Longden



John Longden's gallery contains 1361 photos.
15.12.05 60054 6E13 Kirkby Thore - Milford, Birkett Common

Location Galleries

Latest shots
(Contains 125 photos)
My recent efforts displayed here before being transfered into the appropriate location file.
Carlisle
(Contains 1 photo)
Durran Hill
(Contains 2 photos)
Cotehill
(Contains 2 photos)
Horrock's Crossing
(Contains 2 photos)
Armathwaite north
(Contains 1 photo)
Armathwaite Mill Brow
(Contains 1 photo)
Armathwaite
(Contains 11 photos)
Baron Wood
(Contains 1 photo)
Eden Lacy House
(Contains 2 photos)
Eden Lacy Viaduct
(Contains 2 photos)
Langwathby
(Contains 3 photos)
High Barn Farm
(Contains 2 photos)
Greenlands Farm
(Contains 5 photos)
Staingills Farm
(Contains 7 photos)
Culgaith
(Contains 1 photo)
Newbiggin
(Contains 17 photos)
Newbiggin Station
(Contains 2 photos)
Black Leases Farm
(Contains 3 photos)
Kirkby Thore
(Contains 3 photos)
Town End Farm
(Contains 14 photos)
Keld
(Contains 9 photos)
Appleby north
(Contains 2 photos)
Appleby
(Contains 16 photos)
Appleby - Causey Brow
(Contains 5 photos)
Ormside
(Contains 14 photos)
Breaks Hall
(Contains 4 photos)
Griseburn
(Contains 7 photos)
Stockber
(Contains 10 photos)
Gallansay
(Contains 10 photos)
Soulby Road Bridge
(Contains 5 photos)
Crosby Garret
(Contains 19 photos)
Crosby Garret Tunnel
(Contains 2 photos)
Smardale viaduct
(Contains 14 photos)
Smardale
(Contains 43 photos)
Waitby
(Contains 17 photos)
Waitby Common
(Contains 14 photos)
Quarry Cutting
(Contains 2 photos)
Kirkby Stephen
(Contains 6 photos)
Bull Gill
(Contains 12 photos)
Greengates
(Contains 40 photos)
Birkett Common (northbound)
(Contains 8 photos)
Birkett Common (southbound)
(Contains 23 photos)
Birkett Tunnel
(Contains 1 photo)
Low Frith
(Contains 10 photos)
Lock Hill
(Contains 5 photos)
Hall Hill
(Contains 1 photo)
Carr Bridge (Mallerstang)
(Contains 2 photos)
Angerholme
(Contains 21 photos)
Milepost 261 (Angerholme, Mallerstang)
(Contains 2 photos)
Ais Gill - Viaduct
(Contains 9 photos)
Ais Gill - Sunny Brow
(Contains 9 photos)
Ais Gill (road bridge northbound)
(Contains 8 photos)
Ais Gill (road bridge southbound)
(Contains 28 photos)
Ais Gill - Milepost 260
(Contains 31 photos)
Ais Gill - Summit
(Contains 18 photos)
White Birch Cottage
(Contains 3 photos)
(Pete) Shaw Paddock
(Contains 9 photos)
Shotlock Hill
(Contains 7 photos)
Quarry Farm
(Contains 2 photos)
Lunds - Northbound
(Contains 16 photos)
Lunds - Southbound
(Contains 13 photos)
Dandry Mire
(Contains 13 photos)
Garsdale - 'Chicken Shed'
(Contains 6 photos)
Garsdale
(Contains 15 photos)
Garsdale - South
(Contains 7 photos)
Garsdale Troughs
(Contains 24 photos)
Rise Hill Tunnel North
(Contains 7 photos)
Rise Hill Tunnel South
(Contains 6 photos)
Dentdale
(Contains 13 photos)
Arten Gill
(Contains 17 photos)
Dent Head
(Contains 11 photos)
Blea Moor Tunnel
(Contains 6 photos)
Blea Moor
(Contains 8 photos)
Ribblehead Viaduct
(Contains 3 photos)
Ribblehead
(Contains 27 photos)
Salt Lake Cottages
(Contains 10 photos)
Around Selside
(Contains 7 photos)
Horton
(Contains 4 photos)
Arcow branch
(Contains 3 photos)
Helwith Bridge
(Contains 4 photos)
Stainforth
(Contains 3 photos)
Settle
(Contains 2 photos)
Settle Junction
(Contains 2 photos)
Tommy Hall's Barn
(Contains 3 photos)
Long Preston
(Contains 8 photos)
Hellifield
(Contains 2 photos)
Goosemere Height
(Contains 3 photos)
Newsholme
(Contains 1 photo)
Cumbrian Coast
(Contains 71 photos)
Tyne Valley
(Contains 17 photos)
Teesside
(Contains 10 photos)
West Coast Main Line
(Contains 291 photos)
Photos in order of geographical location from north to south.
East Coast Main Line
(Contains 23 photos)
Elsewhere on the network
(Contains 35 photos)
The Tom Pickles Collection
(Contains 15 photos)
A few of the very best from the collection of fellow photographer and old school mate Tom Pickles. In anticipation of his own site one day!