The Stations on the Carlisle to Settle Railway

Kirkby Stephen Station. .
Kirkby Stephen Station

All the stations on the Settle-Carlisle except Culgaith were designed by John Holloway Sanders, and is of the style known as ‘Derby Gothic’. This was a Midland Railway house style used at various places on their network.


The Midland Railway Company required its buildings to be made of the best quality materials, local sandstone, best Welsh slate, and massive oak roof trusses. The buildings have slate and pitch dampcourses – dampcourses were very rare at that time.


There were three styles of building –

  • Type A – the largest – (Appleby, Kirkby Stephen and Settle).
  • Type B was the middle size with wings either side of a single main building, for example Langwathby.
  • Type C were the smallest. These have only a wing at one side. (Ribblehead and Horton-in-Ribblesdale).



The other side of the track housed a stone waiting shelter in traditional Midland style (Lazonby pictured below).

Carlisle Railway Station

The stations :

Kirkby Stephen
The last three stations are in North Yorkshire:
Also in North Yorkshire a few miles beyond Settle :


Settle Station.
Settle Station

Ribblehead Station.
Ribblehead Station

Typical Station Master's house on the Carlisle to Settle Railway.
Typical Station Master’s house on the Carlisle to Settle Railway (Lazonby)

Typical railway workers' cottages on the Carlisle to Settle Railway.
Typical railway workers’ cottages on the Carlisle to Settle Railway (Lazonby)


For historical information about the station designs, see :

Station Photos by Julian Thurgood and Jan Fialkowski:

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