Full steam ahead for rail­way buffs

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A STEAM train has hauled pas­sen­gers on a main line ser­vice for the first time in al­most half a cen­tury.

Thou­sands of rail fans turned out to watch the Pep­per­corn class A1 steam lo­co­mo­tive Tor­nado be­gin the first of three days of pulling the reg­u­lar ser­vice be­tween Ap­pleby, Cum­bria, and Skip­ton, North Yorks, along the Set­tle to Carlisle line.

The train left Ap­pleby Sta­tion at 8.25am yes­ter­day and thun­dered through the York­shire Dales, in­clud­ing a pass over the Rib­ble­head Viaduct – a mecca for steam engine and rail­way pho­tog­ra­phy en­thu­si­asts.

The ini­tia­tive, or­gan­ised by North­ern Rail, Net­work Rail and the Friends of Set­tle and Carlisle, runs un­til Thurs­day, with two re­turn jour­neys avail­able each day.

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