Full steam ahead for railway buffs
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.