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“We are de­lighted that North­ern’s faith in a steam lo­co­mo­tive to power some of our timetabled pas­sen­ger trains was not mis­placed. We set out to pro­vide some­thing re­ally unique to say thank you to the com­mu­ni­ties up and down the line for their pa­tience while the line has been closed, and I think that we de­liv­ered our ob­jec­tive ex­cep­tion­ally well. “It’s still early days, but we’re greatly en­cour­aged by the over­whelm­ingly pos­i­tive re­ac­tion to the ‘I LOVE S&C’ ser­vices and al­though I’m keen to stress that we’re not look­ing any fur­ther than Fe­bru­ary 16 at this stage, the op­er­a­tion of sim­i­lar trains in fu­ture should not be ruled out.”

Graeme Bunker, A1 Steam Lo­co­mo­tive Trust

“We’re very happy. I’m re­ally pleased that it’s been such a suc­cess­ful first day for all the part­ners con­cerned, and to see so many peo­ple en­joy­ing it. “This is very dif­fer­ent to any­thing we’ve done be­fore. Not ev­ery­one can af­ford main line steam, but at nor­mal fares it’s to­tally ac­ces­si­ble. “What’s great is the way it’s put this rail­way back on the map - na­tional news has spent five days on this. In terms of tra­di­tional me­dia it’s gone big; Twit­ter has ex­ploded! “We’re less than half­way, but steam has not em­bar­rassed it­self to­day, and it’s done a proper job for the real rail­way. The sheer amount of sup­port from ev­ery­one has been phe­nom­e­nal, and we’re re­ally proud to be part of that.”

Richard Corser, DB Cargo

“We were de­lighted to col­lab­o­rate with our in­dus­try col­leagues on these mo­men­tous ser­vices

cel­e­brat­ing the restora­tion of the Set­tle-Carlisle line fol­low­ing last year’s land­slip. “It is poignant that the last rail­way in Bri­tain to be built by pick and shovel has now been re­stored through a sig­nif­i­cant project us­ing mod­ern en­gi­neer­ing prac­tices. “The steam ser­vices in Fe­bru­ary paid trib­ute to the line’s his­tory and fu­ture and we were pleased to pro­vide a highly ex­pe­ri­enced train crew for [No.] 60163 Tor­nado, with a com­bined ex­pe­ri­ence of ap­prox­i­mately 80 years’ work­ing on steam lo­co­mo­tives.”

Nigel Har­ris, RAIL

“The ‘I LOVE S&C’ ‘Plandampf’ worked far bet­ter than any of those in­volved dreamed. It was a mag­nif­i­cent ef­fort which brought joy to thou­sands of pas­sen­gers. “But it was so much more. It showed how ground-level man­age­rial in­te­gra­tion can have spec­tac­u­lar re­sults. “It gave lots of peo­ple lots of rea­sons to love the rail­way, and that’s worth think­ing very se­ri­ously about. Be­cause love it they did. “What can we do next?!”

Nick Bro­drick, Steam Rail­way

“‘Plandampf’ is well and truly on the na­tional radar. Main line steam can now look to more col­lab­o­ra­tions with the mod­ern rail in­dus­try to en­sure that the ‘I LOVE S&C’ timetabled trains weren’t the last of their kind. “The A1 Trust has tied its colours to the mast by declar­ing that the ‘Plandampf’ con­cept can be taken na­tion­wide. Steam Rail­way, which first be­came con­vinced of the idea long ago, is fully sup­port­ive of mak­ing such ven­tures hap­pen again.”

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