BELLS AND WHIS­TLES FOR S&C ‘SCOTSMAN’ OPEN­ING

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Church bells rang out for Fly­ing Scotsman’s Set­tle‑Carlisle line re­open­ing special on March 31 ‑ just as they had for the line’s orig­i­nal com­ple­tion in the 1870s. The Na­tional Col­lec­tion ‘A3’ hauled a com­mem­o­ra­tive train from Ox­en­hope to Carlisle, and re­turn, to mark the com­ple­tion of Net­work Rail’s £23 mil­lion re­pair project, fol­low­ing the ½‑mil­lion ton land­slip at Eden Brows. The former Mid­land Rail­way main line had been shut as a through route since Fe­bru­ary 2016. Eden Brows now has a new 500ft con­crete deck car­ry­ing the rail­way, sup­ported on pil­ing. The special train, which was pro­moted by the Keigh­ley and Worth Val­ley Rail­way, was com­pletely sold out. The ac­tual ‘first train’ was the more pro­saic 5.50am North­ern ser­vice from Carlisle to Leeds. Re­open­ing of the S&C came six weeks af­ter the ground­break­ing ‘I LOVE S&C’ ‘Plan­dampf’ held over Fe­bru­ary half term (SR464).

STEAM RAIL­WAY

open! Fly­ing Scotsman’s special rolls along the re­built sec­tion of the s&C, at eden brows on March 31.

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