BELLS AND WHISTLES FOR S&C ‘SCOTSMAN’ OPENING
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).
open! Flying Scotsman’s special rolls along the rebuilt section of the s&C, at eden brows on March 31.