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5,500 ride steam train's first 3 days in 50 years

Northern Railway says 5,500 people travelled on its special steam train. Credit: PA

Northern Railway says 5,500 people travelled on its special steam train service over the three days it was in operation.

It was the first steam train to run on a scheduled main line in Britain for almost half a century.

The locomotive ran on the Carlisle to Settle line between Appleby and Skipton.

“It was great to see so many customers entering into the spirit of the celebration. To be able to bring Tornado to such an iconic and visually stunning line, as a way of saying thank you, was a genuine pleasure. Running a 21st Century timetabled steam service is unprecedented in England and though there were challenges along the way, there is no doubt that Tornado’s visit was a remarkable success.”

– Paul Barnfield, Regional Director at Northern

“There must be lessons here about the demand for steam, scenery and rail travel in general."

– Douglas Hodgins, Friends of Settle and Carlisle Line Chairman

Part of the route suffered after the floods of December 2015. It was hoped this service would boost tourism near affected communities.

“To see the many thousands who travelled and many thousands more enjoying the event at the line side made the endeavour very worthwhile and delivered a welcome boost to the local community and small businesses after recent challenges."

– Graeme Bunker, Operations Director for the A1 Steam Locomotive Trust

One dead after Borders crash

Police tape (library picture) Credit: ITV Border

A three-vehicle crash on the A1 at Burnmouth near Eyemouth has left one person dead.

The accident happened around 12.40am on Saturday 18 February and involved an HGV and two cars.

Police say a male occupant of one of the cars died at the scene.

The A1 was closed in both directions between Berwick-upon-Tweed and Grantshouse while investigations were carried out.


Brown water reportedly flowing from Carlisle taps

The company is offering advice. Credit: John Stillwell/PA Archive/PA Images

Brown water has been flowing from taps in homes in the CA3 area of Carlisle.

United Utilities says it's received a number of calls from concerned residents, who have noticed discoloured water.

The company says it is because of a disturbance to the pipes in the area.

These pipes have naturally occurring sediments and minerals at the bottom, which can get disturbed from time to time.

We know it doesn’t look nice but don’t worry, it’s unlikely to be harmful and will settle down again with time. You can help with this by letting your cold water tap run at a slight trickle until your water runs crystal clear again.

In the meantime we have one of our inspectors keeping an eye on this to make sure it settles back down again soon. We’re sorry if this has affected you getting on with your everyday jobs.

– United Utilities

Car seen driving wrong way down M74 motorway

Police are appealing for witnesses. Credit: PA

Police are appealing for witnesses, after a car was reportedly spotted heading northbound on the southbound carriageway of the M74 in Dumfries and Galloway.

The incident happened at around 10:40pm on Thursday 16 February, near to Ecclefechan.

Several concerned people made 999 calls to report the incident to Police Scotland.

They're urging anyone else with information to contact them on 101.

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