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Settle to Carlisle campaigners celebrate 25 years on

It's one of the World's Greatest Railway Journeys - and it was the line that refused to die.

The Settle Carlisle route was saved exactly 25 years ago and today flags were out as a special train made its way north from Leeds to Cumbria.

On board the celebration service were some of the campaigners who helped keep the scenic route open.

Fiona Armstrong joined them - and one famous face - on the memorable trip north…


Train takes anniversary trip along Carlisle Settle route

A train carrying passengers celebrating 25 years since the Carlisle Settle route was saved arrived in Carlisle earlier this afternoon.

The train arrived into Carlisle Station earlier this afternoon Credit: ITV News Border

The train's journey began in Leeds at 9:32am this morning, 11 April.

It called at Shipley, Skipton, Settle and Appleby before arriving into Carlisle.

Passengers were part of the 25-year anniversary celebrations Credit: ITV News Border

Former Transport Secretary, Michael Portillo, was on board. He made the final decision to save the line on this date in 1989.

25 years since Carlisle Settle railway line was saved

The Carlisle Settle railway line was saved 25 years ago today Credit: PA

Celebrations are due to begin to mark 25 years since the Carlisle to Settle railway line was saved.

It had been threatened with closure since the early 1980s until Michael Portillo, the transport secretary at the time, saved it.

A commemorative train ride will take place later this morning.


175th anniversary of Newcastle to Carlisle railway line

Celebrations are being held for the 175th anniversary of the Newcastle to Carlisle railway line.

A special historical service will leave for Carlisle at 11.22am.

"We are delighted to celebrate the 175 years of Newcastle upon Tyne and Carlisle.

"The railway opened in parts from 1836, construction starting in 1830 and was the first coast to coast route in the world."

– John Gillott, Partnership Officer , Tyne Valley Community Rail Partnership

It is the oldest coast to coast passenger line in the UK and opened in 1838.

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