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Mixed signals: the Victorian summer house with a special story

This summer house used to be a railway signal box. Credit: ITV Border

A Victorian signal box has a new calling - it's now a summer house in Wigton.

The box is nearly 150 years old, and was used in the 19th century to direct trains between Maryport and Carlisle.

It has been brought back to life by the Wilson family, who rescued it from the roadside.

Children using drama to learn railway safety

Network Rail have found a novel way to teach children about rail safety.

Children from Langlee Primary in Galashiels have been using somewhat unusual methods to learn about the dangers of playing on rail tracks, using music and dance to get the message across.

"The message has been absolutely brilliant, they have made it really clear for the children because it has all been done through drama and, obviously different kinds of movement.

It is sort of imbedding it in the learning. They are just so excited but they know the message know which is so vital."

– Marion Romeril, Teacher Langlee Primary School

While work on the £350million project is continuing this scheme will reach out to other children in the area.

So far one and a half thousand children from fifteen different primary schools have had a session like this one, in the hope of reducing unnecessary casualties.

"Sadly people die on the railway every year from trespass related accidents and that is something we want to try and address from, even before we start running trains on the route, on the Borders Railway line."

– Craig Bowman, Network Rail

The line is expected to open in the autumn of next year, and the people behind this scheme hope the children will continue to remember what they have learned.


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.

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