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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.

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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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Police appeal after A69 crash leaves boy in hospital

Police are appealing for information about a crash that happened on the A69 in Northumberland yesterday (December 5th).

The incident happened between Greenhead and Haltwhistle when for reasons yet to be established, a black Range Rover left the road and crashed onto the railway line where it collided with a train.

An 11-year-old boy was taken to the Royal Victoria Infirmary by air ambulance and his condition is described as critical.

Police are appealing for anyone who was on the A69 at the time of the crash to contact them on 101.

"We are appealing for anyone who was on the A69 in the Greenhead area at about 4.30pm yesterday to contact us.

Even if they didn't witness the collision, they may have useful information that could help with the investigation."

– Chief Inspector Peter Reeve

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Display with a difference

Fifty-five photos of rural life are going on display throughout the Eskdale Valley in the western Lake District. The pictures will be shown beside waterfalls, along footpaths, at farms and at several stations on the Ravenglass and Eskdale railway on the 8th and 9th September.

Train driver along the Ravenglass and Eskdale railway Credit: Cumbria Tourism
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