Celebrations will be taking place today to mark 25 years since the Settle-Carlisle railway line was saved.
It had been threatened with closure since the early 1980s but Michael Portillo, the then-Transport Secretary, took steps to safeguard it. A commemorative train ride will take place later this morning.
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