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Flying Scotsman to go full steam ahead to reopen Settle to Carlisle route a year after landslip

The Flying Scotsman was built in Doncaster. Photo: Phil Iveson

The Flying Scotsman is set to steam through Yorkshire today to mark the reopening of the Settle to Carlisle railway line.

The Doncaster-built steam engine will depart from Oxenhope this morning and travel via Haworth, Keighley and Skipton to Carlisle.

It was last steam engine to travel on the Settle to Carlisle line in 2015 and will return for its reopening.

The route closed a year ago after a 500,000 tonne landslip at Armathwaite near Appleby.

2016 has been a difficult year for the Settle-Carlisle line, especially for steam haulage.

Fixing the landslip at Eden Brows has been an enormous achievement for Network Rail and their contractors.

For Flying Scotsman to reopen Britain's third route between England and Scotland is symbolic.

– Douglas Hodgins, chairman of the Friends of Settle to Carlisle Line