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Group makes tracks to scenic rail line

Garstang Historical Society members and friends at Settle Railway Station.

Garstang Historical Society members and friends at Settle Railway Station.

About 40 members and friends of Garstang Historical Society took part in the group’s summer outing to the Settle and Carlisle railway.

The trip was a combined coach and train journey taking in highlights of the line, 
including Ribblehead Station, the nearby viaduct, Pendragon
Castle, Hawes and Appleby.

The trip was led by rail historian David Alison, who last year gave a talk on the history of the Settle to Carlisle line. This prompted interest among members for a trip on the line. The first part of the trip was by coach with the second
 a rail journey between Appleby and Settle.

Mr Alison was thanked by society chairman Peter Burrell. The trip was organised by society treasurer Pat Hanger.

The 73-mile long line takes in vast tracts of scenic countryside in the north of England. In 1984 British Rail announced plans to close the line on cost grounds, but a five year fight by rail supporters resulted in the government saving the line in 1989.

l For more pictures from Garstang Historical Society’s trip visit its website www.
garstanghistoricalsociety.org.uk

 

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