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The Settle & Carlisle Revival railway runs across the floor of England, reaching the highest point on any main line railway in the country. Today it carries a frequent and well-patronised passenger service and considerable freight traffic.
Since the line was reprieved from closure for the second time in 1989 after an eight-year battle, the train services have been expanded – but saving the line was not the end of the story, it was just the beginning.
This is the story of the revival in the fortunes of the Settle & Carlisle.
Many closed stations have reopened and are being restored to their former glory, freight traffic has returned and steam-hauled excursions over the line have gone from strength to strength.