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More steam serviced trains on track
Following the huge success of the Tornado steam locomotive service offered by Northern for three days last week, there are rumours that more such services may be in the offing.
MORE than 5,500 people travelled on services hauled by the Tornado on the famous Settle and Carlisle line on six return runs between Appleby and Skipton last week, it has been revealed.
Northern Rail said it was delighted by the public's reaction to the first timetabled steam service in England for almost 50 years. Extensive TV publicity following Tuesday's journeys brought bumper crowds out for the final runs on Thursday.
With normal ticket prices applying, it was possible to travel both ways for £10, using a Rail Card and the Day Ranger tickets. One group from The Friends of A Dales High Way enjoyed the trip, whilst another filmed the outing from the sidelines (see film).
The initiative is part of celebrations to mark the re-opening of the line between Appleby and Carlisle, which was closed a year ago following a massive landslip on to the line at Eden Brows, on March 31.
Engineers have carried out an estimated £23 million worth of repair work and other improvements to get it open again.
The re-opening will be celebrated with another steam locomotive outing on March 31st - this one a charter excursion with the world famous Flying Scotsman, though tickets cost a little more at £220 per head.
Northern Rail regional director Paul Barnfield said "Obviously we are absolutely delighted that this is proving such a great success, not least because a lot of people from all the organisations involved have worked very hard to make it happen, and it’s been a very positive collaboration all round. We hope to take this into the future.”
Douglas Hodgins, Chairman of the Friends of the Settle Carlisle Line (FoSCL) added: “This has been a sell-out success and a huge credit to all those involved. There must be lessons here about the demand for steam, scenery and rail travel in general. It was the perfect curtain raiser for the re-opening of the Leeds-Settle-Carlisle route on 31 March.”
See The FoSCL website here. See details of the Flying Scotsman charter excursion here.
24 Feb 2017
Saltaire was once again the centre of movie action this week as streets were cleared for the filming of Funny Cow.
The movie, starring Maxine Peake and Vic Reeves, tells the tale of a rising comedienne during the 1960's and '70's.
Filming took place on Mary Street and Upper Mary Street and adjoining back alleys, depicting Peakes' character during her childhood in the 1950's. The production company also created a 1950's set in one of the two-bedroom terraced houses. The film will be released later this year.
Film producer Kevin Proctor said "We quickly decided that Saltaire was the perfect location for our film when we came up to see it. Saltaire is cinematic. We have not had to build any sets. It is already here.
"People will see Saltaire when the film is released and get goosebumps. It is not just a location, it is somewhere we have picked."
Saltaire has become a favoured location for TV and movie producers. Earlier this year Saltaire featured on BBC's The Great Interior Design Challenge as designers competed to make-over the front rooms of three of the village homes.
Saltaire is, of course, the start of A Dales High Way, and most walkers setting out on the trail spend some time first exploring the Victorian mill village World Heritage site.
Filming of Funny Cow is also taking part in other Bradford district locations, including the Midland Hotel, Bradford Playhouse and Shipley Market Square.
Nearby Haworth was the setting for BBC's recent film drama of the Bronte sisters - To Walk Invisible.
David Wilson, director of Bradford City of Film said "We have a long list of people who want to come back and film in the Bradford district. The district has been used because of its rich film heritage. It has been used as a film location for the last 100 years."
The Cave Rescue Organisation (CRO) has been involved in two rescues on Ingleborough as 2016 came to an end.
On the afternoon of December 29th a walker slipped on ice descending from Ingleborough on the steep section heading towards the Hill Inn, on the route of A Dales High Way. The 38 year-old man sustained a suspected dislocated knee. Team members responded and provided pain relief, before moving the casualty on a stretcher to flatter ground on Humphrey Bottom. A North West air ambulance was able to land and take the casualty to hospital for treatment.
The following day 4 walkers, including a 14 year-old girl, with 2 dogs became disoriented in mist whilst walking on Ingleborough. The walkers were able to contact the police via mobile roaming, but were unable to give an accurate location. After several mistaken locations, they found Gaping Gill, and were able to contact the duty controller directly by responding to his calls to them. As visibility was poor and night had fallen, they were told to stay where they were until team members arrived to escort them from the hill. Upon being met by 2 team members, they were loaned head torches and walked down to the team vehicle for transport back down to the road.
Liz Holloway later commented on the CRO's Facebook page: "Thank you so much for returning my family to safety yesterday after being lost on Ingleborough. I cannot praise you enough for ensuring their safe return."
CRO is a voluntary rescue team, based in Clapham and made up of local experienced cavers, climbers and walkers who give their time freely to help those in need of assistance. The team is funded entirely by charitable donations and is on call at all times, day or night. Despite the name they mainly attend callouts for surface incidents.
The CRO celebrated its 80th anniversary in 2015, a year in which it attended 84 incidents. In that year costs amounted to £52,000, but donations totalled £77,000.
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