Britain’s most best-loved railway, with its route over the ‘roof’ of England, the spectacular Settle-Carlisle railway (called ‘the line that should never have been built’) runs through some of the most breathtaking scenery in Britain and also takes in the architecture of the bridges and viaducts en-route.
From its very beginnings in the early 1870s, through to its heyday in the early 20th century, we look at this famous line in detail.
Enjoy a journey along the line and see its most magnificent structures, including a detailed look at Ribblehead viaduct with its restoration to enable continued traffic in the early 1990s.
We talk to railwaymen about their experiences in steam days and hear from historians about the many accidents on the route in the 1900s.
Much of this combined volume (from The Line that Refused to Die and Ten Years of Progress) uses archive film to show the techniques of signalling and the last through passenger services in the early 1980s.
The huge success of the Settle-Carlisle in recent times has been spurred on by the massive investment in the track and by the renovation of many station buildings. We have footage of repairs to stations and track renewals taking place.
The railway is now an important diversionary route and has many specials too – we see steam excursions in this dvd, including a very special freight train run in 2000 using the LMS 8F No. 48151.
The ultimate Settle-Carlisle programme!
Approx. 90 minutes.