The Anonymous Widower

How Times Change

Several hundred years ago, those living in the North of England, would have waited with fear and trepidation at the thought of invasion from those living across the Border.

But not anymore!

According to this article in the Cumbria Crack, which is entitled Settle-Carlisle groups welcome Scottish rail study.

This is said.

Putting this into historical context, Mark Rand, Joint Vice Chairman of the 3500-member Friends of the Settle-Carlisle Line said: “People often ask why did the Victorians build a railway line from tiny Settle to the border city of Carlisle. It was part of a much greater whole – the Midland Railway’s main route from London St Pancras to Scotland via Leeds and Carlisle, from where what is today called the Borders Railway continued to Edinburgh. What opportunities the full Edinburgh-Carlisle re-opening would enable! The Friends of the Settle-Carlisle Line welcomes this study with open arms.”

Further, the full re-opening would give a railway offering world-class scenery for much of the 211 miles from Leeds to Edinburgh, attracting huge numbers of international tourists, as happens in countries such as Norway and Switzerland, an industry so vital to the UK economy.

Unlike many railway projects, this project only needs the railway to be built, as the trains that would be ideal for Leeds to Edinburgh via Caelisle, were built forty years ago.

What better route would there be to serve with refurbished examples of Terry Miller‘s masterpiece, the InterCity 125?

May 12, 2017 - Posted by | Transport | , , , ,


  1. What an excellent idea. Imagine an InterCity 125 with the Mk 3 coaches converted into something akin to the panorama cars you see in the US and Canada!

    Comment by Matthew | May 12, 2017 | Reply

  2. It’s not my idea and it is actually being implemented.

    Scotrail are creating twenty-six mini-HSTs and using them to run a flagship service between the seven Scottish cities.

    Imagine a few more running a heritage service from Edinburgh to Leeds via Carlisle.

    Scotrail’s plan must have impressed First Great Western, as they have decided to keep twelve four-carriage sets to run local services in the West Country and Wales.

    In addition in the April 2016 Edition of Modern Railways , Ian Walmsley proposes using refurbished trains as tourism specials.

    I have a feeling that getting InterCity 125s to go to the scrapyard, is going to be impossible.

    Comment by AnonW | May 12, 2017 | Reply

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