Visitors to Falcon Manor – the country house hotel in the Yorkshire Dales market town of Settle – can once again travel the full distance of the legendary Settle-Carlisle railway line.
The iconic line, famously saved from permanent closure almost 28 years ago, was partially shut in February 2016 after a major landslip following the storms of 2015/16.
A major engineering project to repair the track and embankment has now been completed. The line reopened at the end of March with a visit from The Flying Scotsman, one of the most famous steam engines in the world.
Carole Melling, general manager at Falcon Manor, which has a view of the line as it approaches Settle, said: “We are delighted that the Settle-Carlisle Railway is back to normal. It is a valuable tourist attraction for the area with lots of people coming to enjoy a ride on the railway through our stunning local scenery.
“Millions of pounds have been invested in the Settle-Carlisle railway since its reprieve in 1989. Settle Station is just a short stroll from Falcon Manor’s doorstep and as well as offering a great day out travelling the line, it also provides public transport to places such as Horton-in-Ribblesdale and Ribblehead, with its famous 24-arch viaduct, giving access to miles of beautiful walking.”
The landslide saw approximately 500,000 tons of earth slipping towards the River Eden damaging the railway and making it unsafe. The subsequent £23million repair has been a major engineering exercise which has ensured the future of one of the world’s great scenic rail journeys.
As well as the visit of The Flying Scotsman, the line also made national headlines in February when a Tornado engine hauled trains between Skipton and Armathwaite, the first scheduled main line steam service to run in Britain in 50 years.