Product Code: 10D-SSC

The Settle & Carlisle Railway
Steam Lives On


About this title

The Settle and Carlisle Railway has always set a severe test for both locomotives and crew with the term The Long Drag being very appropriate. The passing of BR steam was followed by preserved steam on excursions and this has developed to the point where, today, it has become the premier line in England for the running of steam hauled excursion trains. Throughout the summer there are regular itinerary trains and these are supplemented by numerous excursions that use the line as part of a longer journey. The thrill of seeing and hearing locomotives hard at work against the backdrop of the magnificent scenery of the northern fells remains a major attraction.

This film follows preserved steam in action along the line, first northwards from Hellifield and then southbound from Carlisle. Along the way we have a professional's viewpoint and comment from Gordon Hodgson, one of the last footplate men on the main line who started on the railways during the BR steam era, in his case at Carlisle Canal shed. To illustrate some of Gordon's comments we have brief footage of BR steam when it was an everyday occurrence as well some of his own exploits.

Filmed and edited by Ian Brownrigg.



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