Settle & Carlisle: Then & Now (PSOV)


Settle & Carlisle Then and Now
61 minutes
By the early 1960s the Settle and Carlisle Line was, like almost half of Britain’s national railway network, under threat of closure.  This programme covers the final declining years of BR steam and the accompanying commentary explains how the S&C struggled against a very hostile political background of railway denigration. Massive investment was being made in roads and, with a few notable exceptions, the railways were subject to a deliberate policy of retrenchment and neglect.
In 1988/89 a major government U-turn resulted in a strategy of investment in the line with through-freight, tourist services and steam-hauled excursion traffic as well as the daily passenger service. The second part of the programme shares the magnificent experience of these present-day steam services.