Born out of inter company rivalry and driven through the most hostile but beautiful terrain, this is a superb example of Victorian engineering. British Rail’s misguided attempt to close it in the 1980s caused the largest public reaction to any rail closure proposal. The line has since developed to serve commuters as well as being an artery into the Dales for tourists. It is also a strategic freight route, which brings its own challenges.
The talk covers the line’s past, recent history and future. It looks at how the line was built, including the spectacular viaducts, and at the magnificent landscape through which the Midland Railway forged a route for its prestige London to Scotland service.
John is a long standing member of our u3a and a member of a number of Groups.
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