The Long Drag
First transmitted in 1988, this programme charts events surrounding the proposed closure of the Settle to Carlisle line.
First transmitted in 1988, this programme charts the dramatic changes that have taken place across Britain’s railway network since the 1960s and the subsequent 20-year period following the end of the steam age.The programme includes an examination of events surrounding the proposed closure of the Settle to Carlisle line, one of the most magnificent stretches of railway line in England. Over 72 miles long and England’s highest mainline, it was known as ‘The Long Drag’ by the men who worked the line. The film follows activists comprised of railwaymen, rail enthusiasts and local residents who are rallying together to fight this proposed closure.
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The last steam engine journey on mainline railways was by the Oliver Cromwell, Britannia-class Pacific No 70013, from Carlisle to Liverpool Lime Street and back on 11 August 1968. The Oliver Cromwell took pride of place in an exhibition at the National Railway Museum in 2008, having been restored at the Great Central Railway workshops in Loughborough.