Had an interesting three days out on the railways last week. I started on Thursday filming some of our Flask trains going through my home village of Askam in Furness. They've just finished installing new crossing barriers and gear and I caught a pair of our old Class 20's scuttling south to Crewe and beyond followed by a pair of our Class 37s working 'Topped and Tailed' on a return working to Sellafield. The Class 20 Bo-Bos were first introduced in 1957 and the class 37 Co-Cos are mere youngster having first appeared in 1960! having said that they have been extensively re-engineered over the years and still have a future ahead. The following morning saw the running of the 25th anniversary Settle and Carlisle train to celibrate the saving of this historic line in 1989 after it had been under the serious threat of closure We as a company had provided the locos and stock to ferry VIP passengers ove the historic line from Leeds to Carlisle followed by siome speeches and a lunch in Carlisle before a return trip back south I and some of my colleagues joined the northbound train at Settle station, regarded as the tru start of the Midland railways 'Long Drag' to Scotland. The station was packed with well wishers and enthusiasts to capture the moment Church bells were rung and the little market town was festooned with flags Once boarded we headed north, slowing to a halt on the famous Ribblehead viaduct, topping Ais Gill Summit and then descending down the valley to Carlisle where we were greeted by even bigger crowds, TV Crews and lots of train spotters!