Members hear of plans to put rail line

Date: Saturday 16th September 2006

back on track

AT their latest meeting, Penrith Chamber of Trade members heard guest speaker Cedric Martindale talk about proposals to reinstate the Penrith-Keswick railway line.

Mr. Martindale said work had started to rebuild 18 miles of railway to provide an all day, every day train service for residents and visitors. All work had been independently funded, the design was now complete and environmental impact assessments were underway.

Mr. Martindale hoped there would be stations along the route at Threlkeld, possibly Blencowe, Penruddock and at the Rheged Discovery Centre.

Members were also told of various ways the public could support the project. Mr. Martindale said a donation of £10 a year would buy a quarterly newsletter or a double CD containing hundreds of recent photos of the trackbed, line and surrounding scenery.

He added that £12.99 could buy the video Trains to Keswick, which was made just before the line closed in 1972; £20 would buy a copy of the case study.

All profits support the project and more information is available from Mr. Martindale at ckpmartindale. force9.co.uk.