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Saturday, 17 August 2013

Bless this House

We had a surprise visit today from the Right Reverend Graham Dow who was until recently the Bishop of Carlisle.   He and his family took the opportunity to see the tower when they came to Settle to see and photograph this morning's Cumbrian Mountain Express race through Settle - bound for Carlisle, hauled by the steam locomotive Duchess of Sutherland.
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Since his retirement, Graham Dow has been a hard working trustee of the Settle-Carlisle Railway Trust, as was his predecessor Bishop of Carlisle Ian Harland.   What IS it about clergymen and trains?

Graham was kind enough on leaving us to slip back into Bishop mode and to Bless the Settle Station water tower.   I wonder if this is another first for a water tower?   We agreed that the risk of our being hit by lightning had been reduced.   Oh, but then, there was York Minster.   Hey ho, back to the drawing board.

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Here is the Duchess of Sutherland bursting out of the north end of Blea Moor tunnel.

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