click to enlargeJust three days before this amazing sight a social media appeal was put out to parents and children in Settle to turn up at the station at 11am and for children to bring with them red clothing to wave at the train - in Railway Children style. This was the staggering result. Even the sun shone.
I was the commentator on the train and had no idea how great or small the response would be so I told our 600 passengers to look out and wave to the children at Settle, more in hope than expectation of attendance. The Settle schools were on holiday so organised attendance was not possible.
Settle and its children rose to the occasion in style. The children,who could be forgiven for taking their railway line for granted, will now be in no doubt that it was once at risk of almost certain closure.