Two community rail partnerships have come together to promote and encourage sustainable rail travel on the north. Community Rail Cumbria (CRC) and Tyne Valley Community Rail Partnership (TVCRP), braved a freezing cold Saturday at Carlisle Railway Station to talk to passengers and visitors to Carlisle’s famous Christmas market.
This year’s event also featured a stand within the city’s Christmas market, ably manned by community rail volunteers, who directed visitors to events happening at the station, and encouraged them to think about taking day trips by rail along the Tyne Valley line and Hadrian’s Wall Country.
Exhibiting at the station were TVCRP, Settle and Carlisle Railway, Community Rail Cumbria, Lakes Line Rail Users Group, Cumbrian Coast Rail Users Group, Cumbria Pride, Royal British Legion, Direct Rail Services, Northern, and Story Rail. A selection of local businesses was also present selling their wares, from local produce to crafts. Entertainment was provided by a local school’s choir and the Border Concert Band. One of the more unusual attractions was a herd of Llamas, which caused a lot of interest, and certainly something you don’t see every day in Carlisle.
Apart from the bitter cold, the day was deemed to be a great success, with lots of people being introduced to the attractions of the area and encourage to visit them by rail. All the exhibitors would like to extend their thanks to Virgin West Coast, who were wonderful hosts.