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Promoting sustainable days out by rail at the Penistone Show

Penistone Line Partnership (PLP) has hosted a stand at the 150th Penistone Agricultural Show to spread the word about the work they do connecting communities to their local railway.

The event took place on Saturday 9 September, and from the opening of the show at 8am until closure at 5pm, there was a constant stream of visitors to the PLP stand.

Staff and volunteers eagerly shared valuable information about the Penistone Line’s scenic walking trails, and how to keep in touch for future information on guided walks and special events. The team handed out rail safety books (including Arlo’s Adventures), stickers, badges, information leaflets, and Penistone Line postcards designed by artist Adam Briscoe. Visitors were also encouraged to take their picture with the ‘be our train driver’ photo board.

The Partnership also teamed up with Sheffield ghost walker, Adrian Finney of Strange Britian UK, and planning has been underway for a series of Ghost Train Tours along the Penistone Line. Adrian has turned his captivating research into a new book, and visitors to the stand were given an exclusive sneak peek, and the chance to grab a signed copy before its official release.

Hugh Everson, Director of the PLP, said: “The Penistone Line Partnership stand at Penistone Show was a wonderful and effective opportunity to promote the Penistone Line, including its connections with the wider rail network. 

“Many people visiting lived close to stations along the line, but even visitors from further afield were interested in its attractions, and we were able to promote the connecting rail services available at Huddesrfield, Barnsley, Meadowhall, and Sheffield.”

Sarah Wells, Community Rail Officer for PLP, said: “We’re on a mission to provide a full calendar of events, projects, and feel-good days out for local communities, as well as encouraging station adoption along the whole of our line.

“We were overjoyed to receive numerous questions, requests, and feedback from people engaging with us at the Penistone Show. A suggestion to provide train timetables to nearby libraries and displays event listings within the community to help people plan their day out by rail will be put into place very soon. Penistone Line Partnership will definitely be back again next year.”

Keep up to date with future news, projects, and events from the Penistone Line Partnership via their website.