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Students ‘try the train’ from Appleby to Settle as part of new art project

Year 4 students from Appleby Primary School at Settle Railway Station.

Settle-Carlisle Railway Development Company welcomed Year 4 students from Appleby Primary School on Thursday 19 January 2023 to travel to Settle as part of an art project they are creating for Appleby Station.

The Appleby Art Project funded by Community Rail Network and Northern, will see art boards created by the Year 4 students with the help of local artist Karen Babayan, installed at Appleby Station. The artwork will be inspired by the history and landscape of the line and celebrate the stories of the people and places the line serves.

As part of the Appleby Art Project, the Year 4 students travelled from Appleby to Settle, to get inspiration for their artwork. For many of the children, this was their first time travelling on a train.

To make the occasion special, the group were joined by Ken and Anthony from the Friends of Settle-Carlisle Line to give an on-train guide of the line. Once at Settle Station, the students had a tour of the station and the Water Tower, and even got to have a go in the restored signal box, which is open to the public on Saturdays.

The students receiving a tour of Settle’s signal box.

Katie Chesworth, Projects and Social Media Manager at Settle-Carlisle Railway Development Company, said: “It’s been great to welcome Appleby Primary School to the Settle-Carlisle Railway. The children were incredibly excited, and it was brilliant to see the enthusiasm in their questions and in their artwork.

“The project is going to be a great way to encourage more young people and families to the line and celebrate the Settle-Carlisle Railway.”

The new artwork will be displayed in the Spring. Latest updates on the project can be found on the Settle-Carlisle Railway Development Company’s website.

Some of the Appleby students travelling on the Appleby-Settle Line.