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  1. Friday 31 March 2017

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Through the day: BBC Cumbria Live

Lee Macaulay

Journalist, BBC Cumbria

That's the end of our updates for today and for the week.

We'll be back with more news, sport, weather and travel on Monday morning from 08:00.

Thanks for being with us on a day when the county celebrated the reopening of the Settle-Carlisle railway line.

We were with passengers who took the first trains between Carlisle and Leeds in over a year. Network Rail explained how it managed to repair a landslip that moved half a million tonnes of earth. And the Flying Scotsman came to the county to join in the party .

Here's the moment that the Flying Scotsman pulled into Carlisle railway station as heard by BBC Radio Cumbria listeners:

The steam locomotive came to Carlisle to celebrate the reopened Settle-Carlisle line

Have a great weekend.

Railway reopens: Network Rail boss on what it took to fix the Settle-Carlisle line

BBC Radio Cumbria

Just what does it take to fix a problem on the scale of a half a millon tonne landslip?

Martin Frobisher from Network Rail explained on BBC Radio Cumbria earlier today:

Network Rail's Martin Frobisher explains how the Settle-Carlisle railway was repaired

Flying Scotsman marks line reopening

Flying Scotsman
North News
The Flying Scotsman steam loco at Carlisle Station for the restart of passenger services

The Settle-to-Carlisle line was closed for 13 months after a 500,000-tonne landslip.

Flying Scotsman crosses Ribblehead viaduct

Flying Scotsman marks line reopening

The Settle-to-Carlisle line was closed for 13 months after a 500,000-tonne landslip.

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Weather: Cloudy with rain

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

More rain to come after a fairly dry afternoon.

Turning more cloudy through the night with lows of 9C.

Here's your full forecast:

Weather for North East and Cumbria

Travel: A595 closed in Whitehaven

A595 Loop Road South is closed in both directions in Whitehaven near Tower Hill following a two vehicle crash.

Southbound traffic is being diverted through Whitehaven Town Centre.

Northbound traffic is being diverted through Inkerman Terrace. 

World-famous steam locomotive draws crowds on way to Cumbria

Flying Scotsman at Howarth Resting
Graham Eva

Here's what people in Cumbria have been catching a glimpse of today.

The Flying Scotsman is now making its return trip following its stop at Carlisle to mark the reopening of the Settle-Carlisle line.

The photo of the locomotive was taken earlier today at Haworth Resting in Yorkshire.

The Flying Scotsman gets ready to wave Carlisle goodbye

Here's the steam locomotive backing out of Carlisle railway station to get ready for the return leg of its journey along the Settle-Carlisle railway.

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Penrith MP praises railway repairs

Here's how the Conservative MP for Penrith and the Border, Rory Stewart, has reacted to today's reopening of the Settle-Carlisle railway line.

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The railway line runs through his constituency and the reopened section of track at Eden Browns is just a few miles from his constituency border.

Watch: Flying Scotsman travels over the Ribblehead Viaduct

Here's the moment that the Flying Scotsman travelled over the Ribblehead Viaduct as part of a journey celebrating the reopening of the Settle-Carlisle railway line.

Thanks to  for sharing the footage.

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Settle-Carlisle: How the line was fixed

Network Rail shut the line at Eden Brows to trains on 9 February 2016.

Thirteen months and £5 million pounds later, it's reopened. 

On that day in 2016, engineers found that the ground was slipping beneath the railway towards the River Eden 70 metres below. 

Because of the size and scale of the repairs, the difficulty getting onto the site and that the ground was still moving, Network Rail has called it the most challenging repair it's ever faced.

          Facts about the repairs made to the Settle-Carlisle line near Armathwaite
Network Rail / BBC

In the end, the railway body decided to drive two rows of piles, which are steel tubes filled with concrete, into the bedrock.

On top of those, a one metre-thick 100m-long concrete shelf has been placed to form a solid base for the railway.

Watch live: Flying Scotsman arriving into Carlisle

BBC Cumbria

Head over to the BBC Cumbria Facebook page now to  watch the Flying Scotsman arriving into Carlisle railway station as part of celebrations for the reopening of the Settle-Carlisle railway line. 

Watch: Crowds greet the Flying Scotsman at Appleby

Danny Savage

North of England correspondent

Moments ago at Appleby railway station, crowds welcomed the steam locomotive Flying Scotsman on its way to Carlisle.

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See from the cab of the world-famous Flying Scotsman

The Settle-Carlisle railway line has officially reopened.

Part of the celebrations include a visit from the steam locomotive Flying Scotsman.

It'll pass through Kirkby Stephen at 11:51 before stopping at Appleby for a short time at 12:04 and finally reaching Carlisle at 13:05

On the BBC iPlayer, you can watch an hour-long programme that was filmed from the Flying Scotsman as it travelled the length of the Severn Valley Railway.

It's called Flying Scotsman from the Footplate.

Volunteer driver Roger Norfolk explains some of the basic controls at his command.

Cumbria's headlines this morning

Lee Macaulay

Journalist, BBC Cumbria

The top stories from across BBC Cumbria this morning: 

Listen: The first train leaving Carlisle on repaired Settle-Carlisle line

BBC Radio Cumbria

How passengers were welcomed first train on reopened Settle-to-Carlisle line

Here's how passengers were greeted when they boarded the 05:50 from Carlisle to Leeds this morning. 

It was the first passenger train to cross the repaired section of track at Eden Brows near Armathwaite. 

Watch: Timelapse of work to repair Settle-to-Carlisle line

BBC Breakfast

BBC Breakfast put this film together which shows a timelapse video of the repairs on the Settle-to-Carlisle line.

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Network Rail says "Settle-Carlisle is back in business"

Martin Frobisher is the Network Rail's Managing Director for the London North Western route. He spoke to BBC Cumbria on the first service leaving Carlisle this morning: 

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Weather: Fells forecast

BBC Weather

Here's the fells forecast for daylight hours today:

  • Temperatures at 3,000ft: 7C dropping to 3C later. 
  • Winds: Gale force south to southeasterly, gusting 60mph, decreasing strong southwesterly, gusting 45mph. 
  • Cloud: Extensive cloud 2,100ft (650m), patches down to 1,300ft (400m) at first, becoming more broken around the summits later. 
  • Visibility: Poor at first, improving good later. 
  • Freezing level: Above the tops.

Don't forget to check the  daily reading of fell top conditions produced by the Lake District National Park's fell top assessors.

The Flying Scotsman visits reopened Settle-Carlisle railway
Flying Scotsman will be one of the first engines on the reopened Settle-Carlisle line.

Weather: Cloudy with rain

Abbie Dewhurst

Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

Cloudy with outbreaks of rain at times that could be heavy. 

Becoming drier and brighter by the middle of the afternoon.

Highs of 14C (57F)

Morning weather for Appleby

Get the latest forecast for your area with BBC Weather. 

Passengers applaud as train passes across repaired track

Here's the moment that passengers on the first train to travel from Appleby to Carlisle applauded as it passed through Eden Brows near Armathwaite:

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First full journeys along reopened Settle-Carlisle line complete

The first two trains to travel the length of the Settle-Carlisle railway line have completed their first journeys. 

The 05:29 from Leeds arrived into Carlisle at 08:17.

The 05:50 from Carlisle arrived into Leeds at 08:37.

Watch: First train to leave Appleby station

Settle-Carlisle line train operator welcomes back passengers

The Settle-to-Carlisle line has been reopened this morning - here's the first train at Carlisle station.

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Trains running again on Settle-Carlisle railway line

Final work taking place to install new track at Eden Brows
Network Rail

Trains are once again running on a Cumbrian railway line more than a year after a major landslip damaged a section of track. 

Network Rail has described the repairs to the Settle-Carlisle line at Eden Brows near Armathwaite as the " most challenging railway repair ever ".

The first train to use the repaired section of line between Armathwaite and Appleby departed from Carlisle railway station at 05:50.

Engineers designed a reinforced concrete platform supported by steel and concrete tubes driven into the ground for the section of track to sit on.

Welcome to BBC Cumbria Live

Lee Macaulay

Journalist, BBC Cumbria

Good morning. We'll have updates about the latest news, sport, weather and travel from around Cumbria. Today, we'll also be following the reopening of the Settle-Carlisle line more than a year after a landslip cut it in two near Armathwaite. 

Got anything to share or, maybe, you're travelling on the Settle-Carlisle line today? Why not  email ustweet @bbc_cumbria  or  get in touch using Facebook  with your pictures and stories.