Northern has named one of its Class 195 trains ‘Pride of Cumbria’ to mark 175 years of train operations in the region.
Opened in 1846, the Furness Railway and Lakes Line transformed transport links in the county.
Named in a ceremony at Barrow-in-Furness station by Mayor Helen Wall, 195109 ‘Pride of Cumbria’ will display its new nameplate as it provides services both along the line in Cumbria and on routes in the North West and Yorkshire.
At the event, which was also attended by Simon Fell, MP for Barrow and Furness, Northern executives and volunteers from Community Rail Cumbria and the 175 Committees, Northern regional director Chris Jackson said: “A huge thank you to everyone who’s been involved in making today happen, including Community Rail Cumbria and the 175 Committees, who are our fantastic volunteers.”
“Northern is proud to be a part of such rich heritage and community and as we look back on 175 years of progress, we also look forward to delivering further improvements in the area to continue to make a positive impact for the North.”
Simon Fell MP added: “The story of Barrow is the story of the Furness Railway. The discovery of iron ore showed the potential of Barrow to the world, and Henry Schneider’s railway opened it up.
“We owe our growth and community to the iron and steam of the railways and I hope that this train reminds people of our incredible heritage, and of the enviable role that Barrow plays in the UK and the world now.”
New boards detailing the history of the local railway will also be displayed in the waiting room at Barrow-in-Furness station.