Young pupils from Clifton Nursery and Primary School took their first train journey to enjoy lunch and activities at Appleby Railway Station. 

The children aged three-to-five years old are learning about different kinds of transport, and this week it was all about trains. 

The Nursery and Reception class pupils have created their own artwork, capturing their journey along part of the World famous, scenic line, which will be displayed for travellers to see at stations along the Cumbrian section of the line.  

The train journey organised by the Settle Carlisle Railway Development Company and funded by Northern Trains was the first experience of rail travel for eight out of the 11 pupils. 

The Hedgehog Class Teacher, Sophie Hunter said: “We have been reading a story book with the children called The Train Ride, which looks at the different things you can see on a train journey. The children have a check list to record what they have seen on their journey and the Reception Class children will be writing sentences about what they have seen when we they are back in the classroom. 

“The visit has been a wonderful experience for them all, especially those who have never been on a train before, which is the majority of them. The visit has been perfect for their project about travel, which this week is all about trains. And it has been extra special to give most of them a new experiences of train travel. 

Chair of the Settle Carlisle Railway Development Company, Pete Myers said: “Working with our local schools and colleges along the line is very important, as our aim to support our communities along the Settle Carlisle line. We are grateful to Northern for providing the travel.  

“For many of the pupils it was the first time they had travelled by train, and we are delighted they enjoyed their visit to Appleby Railway Station. We hope it will encourage more young people and their families to enjoy taking the train in the future.” 

For more information about the Settle Carlisle Development Company visit www.settle-carlisle.co.uk 

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