Younger members of the community share their train expertise.

, March 12th, 2017

Penistone Line Partnership are pleased to have recently installed some interpretation at Penistone Station. The panel marks 100 years since the Penistone Viaduct collapse.

Community Rail Officer Rowena Chantler and University of Huddersfield Student, Sarah Laurel spent a day with the children of the local Penistone nursery, Busy Bees. The children had a great day of fun which included playing with trains, creating their own viaducts from a variety of materials and other forms of art. The children also enjoyed a selection of railway themed stories. Sarah Laurel, student and photographer created the panels using the work that the children created and photos of them hard at work!

The children from Busy Bees regularly go on walks to Penistone Railway Station, and will be proud to show off their ‘work’ to their parents and other members of the community.

Back in February 1916 a locomotive derailed off Penistone Viaduct on the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway. The accident was caused because part of the viaduct had collapsed due to heavy rain weakening the foundations. The driver and fireman of the freight locomotive jumped clear and survived the crash.

“We are delighted to be able to share some of the history of the Penistone line with the younger members of our community, and look forward to welcoming more younger members of our community on the train”, said Rowena Chantler, Penistone Line Partnership’s Community Rail Officer

Stella Richardson, Nursery manager and owner added, “The children love visiting the station and watching the trains, and will love seeing themselves and their friends at the station each time they go. We look forward to taking our next group of children on the train.”

The Penistone Line Partnership welcomes the opportunity to promote the Penistone Line to all members of our communities, and is happy to share the rail safety message with children and adults alike. If you would like a visit from the Partnership please contact Rowena on 07912 753817.