Train journey for children’s charity

The Virgin 125 train crosses the River Blyth on the Ashington, Blyth and Tyne Line, just north of Bebside. Picture by John Brierley.
The Virgin 125 train crosses the River Blyth on the Ashington, Blyth and Tyne Line, just north of Bebside. Picture by John Brierley.
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A special Virgin 125 high speed train went along the Ashington, Blyth and Tyne Line on Saturday.

Dennis Fancett, chairman of the South East Northumberland Rail User Group (SENRUG), was among the small group of SENRUG members on board.

He said: “We were delighted to be aboard the special Virgin charity charter train Bound for Craigy, organised by the Branch Line Society and 125 Group.

“Of special interest to us was that the train travelled round the Ashington, Blyth and Tyne Line as far as Bedlington, profiling SENRUG’s campaign to re-introduce regular, local passenger services on this route.

“More than £50,000 was raised for Railway Children, a most worthy charity supporting street children worldwide.

“All the Virgin staff operating the train – from drivers to guards to catering crew – were giving their time voluntarily.”