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User avatar - (09/04/2012 11:04:16)
RE:Pedestrian zones
Technically lines were "walked" at regular intervals by the track gangs responsible for their maintenance (in the days before on track plant and mechanisation), that's why there were many small structures beside the track (ubiquitously known as Platelayers Huts) to provide shelter. So although many of the lines now closed and providing tracks for walking and cycling weren't walked for their whole length by one individual, they were walked. As far as I am aware the only really long distance walks to boxes tended to be on the Settle and Carlisle, particularly at Ais Gill and Mallerstand, though the signal staff would use bikes.