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All aboard the Staycation Express | Brief letters

Rail to the rescue | Trains and rain | Guardian by plane | Grouse shooting

Alan Whitehouse (Letters, 11 August) would be pleased to learn how much the “Staycation Express”, a private initiative train that runs between Skipton and Appleby in Cumbria, using heritage rolling stock, is stimulating the local economy. One Appleby cafe owner waxed lyrical about how the Express had brought tourists in to save them from the slump in trade under coronavirus.
Jonathan Hauxwell
Crosshills, North Yorkshire

• Catherine Shoard (It would be a tragedy if coronavirus costs us the joys of train travel, 10 August) should travel on East Midlands Railway trains, on which I have been snowed on and soaked in heavy rain. They are certainly not watertight and so presumably must have ventilation.
Sally Cunningham
Croft, Leicestershire

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