STEAM ON THE SETTLE TO CARLISLE LINE
To Carlisle from York, via the Settle to Carlisle line (steam from Hellifield):
Running on Mondays 5th June, 19th June, 3rd July & 7th August 2017 and on Tuesdays 6th & 20th June, 4th July & 8th August 2017 - Departing from York, Normanton, Wakefield Kirkgate, Wakefield Westgate, Leeds, Keighley and Skipton View Journey
To Carlisle from Chester returning via the Settle to Carlisle line (steam from Carnforth):
Running Tuesdays 30th May, 13th & 27th June, 18th July & 15th August 2017 - Departing from Chester, Frodsham, Warrington Bank Quay, Wigan and Leyland View Journey
From the comfort of your seat in some of the oldest working carriages in operation today, your adventure begins! Some of these carriages date back to the 1920s and served throughout the golden age of rail, and some featured in the Harry Potter movies, and have all been lovingly restored. These traditional carriages will be hauled by diesel for the first part of the journey, then from Hellifield/Carnforth the steam engine pulls the train across the Settle to Carlisle, England's most scenic railway.
The train stops in historic border city of Carlisle in Cumbria for a break of around 2 hours. Stroll between the Castle and Cathedral or perhaps visit the famous Tullie House Museum - you will be surrounded by great places to shop, eat or be entertained, the perfect way to spend an afternoon.
The Settle to Carlisle Line
First opening to passengers in 1876, the Settle - Carlisle line takes in 20 viaducts, 14 tunnels and countless beautiful vistas along its 72 mile track. This historic line travels across the stunning Pennine hills, showcasing the English countryside at its best.
From Hellifield or Carnforth one of the oldest steam engines in service today will take over, this alone is a sight to behold as the engine builds up sufficient steam for the highlight of your journey on the famous Settle to Carlisle line.
Premier Dining service on board will include a full English breakfast on the outbound journey and three course lunch on return. First Class passengers will be served complimentary tea and coffee and a Danish Pastry on the outward journey. A savoury of the day followed by cake will be served on the return journey. To accompany this there will be a complimentary service of tea and coffee.
The trip across Yorkshire from your carriage window:
The station first opened in May 1876 and was originally named ‘Settle New’ to distinguish it from the nearby station on a different route, and has a beautiful large Derby Gothic style station building.
The Ribblehead Viaduct is an impressive feat of engineering 28 miles north-west of Skipton in Yorkshire. The Grade II listed structure, designed by engineer John Sydney Crossley. 1.5 million bricks were used in its construction, with some of the blocks weighing 8 tons each.
The highest mainline railway station in England. In the past steam locomotives were able to pick up water from troughs here whilst still moving.
Dent Head & Arten Gill Viaducts
Two of the most impressive structures on the line, they are are Scheduled Ancient Monuments. Arten Gill Viaduct is constructed from ‘Dent marble’ – a dark limestone with high fossil content, and has eleven impressive arches.
Blea Moor Tunnel
Located between Ribblehead Viaduct and Dent station, it is the longest tunnel on the line. Rise Hill Tunnel. Built by the Midland Railway, it passes 500 feet below the moor after which it was named.
The Scotland/England border city, the Romans established a settlement here to service the forts of Hadrian’s Wall. Carlisle castle has watched over the city for over 9 centuries, and has witnessed many important moments in British history.