The Citadel

The Citadel


The Citadel Steam Special

Manchester to Carlisle
Departs – Saturday 13 April 2019

From Manchester Victoria and Bolton.

Join us for a great day out to remember aboard our heritage steam hauled train which will take you on a scenic journey along the Settle & Carlisle Line to the border city of Carlisle, then returning along the West Coast line.

Black 5 44871This trip relives the famous 'Fifteen Guinea Special' run in August 1968. One of the Black 5's planned to be hauling this trip (44871) was used for the return leg of the original Fifteen Guinea Special, from Carlisle to Manchester.

The trip will be double headed with two engines being used from the pool of three. Possible engines hauling this trip are the 45157 'The Glasgow Highlander', the 45212 or the 44871.

Departing Manchester around 07:30 we make our way to Bolton, then Blackburn (we can pick passengers up in Blackburn, but the return journey would be dropped off in Preston). From Blackburn we make our way to Hellifield, where the journey really begins.

Enjoy the stunning Dales scenery as we make our way through Settle and over the famous Ribblehead Viaduct. Continuing north from Ribblehead we plunge into Blea Moor tunnel, the longest on the line. We then enjoy sweeping views along Dentdale as we pass through the highest station on the line, Dent. The stunning scenery continues as we head north to the more gentle landscape of the Eden Valley, the Eden Gorge and our destination - the border city of Carlisle.

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.

After a break of around two hours in Carlisle, with its pedestrianised shopping centre, Castle and cathedral to enjoy, we return on the West Coast Main Line which takes us over Shap - the highest point on the line - and past The English Lake District, to Carnforth, where we leave our steam engines behind and return to your home stations with a heritage Diesel engine hauling us.

Ribblehead Viaduct Yorkshire Dales

Premier Dining includes a full English Settle to Carlisle Linebreakfast with Freshly brewed coffee and fine teas on the outward journey. Followed by a delicious four course dinner will be served on the return leg.

First Class passengers will be served a selection of Tulip muffins on the outward journey and a savoury of the day, followed by a selection of cakes on the return journey. To accompany this, there will be a complimentary service of freshly brewed coffee and fine teas for both legs of the journey.

Click here to view the sample dining menus

Regretfully we are unable to offer any other special dietary requirements (i.e. nut allergy, vegan, gluten free diets etc).

Standard Class passengers have access to a buffet for the purchase of light refreshments.

Premier Dining and First Class passengers can book a private table for 2 for a supplement of £20.00 per person (subject to availability).


The following Pick-Up and Set-Down stations are available on this excursion

Provisional Timings Outward Return
Manchester Victoria 07:27 20.05
Bolton 07:51 19:13
Blackburn 08:46 No Drop Off
Preston No Pick Up 18:39
Carlisle 13:05 15:15