STEAM ON THE SETTLE TO CARLISLE LINE
Running from 30th April until 10th September 2019
To Carlisle from York, via the Settle to Carlisle line (steam from Hellifield):
Running on 30th April, 14th May, 11th June, 9th, 23rd & 30th July, 13th, 20th and 27th August, 3rd and 10th September 2019 - Departing from York, Normanton, Wakefield Kirkgate, Wakefield Westgate, Leeds (Central Station) and Skipton View Journey
To Carlisle from Chester, via the Settle to Carlisle line (steam from Hellifield):
Running on 28th May, 25th June, 16th July and the 6th August 2019 - 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 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 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 a delicious dinner on the return. First Class passengers will be served freshly brewed coffee and fine teas and biscuits. First Class passengers will also have access to the buffet carriage for the purchase of light refreshments.
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.