Saturday 1st December - West Midlands to the Carlisle Christmas Market via the Settle and Carlisle Railway

Our Christmas train not only combines a festive journey by steam, but there is a wonderful chance to travel over the stunningly beautiful Settle and Carlisle route. Furthermore, on arrival in Carlisle the Christmas Market will be in full swing – perfect for buying gifts, or just enjoying the great food and drink they have on offer.

Tornado will be at the head of our train throughout as we travel via the West Coast Main Line before branching off towards Blackburn, heading north and on to the famous Settle and Carlisle Railway itself. The route is known as the ‘Long Drag’ because of the steep gradients, and Tornado will be hard at work all the way to the iconic Ribblehead Viaduct and Blea Moor Tunnel. On the journey we will soar over high viaducts and plunge through deep cuttings as we head through the wild landscape for Carlisle.

Passengers have over two hours to enjoy Carlisle, where the station is close to the Cathedral and nearby pedestrian shopping area for the Christmas Market.

Tornado will then lead us back, taking the direct route along the edge of the Lake District via Shap Summit, the highest point on the West Coast Main Line, before travelling on via Lancaster and Preston. Here Tornado takes water before regaining our outward route and returning us to the West Midlands covering over 400 miles, all by steam.

Ticket Prices & Booking

Saturday 1st December 2018

Ticket Price
First Class Dining£249
First Class Non-Dining£169
Standard Class£109
Guaranteed Table for Two£25
Times (provisional) Outward Return
Tame Bridge Parkway07:1522:25
Birmingham New Street07:4522:10
  • First Class Dining

    Seats a table for two** or four in a First Class carriage - Includes the Great British Breakfast, a light lunch and a four course festive dinner.

  • First Class Non-Dining

    Seats a table for two** or four in a First Class carriage - Includes complementary tea and coffee. A buffet car is available.

  • Standard Class

    Seats a table for four in a Standard Class carriage. A buffet car is available.

  • Guaranteed Table for Two

    Price per seat to guarantee a table for two in First Class.

This tour is promoted by The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust with UK Railtours acting as ticket agents. All profits will go towards keeping Tornado on the main line in future years.

All timings are provisional and intended only as a guide.