Saturday 9th February 2019 - East Midlands to Carlisle

Come along and enjoy the experience of No. 60163 Tornado climbing to Blea Moor and Ais Gill summits once again! Eminent railway engineers of the age proclaimed that it would be impossible to build a main line railway through this hostile terrain. Some of the tunnels and viaducts took a full five years to build and many of the railway ‘navvies’ lost their lives in this inhospitable place. Building the Settle & Carlisle almost broke the Midland Railway but determination was rewarded with a magnificent double-track main line railway sweeping through the hills.

A Class 67 locomotive will take the train from Leicester to Doncaster where Tornado will take over for the journey via Leeds and the picturesque Aire Valley through Keighley. The terrain becomes increasingly wild and rugged as we approach Settle Junction, start of the fearsome ‘Long Drag’ through Horton-in-Ribblesdale to Ribblehead Viaduct and Blea Moor. One fine sight follows another as we continue to Ais Gill then descend through the Eden Valley and into the Border City of Carlisle. Here we take a break of over two hours; the station is right in the heart of the compact city, close to the cathedral and the attractive pedestrianised shopping quarter.

Still with Tornado in charge we now head east, crossing England at its narrowest point, glimpsing Hexham Abbey then descending through the valley of the Upper Tyne. At Tyne Yard, just south of Newcastle close by the Angel of the North, we bid farewell to Tornado and the Class 67 diesel takes over again for our journey via Durham and York to Doncaster and as outwards to Leicester.

Ticket Price
First Class Dining£249
First Class Non-Dining£169
Standard Class£109
**Guaranteed Table for Two£25
Times (provisional) Outward Return
Leicester07:0022:15
East Midlands Parkway07:2021:55
Derby07:4021:35
Chesterfield08:0521:10
Sheffield08:2020:55
  • 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 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 First 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.