NEW PROGRAMME OF TOURS - Steam over the stunning Settle and Carlisle Railway

Join us on ‘The North Briton’, a brand new series of trains hauled by Tornado across the magnificent Settle and Carlisle Railway. Eminent railway engineers of the age proclaimed that it would be impossible to build a main line railway through this hostile terrain. 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. Passengers will enjoy breath-taking scenery as the landscape becomes more wild and beautiful as the train steams north, through tunnels and across viaducts to reach Carlisle. Come along and enjoy the experience of No. 60163 Tornado climbing to Blea Moor and Ais Gill summits once again!

Dates available: 9th February* – 8th June – 20th July* – 17th August – 24th August*

Prices start from £109

 

 

OUR JOURNEY (The route is enjoyed clockwise*, or anti-clockwise, dependent upon date booked)

East Coast Main Line (Between Newcastle and Doncaster) Modern traction hastens our journey over this stretch of railway, but that in no way diminishes the wonderful views en route. As we travel through the towns and cities along this line, the green landscape is punctuated by the sights of York’s grand arched station, the majestic towered Cathedral at Durham and the instantly recognisable Angel of the North at Gateshead.

The Tyne Valley Line. (Between Carlisle and Newcastle) This stretch of railway was built in the 1830s by the Newcastle and Carlisle Railway Company and is often referred to as ‘The Hadrian’s Wall Country Line’ as the railway and the Roman wall intertwine through the stunning wild landscape. Travelling on the train is one of the best (and driest!) ways to see a good length of Hadrian’s Wall, a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is a common misconception that Hadrian’s Wall marks the boundary between England and Scotland, but the wall lies entirely within England and has never formed the Anglo-Scottish border. Other structures to look out for on the way include the sight of the quaint station building at Wylam, built soon after the opening of the railway, and now grade ii* listed.

The Eden Valley (Between Carlisle and Appleby) The north most section of the Settle and Carlisle Railway takes us through The Eden Valley. This is one of the most picturesque sections of the route with wooded valleys and open vistas following the course of the River Eden. Passengers can enjoy travelling through the lush green landscape and the views of the Lakeland Fells.

The Settle and Carlisle Railway. Famed for its beauty within the rolling landscape of the Dales and North Pennines, the Settle and Carlisle Railway demonstrates the skill and determination of Victorian civil engineering prowess in challenging and inhospitable terrain. Highlights of the journey include Tornado hard at work to complete the climb to Ais Gill summit, the highest point of the line at 1,169ft, and our train also passes through Dent Station,the highest in England at 1150ft. To accommodate for the rolling landscape, the railway was built along many viaducts and cuts through long tunnels, the longest tunnel at Blea Moor is over two miles long! One of the most iconic sights on the route is the Ribblehead Viaduct; the 24 arches stretch a quarter of a mile over 100ft above the ground and offer spectacular uninterrupted views of the landscape. Much is said of the beauty and scale of this railway, but to fully appreciate it, it must be experienced first-hand.

Airedale Line (Between Skipton and Leeds) The Airedale Line is one of the busiest rail  routes outside of London. A former branch line off this railway now forms the Keighley and Worth Valley heritage railway which claimed fame as the setting of the ‘The Railway Children’ film. This leg of the journey also takes us past the industrial town of Saltaire, a Victorian model village and designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. Built in the1850s by leading industrialist in the woollen industry, Sir Titas Salt, the town is recognisable from the matching light stone houses and tall mill chimneys.

 

OUR DESTINATION

There will be a break of over two hours for passengers to explore Carlisle; Carlisle is England’s biggest city by area and is the official capital of Cumbria. The city sits on the doorstep of both the Lakes and Hadrian’s Wall and blends 2000 years of human occupation with everything you would expect from a vibrant 21st century city. The Cathedral is within a few minutes’ walk of the spacious pedestrianised Greenmarket – a focal point for street entertainment and Farmers’ Markets. Nearby, the formidable fortress of Carlisle Castle stands proud over the cityscape. Overlying this rich heritage is a vibrant town centre of modern shops, pavement cafes and leisure facilities that rivals most other cities in the north of England.

Ticket Prices & Booking
Ticket Price
First Class Dining£249
First Class£169
Standard Class£109
Times (provisional) Outward Return
Leicester07:1022:15
East Midlands Parkway07:2021:15
Derby07:4021:35
Chesterfield08:0521:10
Sheffield08:2020:55
  • First Class Dining

    Seats a table for two or four in a First Class carriage. Ticket includes the Great British Breakfast with complementary glass of fizz and a four course dinner on the return journey. Silver service for all meals.

    Option: Guaranteed Table for Two Dining (per seat) £25.00

  • First Class

    Seats a table for two or four in a First Class carriage. Ticket includes complementary tea and coffee throughout the journey, with pastries in the morning, and biscuits in the afternoon. The on board buffet car is available for additional food and drink.

    Option: Guaranteed Table for Two Dining (per seat) £25.00

  • Standard Class

    Seats a table for four in a Standard Class carriage. You may wish to pack a picnic, but the on board buffet car is available for additional food and drink.

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. T&C's apply.

Ticket Price
First Class Dining£249
First Class£169
Standard Class£109
Times (provisional) Outward Return
London Kings Cross08:1522:40
Potters Bar08:3022:20
Stevenage08:5522:05
Peterborough09:3021:30
Retford10:4020:35
  • First Class Dining

    Seats a table for two or four in a First Class carriage. Ticket includes the Great British Breakfast with complementary glass of fizz and a four course dinner on the return journey. Silver service for all meals.

    Option: Guaranteed Table for Two Dining (per seat) £25.00

  • First Class

    Seats a table for two or four in a First Class carriage. Ticket includes complementary tea and coffee throughout the journey, with pastries in the morning, and biscuits in the afternoon. The on board buffet car is available for additional food and drink.

    Option: Guaranteed Table for Two Dining (per seat) £25.00

  • Standard Class

    Seats a table for four in a Standard Class carriage. You may wish to pack a picnic, but the on board buffet car is available for additional food and drink.

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. T&C's apply.

Ticket Price
First Class Dining£249
First Class£169
Standard Class£109
Times (provisional) Outward Return
London Kings Cross08:1522:40
Potters Bar08:3022:20
Stevenage08:5522:05
Peterborough09:3021:30
Retford10:4020:35
  • First Class Dining

    Seats a table for two or four in a First Class carriage. Ticket includes the Great British Breakfast with complementary glass of fizz and a four course dinner on the return journey. Silver service for all meals.

    Option: Guaranteed Table for Two Dining (per seat) £25.00

  • First Class

    Seats a table for two or four in a First Class carriage. Ticket includes complementary tea and coffee throughout the journey, with pastries in the morning, and biscuits in the afternoon. The on board buffet car is available for additional food and drink.

    Option: Guaranteed Table for Two Dining (per seat) £25.00

  • Standard Class

    Seats a table for four in a Standard Class carriage. You may wish to pack a picnic, but the on board buffet car is available for additional food and drink.

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. T&C's apply.

Ticket Price
First Class Dining£249
First Class£169
Standard Class£109
Times (provisional) Outward Return
London Kings Cross08:1522:40
Potters Bar08:3022:20
Stevenage08:5522:05
Peterborough09:3021:30
Retford10:4020:35
  • First Class Dining

    Seats a table for two or four in a First Class carriage. Ticket includes the Great British Breakfast with complementary glass of fizz and a four course dinner on the return journey. Silver service for all meals.

    Option: Guaranteed Table for Two Dining (per seat) £25.00

  • First Class

    Seats a table for two or four in a First Class carriage. Ticket includes complementary tea and coffee throughout the journey, with pastries in the morning, and biscuits in the afternoon. The on board buffet car is available for additional food and drink.

    Option: Guaranteed Table for Two Dining (per seat) £25.00

  • Standard Class

    Seats a table for four in a Standard Class carriage. You may wish to pack a picnic, but the on board buffet car is available for additional food and drink.

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. T&C's apply.

Ticket Price
First Class Dining£249
First Class£169
Standard Class£109
Times (provisional) Outward Return
London Kings Cross08:1522:40
Potters Bar08:3022:20
Stevenage08:5522:05
Peterborough09:3021:30
Retford10:4020:35
  • First Class Dining

    Seats a table for two or four in a First Class carriage. Ticket includes the Great British Breakfast with complementary glass of fizz and a four course dinner on the return journey. Silver service for all meals.

    Option: Guaranteed Table for Two Dining (per seat) £25.00

  • First Class

    Seats a table for two or four in a First Class carriage. Ticket includes complementary tea and coffee throughout the journey, with pastries in the morning, and biscuits in the afternoon. The on board buffet car is available for additional food and drink.

    Option: Guaranteed Table for Two Dining (per seat) £25.00

  • Standard Class

    Seats a table for four in a Standard Class carriage. You may wish to pack a picnic, but the on board buffet car is available for additional food and drink.

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. T&C's apply.

Ticket Price
First Class Dining£249
First Class£169
Standard Class£109
Times (provisional) Outward Return
Grantham07:1522:00
Nottingham07:4521:20
Ilkeston08:1521:00
Chesterfield08:4520:40
Doncaster (Dining not available)10:3020:00
  • First Class Dining

    Seats a table for two or four in a First Class carriage. Ticket includes the Great British Breakfast with complementary glass of fizz and a four course dinner on the return journey. Silver service for all meals.

    Option: Guaranteed Table for Two Dining (per seat) £25.00

  • First Class

    Seats a table for two or four in a First Class carriage. Ticket includes complementary tea and coffee throughout the journey, with pastries in the morning, and biscuits in the afternoon. The on board buffet car is available for additional food and drink.

    Option: Guaranteed Table for Two Dining (per seat) £25.00

  • Standard Class

    Seats a table for four in a Standard Class carriage. You may wish to pack a picnic, but the on board buffet car is available for additional food and drink.

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. T&C's apply.