Join Tornado as the locomotive travels north to Carlisle over the fearsome Shap bank and takes in the fabulous scenery of the Cumbrian Fells and the Settle and Carlisle railway, all in one day!
In 2009 Tornado ran three sell out tours over the world famous Settle and Carlisle line, and to satisfy demand The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust is once again taking the locomotive over this route on Wednesday April 21st 2010. In addition the locomotive will also work for the first time from Crewe to Carlisle via the West Coast Main Line, having to compete with the long arduous climb over Shap Bank before descending down into the Border city.
The tour departs behind a modern electric locomotive from London Euston and picks up several stations on the route to enable as many people as possible to join us for the day. Tornado joins 'The Border Raider' at Crewe and will haul the train along the West Coast Main Line direct to Carlisle (Please see station and approximate timings below). With around two and a half hours in Carlisle to visit the castle or museum, or just have a relaxing lunch in one of the local restaurants, the return tour will depart from Carlisle and head over the famous Settle and Carlisle line with its many tunnels, lofty viaducts and magnificent views. At Hellifield Tornado is detached and heads to York for her next duty, whilst our train returns to London via Crewe and all outward stations behind a (less!) modern locomotive.
Euston 0730 2230
Watford Junction 0750 2205
Milton Keynes 0815 2135
Tamworth 0905 2045
Crewe 1020 1900
Carlisle 1300 1545
Both these routes were haunts of the A1 class in the 1950s when working to and from Scotland, so once again Tornado will be providing a spectacular day out, and will also recreate history, all in the same day.
Prices for 'The Border Raider' are:- Standard Class £89.00, First Class (non dining) £129.00 and Premier Dining £189.00. Discount for Children 10%, 2% additional charge for credit cards, 1% additional charge for debit cards.
Booking for 'The Border Raider' is via the Trust's agent, Steam Dreams on 01483 209888 or email email@example.com