Steam hauled trains on Settle & Carlisle railway

Tickets Now On Sale for Tornado-Hauled Services on Settle & Carlisle

There is a very big Valentine’s week treat in store on February 14th, 15th and 16th on the Settle Carlisle railway.

On those days a total of twelve Northern services will be run by steam-hauled, seven-carriage trains. They will pass over the ‘roof of England’ behind Britain’s newest steam locomotive, Tornado. The world-famous line carves its way through the spectacular scenery of Cumbria’s Eden Valley, the Yorkshire Dales and crosses the majestic Ribblehead viaduct.

This unique operation is thought to be the first time in 50 years that steam has been used to haul scheduled passenger trains in England. The project is a celebration of the line’s forthcoming official re-opening on 31st March 2017. The line has been closed for repairs between Armathwaite and Carlisle since February 2016.

The steam trains will form part of the normal timetabled service and tickets will be available from the usual retail channels. For the best price, and to book a seat, visit or go to any railway booking office. The usual ticket prices will apply and passengers will be able to use railcards such as the Dales Railcard and Senior Railcard to obtain a discount.

The first train will depart from Appleby at 08:25, arriving at Skipton at 10:08. It will depart northbound from Skipton at 10:44. In the afternoon, there will be a 14:57 departure from Appleby which arrives at Skipton at 16:30. The final departure of the day from Skipton will leave at 17:15, arriving in Appleby at 18:46. There will be a standard diesel service to Leeds, via Settle and Skipton at 18:56 for those returning south at the end of the day.

Demand is expected to be extremely high and customers are strongly advised that only those with a seat reservation will be assured of a seat. Walk-up tickets (i.e., those without seat reservations) will be available but cannot guarantee a place on the train. There will be no standing permitted on these services.

For further information customers can contact Northern on 0800 200 6060 (NB: this is not a booking service).

The Friends of the Settle-Carlisle chairman, Douglas Hodgins, said:
“The intention here is to give local people especially the opportunity of a real treat and a big ‘thank-you’ for their loyalty and patience during 2016 while the line has been closed to through traffic.”

Drew Haley of the Settle-Carlisle Development Company commented:
“This will be a spectacular one-off event for a very special railway. Customers are advised to book early to make sure of a seat reservation”.

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