THE SETTLE-CARLISLE VENTURER

Departing from York at approximatetly 09:55am, the train picks up at Leeds, Shipley, Keighley, Skipton for the scenic Settle-Carlisle Railway to the border city of Carlisle. Hauled by one of Britain’s most famous steam locomotives kept in the north of England, the steam excursion will have either number 5690 Leander, 850 Lord Nelson or Black Five 45231 at the head. The Settle-Carlisle line is the most famous route in England having being saved from closure 20 years ago. Enjoy the wonderful scenery of the Yorkshire Dales and into Cumbria as we cross over countless viaducts and pass through tunnels along this superb Pennine route built over 130 years ago. The train is operated by the West Coast Railway Co. with co-operation from Kingfisher Railtours.

On departure from the railway city of York, we make a speedy journey towards our first stop at Leeds before entering the Aire Valley for our remaining pick up station. At Hellfield we join the most legendary of rail routes as our engine prepares to do battle with the famous Settle & Carlisle line. You will be enthralled as we head up the lush Eden Valley to Appleby, where the train stops for a short break to take water, this should allow photographic opportunities and the chance to chat with the driver and fireman.  We then depart on the most thrilling portion of the journey as our locomotive does battle with the ‘long drag’ over the roof of England.  With great limestone peaks and deep valleys we travel over no fewer than 19 viaducts and 12 tunnels on this masterpiece of Victorian engineering including the famous Ribblehead Viaduct.  A stop will be made at Appleby en route and then the final leg of our journey takes us to the border city of Carlisle where we will have approximately two hours to enjoy the city’s historical streets, castle, cathedral and other places of interest.

Standard Class – Adult £63, Child £33, Family (two adults and up to three children) £168

First Class – Adult £87, Child £42, Family (two adults and up to three children) £248

First Class Dining – Adult £147, Child £97, Family (two adults and up to three children) £423

The first class dining service is ‘brunch’ on the outward journey and a four course dinner on the return is only available from York or Leeds (not Shipley, Keighley or Skipton).
There is a buffet car for Standard and First Class

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