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The Cumbrian Mountain Express

Saturday 21st June 2014

This day trip by special train provides a rare opportunity for those in the north-east of England to travel over the famous Settle & Carlisle Railway Line and the Tyne Valley Line. The train will be hauled by A4 class ‘Pacific’ steam locomotive No. 60009 “Union of South Africa” from Newcastle to Carlisle via York and back to Newcastle via the Tyne Valley Line. Don’t miss out, book soon and take advantage of this unusual journey by steam train through some of Britain’s most spectacular scenery.

Our train leaves Newcastle at around 08:30 hauled by A4 ‘Pacific’ steam locomotive No. 60009 “Union of South Africa” and crosses the spectacular King Edward Bridge over the River Tyne. We head south up the East Coast Main Line (ECML), stopping at Durham and Darlington for more passengers to join the train. We can expect some fast running as we continue through Northallerton and Thirsk to York, our final stop for passengers. We leave the ECML at Colton Junction and travel to Leeds where we take the Aire Valley Line through Keighley to Skipton. We pass through Hellifield and join the Settle & Carlisle Railway at Settle Junction.

We now begin one of the most arduous climbs on Britain’s railways, a total of 15 miles mainly at a gradient of 1 in 100 – a real test for our steam locomotive. We cross the spectacular Ribblehead Viaduct and enter Blea Moor Tunnel. We pass the highest railway station in England at Dent and continue through majestic moorland scenery, crossing over bridges and passing through tunnels. There are superb views across the Fells to the Pennine ‘Three Peaks’ of Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough as we make the final climb to Ais Gill Summit. We travel above the valley at Mallerstang and descend to Kirkby Stephen and Appleby, where we stop for our locomotive to take on water. We pass through the Eden Valley and arrive in the ‘Border City’ of Carlisle where there will be almost two hours to explore this ancient city.

Our steam hauled train leaves Carlisle for the return journey at around 16:55. We head east along the Tyne Valley Line climbing up to Brampton, where the inventor of the ‘printed card with date stamped’ railway ticket, Thomas Edmondson, was once station master. We are shadowing the route of Hadrian’s Wall, which is to the north, and pass through places with Roman connections including Haltwhistle, Hexham and Corbridge. We pass the Gateshead MetroCentre, the largest shopping and leisure centre in the UK, before crossing the King Edward Bridge and entering Newcastle Central Station. Here we say ‘goodbye’ to our A4 ‘Pacific’ steam locomotive. We return to York diesel hauled, stopping at the same stations as on the outward journey to set down passengers.

Train Timings

Approximate timings shown

Station Outward Return
Newcastle 08:30 18:35
Durham 09:00 19:30
Darlington 09:30 20:00
York 10:45 20:25
Carlisle 14:55 16:55

Train Fares

Fares Adult Junior Family
£189 £150 £528
First £125 £85 £335
Standard £79 £59 £217

Premier Dining includes full English breakfast, light lunch and four course dinner silver served at your seat.

First Class includes morning coffee with a Danish pastry and afternoon tea with scones, jam and cream, along with a selection of finger sandwiches.

Standard Class includes a reserved seat at a table for four.

A buffet car is available and serves tea, coffee, snacks and light refreshments. Tables for two can be guaranteed in first class and premier dining for a supplement of £22 per person. (subject to availability)


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