This is a wonderful opportunity for passengers from Merseyside and Lancashire to travel by steam train over two of England’s most scenic railway routes.
Our train travels north to Carlisle by the spectacular Settle & Carlisle Railway Line and returns via the West Coast Main Line over Shap. We have a magnificent steam locomotive to haul these trains, which recall the glorious days of steam train travel. It promises to provide a memorable day out.
Our train will be diesel hauled from Crewe to Liverpool via Runcorn, where we stop to pick up further passengers. We leave Liverpool Lime Street, steam hauled, about 06:40 and stop to pick up passengers at Broad Green and St. Helens Central. We join the West Coast Main Line (WCML) before stopping for more passengers at Wigan. We head north, leaving the WCML at Farington Junction, and stop at Blackburn, where passengers who have travelled by service train from Preston join our train.
We continue to Clitheroe and then stop at Hellifield for our steam locomotive to take on water. We join the Settle & Carlisle Railway at Settle Junction and then begin one of Britain’s most arduous climbs, a total of 15 miles mainly at a gradient of 1 in 100. This will be a tough test for our locomotive, which we shall see – and hear – working very hard!
There are magnificent views of the Pennine ‘Three Peaks’ of Pen-yghent, Whernside and Ingleborough. We cross the spectacular Ribblehead Viaduct, high above the valley floor, and enter Blea Moor Tunnel. We pass the highest railway station in England at Dent, crossing over viaducts and passing through tunnels amongst the Yorkshire Dales as we make the final climb to Ais Gill Summit, 1169 feet above sea level. We travel above the valley at Mallerstand 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 shortly before 13:00. There will be more than three hours in Carlisle, providing time to explore this ancient city.
Our train returns to Liverpool, steam hauled, via the steeply graded route over Shap summit on the WCML. We stop to set down passengers at Preston, Wigan, St. Helens Central, Broad Green and Liverpool Lime Street where we arrive around 20:00. Our train continues to Runcorn and Crewe diesel hauled.
The steam locomotives to be used on this day trip were all built for use on express passenger trains and come from the following pool:
No. 46233 Duchess of Sutherland Princess Coronation Class ‘Pacific’ 4-6-2 built by the LMSR at Crewe in 1938, now in B.R. green livery.
No 6201 Princess Elizabeth Princess Royal Class 4-6-2 built by the LMSR at Crewe in 1933.
No. 70013 Oliver Cromwell Britannia Class 4-6-2 built by BR at Crewe in 1951.
*Passengers from Preston travel by service train to Blackburn on the outward journey.
**Passengers for Blackburn travel by service train from Preston on the return journey.
Premier Dining includes a full English breakfast and a four course dinner silver served at your seat.
First Class includes morning coffee with a Danish pastry and afternoon tea with a savoury dish followed by a selection of fancies and cakes.
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)
Approximate timings shown
|Liverpool Lime Street||06:40||20:00|
|St Helens Central||07:15||19:30|
|Wigan North Western||07:50||19:10|