This steam hauled tour commences at Carnforth on the edge of Morecambe Bay and we will journey via Manchester to the Peak District of Derbyshire.
Our circular tour will include the scenic Hope and Calder valleys as we cross the Pennines on steep gradients which will tax our steam locomotive to the full. We return to Preston and Carnforth via Copy Pit and Blackburn.
The Pennine Limited will be steam hauled from Carnforth and we will head south along the West Coast Main Line through to Preston. We now make our way to Manchester Victoria where we will make a further pick up. After a climb of the severe 1 in 47 gradient of Miles Platting Bank, we make our way through the Manchester suburbs via Romiley to Chinley, where more climbing is faced. We continue through the highly scenic Hope Valley line in the heart of the Peak District National Park and head for the industrial conurbation of Sheffield. At Brightside, just outside Sheffield, we will pause to water our steam locomotive.
Our route from Sheffield will follow initially the old Midland Railway route through Swinton and then the Joint line to Moorthorpe, where we head for Wakefield Kirkgate. We pass through the remains of the once extensive Healey Mills Yard and head for Brighouse and the Calder Valley line. We will follow the Calder through Sowerby Bridge and Hebden Bridge, with the company of the Rochdale Canal, before leaving the Manchester line at Hall Royd Junction, where we take the line to Burnley via Copy Pit. We commence the 1 in 65 climb away from Todmorden and claw our way over the Pennines to the summit at Copy Pit, located some 749 feet above sea level.
On more favourable gradients, we continue westwards along the former Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway through Accrington to Blackburn, where we will have a break of around an hour. We then continue via Hoghton Bank through to Preston. The Pennine Limited will now head northwards with an anticipated fast run through Lancaster and on to Carnforth, our final destination on this varied and interesting circular tour across the Pennines.
* Passengers boarding at Manchester Victoria will return by service train from Blackburn.
Premier Dining includes a full English breakfast and a four course lunch 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 usually 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
|Manchester Victoria||10:10||17:30 * by service train from Blackburn|