Our steam hauled journey today commences at Carnforth on the edge of Morecambe Bay.
We will journey eastwards across the Bentham Line to Hellifield and onwards through Skipton to Woodlesford and then York. We then continue along the East Coast Main Line to Northallerton where we will join the 22-mile long Wensleydale Railway for a run through the highly scenic Yorkshire Dales to the line’s present terminus at Redmire.This will be a rare opportunity to visit the Wensleydale line by a through steam-hauled train.
Leaving Carnforth first thing in the morning, steam hauled, expected to be double headed with 45699 Galatea and 45690 Leander, we will take the scenic Bentham Line and climb through Wennington and Giggleswick to Settle Junction, where we join the former Midland Railway route to Leeds.A pause will be made at Hellifield to top up our steam locomotive’s tender before we continue onwards towards Skipton, where there will be a stop to pick up passengers.We follow the Aire Valley through Keighley towards Shipley, where a further pick up will be made.We bypass Leeds and call at Woodlesford to pick up before we make our way via Castleford to Milford Loop for a water stop. We continue northwards to join up with the main line from Leeds at Church Fenton where a fast sprint will follow that will take us onwards towards York.
From Holgate Loop near York we will be in ‘top and tail’ mode for the run to and from the Wensleydale line. After a brief stop in York to pick up, we head north along the East Coast Main Line towards Northallerton. Here, we will need to reverse to join the Wensleydale line. We will continue to run in ‘top and tail’ mode along the branch through the Vale of Mowbray as far as our first stop at Leyburn, where passengers have the opportunity to alight and visit the nearby attractive market town. Apart from its railway interest in and around the station, the attractive market town of Leyburn is just a short walk away, with its small Market Square offering a number of cafes and pubs, plus quaint tourist shops in its centre. The train will continue to the current end of the branch at Redmire, where the nearby 14th century Bolton Castle is visible on the edge of the town.After a break in Redmire, we return to Leyburn to pick up those passengers who alighted there earlier.
We will return along the Wensleydale line steam hauled back to Northallerton, were we will rejoin the East Coast Main Line for the run southwards back to York. We will call at York to set down passengers and then continue steam hauled to Church Fenton where there will be a water stop.We will leave the Castleford line briefly at Sherburn Junction and follow the curve to Gascoigne Wood Junction from where the train will run double headed again. We rejoin the Castleford line at Milford Junction and retrace our earlier route back to Woodlesford and calling stations back to Hellifield.
At Hellifield, we stop for our final water stop before continuing for the final leg of journey back to Carnforth, including the 1 in 100 climb of Giggleswick Bank, and thus ending a splendid day out travelling over Lancashire and Yorkshire scenic lines.
Premier Dining includes a full English breakfast and a four course dinner silver served at your seat.
First Class includes morning coffee with a muffin, afternoon tea and coffee with a cake and a biscuit.
Standard Class includes a reserved seat usually at a table for four.
Tables for two can be guaranteed in Premier Dining and First Class for a supplement of £25 per person (subject to availability).
A buffet car is available and serves tea, coffee, snacks and light refreshments.
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