The Winter Cumbrian Mountain Express

Saturday 25th January 2020

Prices from: £99

Our first main line steam hauled train of 2020 starts the year off with a winter scenic day out from the north-west to the Cumbria Fells.

Departure Date: 25-Jan-2020
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Travelling outwards over the scenic Settle & Carlisle line to Carlisle, time will be available to explore this historic border city. In the afternoon, we head southwards again, but via the West Coast Main Line over Shap Fells.This will be even more special if there is snow about to enhance the breathtaking scenery of the Pennines. The train will be hauled by 35018 British India Line.

Our special train will depart from Manchester Victoria steam hauled by 35018 British India Line at about 07:30, stopping to collect passengers at Bolton and Blackburn. We head northwards through the Ribble Valley through Clitheroe to Chatburn, where we will make a stop for water.Continuing along the Ribble Valley, we pass through Hellifield and reach Settle Junction, where the Settle & Carlisle line commences its arduous 72- mile climb over the Pennines.

Passing through Settle station, the scenery becomes very rugged as we tackle the 1 in 100 gradient on the climb to Blea Moor tunnel.The landscape is very picturesque as we pass Pen y Ghent near Horton in Ribblesdale, and we have views of the other peaks of Ingleborough and Whernside as we approach Ribblehead.We will now cross the famous Ribblehead Viaduct with its 24 arches spanning Batty Moss over 100 feet below.

Clinging precariously to the hillside overlooking Dentdale, we pass through the highest station in England at Dent and continue through Garsdale to the summit of the line at Ais Gill, 1169 feet above sea level. Running down the gradients, we run through Mallerstang Edge to Kirkby Stephen and onwards towards the Eden Valley at Appleby.We will pause for water at Langwathby before continuing to our destination for the afternoon at Carlisle. We stay in the Border City for around two hours, providing ample time to visit the castle, cathedral, museum and shops, or just to relax in one of the many fine coffee shops, restaurants or bars.

After our break in Carlisle, we head southwards along the West Coast Main line towards Penrith.We skirt the eastern edge of the Lake District as we travel through the Cumbria Fells before we pass over Shap Summit, 916 feet above sea level.Running through the Lune Gorge, we speed through Oxenholme and make our way to Carnforth, where we say goodbye to British India Line.

Our onward journey to Preston, Bolton and Manchester Victoria will be diesel hauled, arriving in Manchester at 19.20 and the end of a truly marvellous day.


*Passengers from Preston travel by service train to Blackburn on the outward journey.

Train Fares

Fares Adult Junior Family
Premier £259 £175 £781
First £159 £102 £471
Standard £99 £70 £303

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

First Class includes morning tea or coffee with a bacon/breakfast roll and a Danish pastry and an afternoon service of tea or coffee with a savoury of the day followed by a scone with butter and jam.

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

Tables for two can be guaranteed in first class and premier dining for a supplement of £25 per person (subject to availability).

A buffet car is available and serves tea, coffee, snacks and light refreshments.

Train Timings

ACTUAL timings shown

Station Outward Return
Manchester Victoria 07:34 19:20
Bolton 08:08 18:58
Preston 07:27* 18:32
Blackburn 08:58 -----
Carlisle 13:19 15:20
*Passengers from Preston will be provided with train tickets to Blackburn. There will be a stop at Preston on the return.