Rail Tours

The Citadel Steam Special

Manchester to Carlisle

13th April 2019

Join us for a great day out to remember aboard our heritage steam hauled train which will take you on a scenic journey along the Settle and Carlisle line and returning on the West Coast Main Line. 

Enjoy the stunning Dales scenery as we make our way through Settle and over the famous Ribblehead Viaduct. Continuing north from Ribblehead we plunge into Blea Moor tunnel, the longest on the line. We then enjoy sweeping views along Dentdale as we pass through the highest station on the line, Dent. The stunning scenery continues as we head north to the more gentle landscape of the Eden Valley, the Eden Gorge and our destination - the border city of Carlisle.  After a break of around two hours in Carlisle, with its pedestrianised shopping centre, Castle and cathedral to enjoy, we return on the West Coast Main Line which takes us over Shap - the highest point on the line - and past The English Lake District, before returning to your home stations.  

Departing Manchester around 07:30 we make our way to Bolton, then Blackburn (we can pick passengers up in Blackburn, but the return journey would be dropped off in Preston). From Blackburn we make our way to Hellifield, where the journey really begins.

The trip will be double headed with two engines being used from the pool of three. Possible engines hauling this trip are LMS Black 5's, 45407 'The Lancashire Fusilier', 45212 or 44871.


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