The Pendle Dalesman

The Pendle Dalesman

Please Note: This trip is part hauled by vintage diesel and part hauled by steam

Wolverhampton to Carlisle
Departs – Thursday 20 September 2018

From Wolverhampton, Stafford, Stoke on Trent and Crewe.

Join us for a nostalgic day to remember, travelling behind a vintage steam locomotive along England's most famous railway.

Our carriagies will be diesel-hauled from our starting point to Hellifield, which is just south of Settle Junction - the start of the famous line to Border country. At Hellifield, our diesel will be detached and our vintage steam engine takes over for the thrilling ride through the rugged Dales countryside to the attractive city of Carlisle.

From the outset, the engine will have to work hard as it hauls our train up 'The Long Drag - a climb to Ais Gil summit the highest point of the line at 1,169 feet above sea level. The thunderous noise of the engine and the evocative smells of smoke and the sight of steam will bring back memories of days gone by, as our train makes its way north.

Continuing on, we pass over the stunning Ribblehead Viaduct before plunging into Blea Moor Tunnel - the longest on the line. We leave the views of the three peaks behind as we pass through Dent, the highest station on the line. We then make our way through Kirkby Stephen and pretty Appleby, with its castle and the scenery opens out into the more sedate rolling countryside of the Eden Valley.

After enjoying views of the River Eden and the Eden Gorge, we arrive in Carlisle where there will be time for a photo or two before the engine is replenished and prepared for another hard run back to Hellifield and a second chance to enjoy the beautiful vistas from the train.

At Hellifield we say goodbye to our steam engine and diesel once again takes over for the run home.

PREMIER DINING CLASS: Includes an at seat silver service of full English Breakfast in the morning and a four course meal on the return journey all freshly prepared by our skilled chefs on board the train.

FIRST CLASS: First Class passengers will be served a selection of Tulip Muffins, freshly brewed coffee and fine teas on the outward journey and a savoury refreshment box followed by cake of the day and freshly brewed coffee and fine teas on the return journey.

CHILDREN UNDER 5 can be brought on the train free of charge only if not taking up a seat and sharing seats with accompanying adults.

REFRESHMENTS: A buffet counter service of snacks, hot and cold drinks, and alcoholic beverages is available to all our Standard and First Class passengers throughout the day. You are also welcome to bring your own refreshments or indeed a tasty picnic to enjoy as the countryside passes by!

First Class and Premier Dining passengers can book a private table for a supplement of £20.00 per person.


The following Pick-Up and Set-Down stations are available on this excursion

Final Timings Outward Return
Wolverhampton 06:26 23:51
Stafford 07:05 23:22
Stoke on Trent 07:37 22:55
Crewe 08:38 22:32
Carlisle 14:12 16:35