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Cumbrian Mountain Steam Special

Saturday 29 February 2020

Peterborough to Carlisle

Departing: Peterborough, Grantham, Newark Northgate, Retford, Doncaster
Steam from Preston - to Carlisle.
Please Note: This trip is part hauled by vintage diesel and part hauled by steam

Join us for a scenic tour that takes us across country to Preston from where steam haulage takes over to Carlisle to offer a thrilling ride over Shap with magnificent views across the English Lake District. After a break in Carlisle our vintage diesel locomotive takes over for a return journey along the Tyne Valley and East Coast route to home stations.

Departing Peterborough around 0630 with diesel traction in charge, we pick up as detailed to Doncaster (departs approx 0815), from where we make our way across country to Preston. At Preston our steam engine takes over for a scenic journey through Lancaster, Oxenholme and over Shap summit to Carlisle.

Our steam engine will have to work hard as it climbs the steep gradients and tackles the twisting route of this section of the West Coast Main Line to Carlisle. The journey offers stunning views of the mountains of the English Lake District and the noise of steam and the smell of smoke bring back nostalgic memories of rail travel from days gone by.

After a break in Carlisle of around two hours, an attractive city with its Castle, ancient city gates and pedestrianised centre, we make our return run. We travel behind a vintage diesel locomotive through the rolling hills of the Tyne Valley towards Newcastle from where we turn south and head through Durham and York to home stations where we expect to arrive mid to late evening.


Premier DiningPremier First ClassFirst ClassStandard Class

Premier Dining: Passengers will be served a full English breakfast with complementary Bucks Fizz plus elevenses or light lunch (depending on finalised timings) on the outward journey. A delicious four course evening meal preceded by canapés and Champagne will be served on the return journey. Dinner will be accompanied with a half bottle of wine per person. We kindly ask that passengers do not consume their own alcoholic drinks in Premier Dining Class.

We are able to offer a vegetarian menu with 7 days advance notification but regretfully we are unable to offer any other special dietary requirements (i.e. nut allergy, vegan, gluten free diets etc).

Premier First Class: Passengers will be served a breakfast roll on the outward journey and sandwiches and scone on the return run, this will be accompanied by a service of tea or coffee.

First Class: The carriage is traditional First Class seating with more legroom and width than standard class. The seating is six seats across each row set out as a table for two and a table of four. Although food and beverages are not included in this class of travel, First Class passengers will have access to the buffet carriage for the purchase of light refreshments. You are also welcome to bring your own refreshments or indeed a tasty picnic to enjoy as the countryside passes by!

Standard: Our Standard Class carriages offer the same train experience at exceptional value for money. All our standard class passengers travel in refurbished vintage Mark I or Mark II coaches and will have access to the buffet carriage for the purchase of teas, coffees and light snacks.

Supplement for a private table for two in first class and dining £20.00 per passenger. Fares are subject to a £3.75 booking fee.

Confirmed Timings
Station Outward Return
Peterborough 06:09 21:10
Grantham 06:39 20:41
Newark Northgate 06:57 20:22
Retford 07:16 20:03
Doncaster 07:38 19:42
Carlisle 14:30 16:08
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