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The Flying Scotsman Christmas Dalesman

Wednesday 18 December 2019

Manchester to Carlisle

Departing: Manchester Victoria, Bolton, Preston (Outward) Blackburn (Return)
This trip is scheduled to be hauled by 60103 The Flying Scotsman.

Due to planning restrictions, we have now been issued with a revised route for this trip on the 18th December to Carlisle - The altered route will now head North up the Westcoast main line over Shap on the outbound journey and on the return journey we will travel south along the famous Settle - Carlisle Line.

Join us for a great day out to remember. For the first part of our journey from Manchester to Carnforth the trip will be hauled by a vintage diesel engine. At Carnforth the 'Flying Scotsman' famous steam engine will take over for the journey to Carlisle via the West Coast Main Line which takes us over Shap - the highest point on the line - and past The English Lake District,.

After a break of over three hours in Carlisle, we head south for the return journey, where it is steam all the way from Carlisle to Manchester!! aboard our heritage steam hauled train along the famous Settle to Carlisle line.

The Flying Scotsman set two world records for steam traction, becoming the first steam locomotive to be officially authenticated at reaching 100 miles per hour (160.9 km/h) on 30 November 1934, and then setting a record for the longest non-stop run by a steam locomotive when it ran 422 miles (679 km) on 8 August 1989 while in Australia.

Departing Manchester around 07:30 we make our way to Bolton, then Preston (we can pick passengers up in Preston, but on the return journey passengers would have to disembark at Blackburn).


Premier DiningFirst ClassStandard Class

Premier Dining: Includes an at seat silver service of full English Breakfast in the morning with complimentary Bucks Fizz and a four course meal on the return journey all freshly prepared by our skilled chefs on board the train. 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).

First Class: Passengers will be served freshly brewed coffee, fine teas and biscuits on both the outward journey and the return journey, plus access to the buffet car for the purchase of light refreshments.

Standard Class: Passengers have access to a buffet for the purchase of light refreshments.

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!

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
Manchester Victoria 07:45 21:22
Bolton 08:08 20:30
Preston (Outward) Blackburn (Return) 08:35 19:25
Carlisle 11:36 15:06
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