Settle Carlisle Thunderer I

Settle Carlisle Thunderer I

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


Peterborough to Carlisle
Departs – Saturday 02 March 2019

From Peterborough, Grantham, Newark, Retford, Doncaster .

Join us for a thrilling return tour over England’s most famous railway, the Settle to Carlisle and enjoy a nostalgic journey behind steam to bring back memories of rail travel from days gone by.

Departing Peterborough around 0600 with diesel traction in charge, we pick up as detailed to Doncaster (departs approx 0734), from where we make our way past Leeds and through Skipton to Hellifield. At Hellifield our steam engine takes over for a scenic journey through the Yorkshire Dales and the Eden Valley to Carlisle.

Our steam engine will have to work hard as it climbs the steep gradients and tackles the twisting route of this famous railway line. The journey offers stunning views of the Three Peaks and Dentdale before continuing through the rugged scenery of the Mallerstang. We have requested a photo stop in Appleby before continuing on through the rolling scenery of the Eden Valley to Carlisle, Englands historic border city.

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 the Settle Carlisle once more to Hellifield, where we say goodbye to steam and our diesel engine takes charge once again to bring us back to home stations where we expect to arrive mid to late evening.

Premier Dining Settle to Carlisle LineOn the outward journey passengers will be served a full English breakfast with complimentary Buck's Fizz plus elevenses or light lunch (depending on finalised timings). Champagne and canapés followed by a delicious four course dinner accompanied by a quarter bottle of wine, will be served on the return journey.

Premier First Class passengers will be served a breakfast roll on the outward leg and freshly made sandwiches, a scone, jam and butter will be served on the return journey. To accompany this, there will be a complimentary service of tea and coffee on both journeys.

Standard and First Class passengers will have access to a buffet for the purchase of tea, coffee and light refreshments. You are also welcome to bring your own refreshments or indeed a tasty picnic to enjoy as the countryside passes by!

First Class, Premier 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.

Stations Outward Return
Peterborough 06:00 22:13
Grantham 06:34 21:44
Newark North Gate 06:52 21:24
Retford 07:11 20:47
Doncaster 07:34 20:22
Carlisle 13:04 15:20