The Citadel

The Citadel


The Citadel Steam Special

Manchester to Carlisle
Departs – Saturday 09 November 2019

From Manchester Victoria and Bolton.

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 & Carlisle Line to the border city of Carlisle, then returning along the West Coast line.

Black 5 44871This trip relives the famous 'Fifteen Guinea Special' run in August 1968. One of the Black 5's planned to be hauling this trip (44871) was used for the return leg of the original Fifteen Guinea Special, from Carlisle to Manchester.

The trip will be double headed with two engines being used from the pool of three. Possible engines hauling this trip are the 45157 'The Glasgow Highlander', the 45212 or the 44871.

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.

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.

First opening to passengers in 1876, the Settle - Carlisle line takes in 20 viaducts, 14 tunnels and countless beautiful vistas along its 72 mile track. This historic line travels across the stunning Pennine hills, showcasing the English countryside at its best.

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, to Carnforth, where we leave our steam engines behind and return to your home stations with a heritage Diesel engine hauling us.

Ribblehead Viaduct Yorkshire Dales

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.

Regretfully we are unable to offer any other special dietary requirements (i.e. nut allergy, vegan, gluten free diets etc).

Click here to view the sample dining menu

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!

Premier Dining and First Class passengers can book a private table for 2 for a supplement of £20.00 per person (subject to availability).


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

Provisional Timings Outward Return
Manchester Victoria TBC TBC
Bolton TBC TBC
Blackburn TBC No Drop Off
Preston No Pick Up TBC
Carlisle TBC TBC