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Scheduled Steam-Hauled Services For the Settle And Carlisle Railway

The iconic Settle and Carlisle Railway has not had a good recent history.

A section in the Wikipedia entry for the line called 2015–16 Temporary Closures, gives full details of the damage wreaked by various storms. The section finishes with this statement.

The £23 million project is now scheduled for completion by the end of March 2017.

This gives an indication of the serious nature of the damage.

Northern obviously feel that some good publicity is needed to tell everybody that the Settle and Carlisle Line is open for business.

This article in Rail Magazine is entitled Steam to run timetabled Northern trains on S&C.

It describes how Steam trains in the form of the appropriate  Tornado will be running two return services on each of February 14, 15 and 16.

This is said.

Steam trains formed of Mk 2 carriages will replace DMUs on timetabled trains over the Settle & Carlisle (S&C) route next month.

A1 ‘Pacific’ 60163 Tornado, completed in 2008, will haul the Northern trains over the S&C between Skipton and Appleby on three consecutive days. The first timetabled ordinary main line passenger steam trains to run in England for 50 years are the result of a pioneering modern and heritage industry alliance, formed to help revive the economic fortunes of the beleaguered S&C.

It is certainly a commitment to the future of the route.

January 14, 2017 - Posted by | Transport |

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