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The Christmas Border Raider


Saturday 1 December 2018

A festive trip on the Settle & Carlisle Railway!

Our Christmas train not only combines a festive journey by steam, but there is a wonderful chance to travel over the stunningly beautiful Settle and Carlisle route. Furthermore, on arrival in Carlisle the Christmas Market will be in full swing – perfect for buying your gifts, or just enjoying the great food and drink they have on offer.

Tornado will be at the head of our train throughout as we travel via Stafford, Crewe and Blackburn before heading north and on to the famous Settle and Carlisle Railway itself. The route is known as the ‘Long Drag’ because of the heavy gradients all the way to Ribblehead Viaduct and Blea Moor Tunnel.

We will soar over high viaducts and plunge through deep cuttings as we head through the wild landscape for Carlisle. Passengers have over two hours to enjoy Carlisle, where the station is close to the Cathedral and nearby pedestrian shopping area for the Christmas Market. Tornado will then lead us back, taking the direct route along the edge of the Lake District via Shap Summit and on to Lancaster and Preston. Here Tornado takes water before regaining our outward route and returning us to the West Midlands covering over 400 miles, all by steam.

This tour is promoted by The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust with UK Railtours acting as ticket agents. All profits will go towards keeping Tornado on the main line in future years.

All timings are provisional and intended only as a guide.

StationDepartArrive
Tame Bridge Parkway07.1522.25
Birmingham New Street07.4522.10
Wolverhampton08.1021.55
Stafford08.4521.20
Crewe09.1520.45