Saturday, 27 June 2020

Class 47's to Operate Summer Service on Settle & Carlisle Railway

From 20th July a new charter train service, operated by Rail Charter Services Ltd, will run a dedicated timetabled tourist service along the iconic Settle to Carlisle railway. Following weeks of restrictions on leisure travel, this new socially distanced first-class charter train service will provide the opportunity to experience one of the UK’s most historic and scenic rail journeys.

The Class 47 hauled charter train service provides a bespoke timetabled tourist service to passengers wishing to explore Settle-Carlisle country, whether visiting the area or local to the region. 

The new timetabled service will run three times per day between Skipton, Settle, and non-stop to Appleby. 

The charter train service consists of four Mark 3 First-Class coaches (FOs) and one Mark 2 compartment brake vehicle (BFK), the latter not open for public use. The train will be hauled by two class 47 locomotives, one at either end. 

With reclining seats at a private table and large windows for viewing the counties dramatic scenery, guests will travel in style and comfort on this socially distanced excursion.

An on-board guide will also be available to provide a limited commentary as the train passes the many points of interest that punctuate the rail line.

The service has been backed by Jeremy Hosking, who owns Locomotive Services (TOC) Ltd. 
Locomotive Services (TOC) Ltd will operate the trains, and will be promoted through Rail Charter Services Ltd working in cooperation with the Settle Carlisle Railway Development Co Ltd.

This new provision will run alongside the railways daily diesel service, operated by Northern Trains, to provide additional capacity to the iconic route through the peak post-lockdown period.

John Thomas, director of policy at the Rail Delivery Group, commented on the planned excursions by saying:

“As an industry we positively welcome innovative ideas that will help to boost capacity, once travelling by public transport for leisure is no longer being discouraged by government.

As restrictions are eased, these extra services will help to support people to travel more safely and boost the local tourist industry by enabling people to enjoy a beautiful part of the country.”

Join us in celebrating the re-opening of the world-famous rail line on this unique charter train excursion. With views of the diverse Yorkshire Dales’ scenery, breathtaking heights from the top of the Ribblehead Viaduct, and the awe-inspiring remote fells of Westmorland; make new memories this summer on this unforgettable charter train excursion.

With car parking available at and near to Skipton, Settle and Appleby railway stations- leave the car behind, sit back and let us do the driving!"

Day Return fares start from just £29 per person, or £99 for a family of four.
To purchase tickets visit the Rail Charter Services website here.

More information here