Trains on track from South Yorkshire for scenic route

Statesman Rail are operating a service from Sheffield over the Settle-to-Carlisle line.
Statesman Rail are operating a service from Sheffield over the Settle-to-Carlisle line.
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Passengers can sit back and enjoy the view when two special trains depart South Yorkshire for one of Britain’s most scenic routes.

This year is the 25th anniversary since the world famous ‘Settle-to-Carlisle’ railway was saved from closure.

To celebrate the occasion Statesman Rail is operating a luxury train from stations in North Derbyshire and South Yorkshire over the route.

Peter Watkinson, Statesman Rail operations director, said: “This is a rare opportunity for an unforgettable journey over this historic and spectacular line, with time for an afternoon sightseeing break in the historic border city of Carlisle.”

Passengers can board the train, on Saturday, May 3, at stations including Chesterfield, Dronfield, Sheffield, Meadowhall and Swinton.

A Statesman Rail spokesman said: “This special tour on board the Statesman land cruise train celebrates the 25th anniversary since the spectacular Settle-to-Carlisle railway was saved from closure.

“It includes a unique journey over the entire route in all its spring glory.

“Leaving behind the industrial architecture of the north our train heads into the Yorkshire Dales for a spectacular journey over the magnificent high Pennines.

“The scale of the scenery is apparent as we pass such famous landmarks as Ribblehead Viaduct and Mallerstang, with stunning views of the three peaks.

“One magnificent sight follows another before we descend into the tranquil Eden Valley and the market town of Appleby, then on to the border city of Carlisle.

Tickets are now on sale for the train, priced from £74 for an adult standard class ticket to £860 for a party of four in a vintage Pullman dining carriage.

For details, visit www.statesmanrail.com

And tickets are now on sale for a special train from North Derbyshire and South Yorkshire over the famous Settle-to-Carlisle route.

The Great Railway Journeys Of Britain charter company is running The Settle-Carlisle 25th Anniversary Special on Saturday, April 12, including pick-ups at Chesterfield and Swinton.

Roger Hardingham, Great Railway Journeys Of Britain spokesman, said: “The Settle-to-Carlisle line meant an awful lot to the people of South Yorkshire who used it to travel north by train to the Yorkshire Dales, Cumbria and Scotland.

“The railway itself is an engineering masterpiece passing through some of the most spectacular scenery in Britain. That’s why people from all over the world are drawn to it.

“Now, 25 years after its reprieve, we felt it was only right to mark the occasion by running a special train over the line, giving people the opportunity to enjoy a memorable day out, while, at the same time, celebrating the railway’s continued existence.”

Anyone interested in travelling on the special train – which features standard class, first class and luxury Pullman class facilities – can book tickets by calling 01305 832906.

Further information is available by visiting www.greatbritishrailway.co.uk and clicking on details for ‘The Settle-Carlisle 25th Anniversary Special’.