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VIDEO - Thousands enjoy the return of steam to scheduled services

Settle to Carlisle

4:49pm 17th February 2017

Thousands of people were left smiling this week after steam made a welcome return to the Settle and Carlisle line. Northern took its customers to a bygone age by replacing regular timetabled services with a steam service – hauled by the A1 locomotive Tornado.

VIDEO - ITV News coverage on Youtube this week


The idea, which came to fruition thanks to strong partnership work between Northern, DB Cargo UK, A1 Steam Locomotive Trust, Friends of Settle and Carlisle Line (FoSCL), Rail and Steam Railway, was to give something back to people who use the line regularly and have had to contend with disrupted services for more than a year following a land slip at Eden Brows in February 2016.


Paul Barnfield, Regional Director at Northern, said:

“Tornado’s visit to the Settle and Carlisle line has been fantastic. During the three days more than 5,500 people travelled on the steam services and it was great to see so many Northern customers entering into the spirit of the celebration.

This was the first timetabled steam service in England for almost 50 years and to be able to bring Tornado to such an iconic and visually stunning line, as a way of saying thank you, was a genuine pleasure.”


The full reopening of the Leeds-Settle-Carlisle route is on 31st March

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