We are running a special diesel-hauled excursion from Carlisle to York via the famous Settle Carlisle line on Saturday 25 November.
The ‘Christmas Comet’, operated by the West Coast Railway Company, will depart Carlisle at approximately 0700, arriving in York at about 1100. The return journey will depart at about 1600. This will give you ample time to explore the historic city and soak up the atmosphere of its famous ‘St Nicholas Fair’ Christmas markets.
Whilst many rail excursions travel to Carlisle, it is a rare opportunity for passengers to travel on a rail excursion from Carlisle.
You will travel in style on the diesel-hauled, ten-carriage train; seated at tables of four throughout standard class. Refreshments will be on sale from the buffet car. In the first-class section, complimentary hot drinks will be served and an at-seat trolley service will be on hand throughout the journey. A festive atmosphere is guaranteed. Father Christmas is planning to park up his sleigh for the day and make an appearance on board, assisted by his happy elves.
The train will call at: Langwathby, Appleby, Kirkby Stephen, Garsdale, Settle and Skipton. Standard class return fares start at £65.00 (over 12 years) and £40.00 for children over 5.
A very limited number of first class tickets are available.
The Settle-Carlisle line was hard-hit last year by engineering works, with residents at the northern end of the line experiencing the worst of the disruption to their rail services. Since repairs were completed at the end of March, passenger numbers have been extremely healthy, as locals and tourists have been keen to get back on to the line. This excursion should be the icing on the cake.
Drew Haley, General Manager of the Development Co said:
“This should be a fantastic excursion – a chance to travel in comfort to one of the UK’s most fascinating destinations, especially so at Christmas. We also want to do something positive for the Settle Carlisle railway’s local residents after all the difficulties of last year”