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The Anniversary Express


Celebrate the 30thAnniversary of the Saving of the Iconic

Settle – Carlisle Railway


Carlisle to Chester
Departs: Saturday 13thJuly 2019

Calling at Carlisle, Appleby, Kirkby Stephen, Settle, Hellifield and Clitheroe

Please note: This excursion will be hauled by a vintage diesel locomotive.

From the historic border city of Carlisle to the Roman city of Chester, travel in style this Summer behind our loco-hauled vintage train, along one of the world’s greatest railways.

Dine in style with a fantastic at seat silver service option, enjoying First class opulence in vintage rail carriages from a bygone era.  Whatever your budget, we have option to suit you on this unique anniversary excursion.

The Anniversary Express excursion will run on Saturday the 13thJuly 2019.  The train will depart from Carlisle at approximately 08.00 hrs calling at Appleby, Kirkby Stephen, Settle, Hellifield and Clitheroe and arrive in Chester at around 12.00 noon.

The return journey will depart from Chester at approximately 16:30 hrs. This allows for ample time to explore some of the walled city’s 2,000 year-old Roman history, experience the unique high-street architecture laden with boutique stores and independent shops, or drink and dine in the many specialist restaurants, cafés and bars. Arrival back at Carlisle will provisionally be at 20:30 hrs.

You, and your guests, will travel in style and comfort on a loco-hauled, vintage train. With three travel packages to choose from- First Class with Premier Dining, First Class and Standard – make this the Summer trip to remember…

*Please note that exact arrival and departure times for each station will be confirmed by email and on our website nearer to the date of the excursion.



Ticket Tiers & Catering Options


First Class with Premier Dining:

Please note: Due to the time required by this service, First Class with Premier Dining is only available to passengers boarding at Carlisle, Appleby and Kirkby Stephen.

On boarding, passengers will receive an at seat silver service including complimentary Bucks Fizz with a choice of cooked Breakfast, cereals, freshly brewed coffee and a selection of fine teas. On the return journey, passengers will be served a three-course meal.

All meals provided in Premier Dining are freshly prepared onboard by The Gravy Train Catering Company. A Vegetarian meal option is available upon request.

Requirement of a vegetarian meal(s), for each passenger, must be confirmed when purchasing your ticket(s). It is not possible to request vegetarian options on the day of travel.

Regretfully, due to the constraints associated with on train catering we are unable to offer any other special dietary requirements (i.e. nut allergy, vegan, gluten free diets etc).

To view a sample menu, please click here.

Supplement:  A private table for two in First Class with Premier Dining is available for an additional £20.00 per person.


First Class:

Passengers will enjoy an at seat service of freshly brewed coffee, fine teas and light snacks on both the outward and return journeys.

Supplement:  A private table for two in First Class is available for an additional £20.00 per person.


Standard Class:

Adult Standard and Child Standard return fares are available.



A buffet counter service of snacks, hot and cold drinks, and alcoholic beverages will be available throughout the outward and return journeys.


Purchase Tickets Here:

Tickets can be purchased from our online shop here.



Ticket Prices


Purchase Tickets Here:

Tickets can be purchased from our online shop here.



How to Purchase Tickets


Tickets can be purchased from our online shop here.

Alternatively, you can call our Appleby office between 9.30 am and 3 pm, Monday-Friday on 017683 53200.

If you have a query, please see our Frequently Asked Questions below.



Frequently Asked Questions


Please click here to view a list of frequently asked questions for The Anniversary Express Excursion.



Terms and Conditions


Full terms and conditions for the Anniversary Express excursion can be viewed and downloaded here.



  • The Anniversary Express

    Click here to find out about The Anniversary Express, a vintage diesel-hauled excursion travelling from Carlisle to Chester along the iconic Settle-Carlisle railway. Travel in style this July – purchase tickets here!