Trains hauled by ‘A1’ class ‘Pacific’ Tornado will replace DMUs on timetabled Northern passenger services over the Settle & Carlisle (S&C) route between Skipton and Appleby next month.
This will be the first time timetabled ordinary main line passenger steam trains run in England for 50 years, the result of a heritage industry alliance, formed to help revive the economic fortunes of the S&C line as well as the towns and villages surrounding it.
The collaboration which has made the event possible comprises of Northern, Network Rail, DB Cargo, the A1 Steam Locomotive Trust and Friends of the S&C, together with RAIL and Steam Railway, who came up with the proposal two years ago.
Trains formed of Mk.II carriages hauled by 60163 will replace modified DMU paths on February 14-16. The chosen schedules will be the 10.45am ex-Skipton and 15.07pm ex-Appleby which will be supplemented by morning and evening extras, running in reverse order.
The railway, opened in 1875, was closed off by a major landslip last February and has been out of action ever since. The announcement of its reopening comes as a positive start to the year, and will even see Flying Scotsman taking part in the official reopening celebrations of line, which will carry passengers along the S&C, passing 20 viaducts, 14 tunnels and through restored Midland stations along the 72 mile track.
Tickets bought in advance or from National Rail ticket offices will be permissible for travel on the DMU replacement services.