The popular steam hauled ‘Fellsman’ returns to the spectacular Settle to Carlisle railway in 2013 for its fifth summer season, running on Wednesday’s over the roof of England – With great limestone peaks and deep valleys the legendary ‘Settle to Carlisle’ line is a masterpiece of Victorian engineering including the great 24 arched viaduct at Ribblehead, with time available for either sightseeing in Carlisle - or an optional tour of the Lake District by vintage coach and cruise on beautiful Ullswater.
The train is steam hauled throughout and the locomotive will be chosen from the historic pool of engines based at Carnforth including: LMS Royal Scot 46115 ‘Scots Guardsman’ – LMS Jubilee 5690 ‘Leander’ – LMS Stanier Black Five 44932 – LMS Jubilee 45699 ‘Galatea’.
The Settle & Carlisle line is known for its magnificent scenery and steep gradient so our engine will be working hard as we climb to the magnificent Ribblehead Viaduct with stunning views of the three peaks. Passengers get a marvellous view down Dent Dale as the train emerges from Blea Moor tunnel and approaching Garsdale you will see sweeping views of Wensleydale - with our engine in full flight we climb at 1 in 100 towards the summit of the line at Ais Gill. Travelling on through the lush Eden Valley to the historic border city of Carlisle where we arrive about 13.00 for a stop of up to two hours. You may choose to stroll between the castle and cathedral or perhaps visit the famous Tullie House Museum – all surrounded by great places to shop, eat or be entertained so creating the perfect way to spend an afternoon.
Our train will return from Carlisle about 15.30 and time permitting a photographic and water stop will be made at Appleby prior to the long hard climb over the same spectacular route giving another opportunity to experience the beauty of the high Pennines.
ULLSWATER CRUISE We are pleased to offer an optional tour by leaving the train at Appleby and boarding a classic 1950’s coach for a memorable journey through the spectacular and tranquil Lake District to the pretty village of Glenridding followed with an hour’s cruise by historic steamer on England’s most beautiful lake, Ullswater. Nestling below Helvellyn offering panoramic vistas we sail over the full length of the lake to Pooley Bridge and return by coach to Appleby where you rejoin the ‘Fellsman’. This tour must be pre-booked as seating is strictly limited. Supplement: £20 per person (Please note this tour is not suitable for those with impaired mobility or wheelchairs)
We have 4 different classes of travel available on board our train, but whichever you choose remember to book early in order to avoid disappointment:
Standard Class Reserved seating is arranged in groups of 4 around a table with bookings for 2 seated side by side with one window seat and one aisle seat - a buffet bar is available throughout most of the journey for the purchase of hot & cold beverages, snacks and alcoholic drinks. It is in order to bring on board your own hamper and picnics for consumption on or off the train. Adult......£69 Child (15 yrs & under).....£49 Party of 4.....£256
Family of 4 ticket (Combination of Adults & Children)......£210
First Class Reserved seating is arranged in groups of 4 or 2 around a table with additional legroom, wide seats and panoramic windows. Complimentary tea/coffee & biscuits is included and a buffet bar is available throughout most of the journey for the purchase of hot & cold beverages, snacks and alcoholic drinks. It is in order to bring on board your own hamper and picnics for consumption on or off the train should you so desire. Adult......£105 Party of 4......£400 Guaranteed window tables for 2 are available at a supplement of £20 per person
Premier Dining Seating is arranged in groups of 4 or 2 around a table in 1st class carriages. A full English breakfast and three course dinner with coffee and chocolates will be prepared on board by our chefs and silver served at your reserved seat by liveried stewards. A full wine & drinks list is available with an ‘at seat’ service during the meals. Adult.......£180 Party of 4.....£700 Guaranteed window tables for 2 are available at a supplement of £20 per person
Premier Dining and the GWR Saloon are not suitable for children under the age of 12 years.
GWR Saloon Travel in style on board our historic carriage built 83 years ago in 1930 for the Directors of the Great Western Railway and formerly used on prestigious services – it was even part of the GWR Royal train, with seating for just 14 guests at tables of 4 or 2. It has wide observation windows, a dining saloon and private lounge. The meal service is the same as Premier dining with the addition of Bucks Fizz with breakfast - and canapés, glass of champagne & quarter bottle of wine with dinner. Adult (minimum 2).....£250
Due to timing constraints Premier Dining & GWR Saloon is not available from Clitheroe or Long Preston
Book online save 5% Generous group discounts are available for bookings of 15 or more – call reservations for details 0845 310 2458 or 0845 310 2489
Why not leave the car at home and take a scheduled rail service to connect into 'The Fellsman'
NORTHERN RAIL We have arranged a discounted add-on ticket for a special price of just £5 return to connect into the ‘Fellsman’ at either Preston or Blackburn. You may travel from stations within Lancashire, Greater Manchester and Merseyside on ‘Northern Rail’ services only. This advance purchase value ticket must be booked through Statesman Rail and is only valid in conjunction with, and on the same day as your ‘Fellsman’ ticket. It cannot be purchased on the day of travel, or from stations, other retail outlets or agents. It is the customer’s responsibility to ensure that the connecting rail service is operated by ‘Northern Rail’ as these tickets are non-refundable once purchased. www.northernrail.org
VIRGIN TRAINS Hopping onboard a Virgin Train from London, the Midlands and Scotland is the best, fastest and cheapest way to connect into ‘The Fellsman’ at Preston or Lancaster. With all routes operated by super-swanky 125mph tilting Pendolino and Super Voyager trains. Also, if you're feeling like something special, give First Class a try it's not as expensive as you might think, and you get free food and drinks - Plus, with cheap Advance fares, you can experience the best of Britain for the tiniest of prices.www.virgintrains.com
CARLISLE The historic city of Carlisle, where we have an afternoon break of around 3 hours, lies close to the Scottish border and the rail station is right in the heart of the city with many of the eateries, Cathedral, Castle, Tullie House Museum and shopping centre within a few minutes’ walk. Visit www.discovercarlisle.co.uk to plan your stay.
HOTELS & SHORT BREAKS
If you are including the ‘Fellsman' as part of a short break may we recommend the following hotels for which we have arranged a special discounted rate of £77.50 per room per night on a bed & breakfast basis. Please contact the hotels direct and state you have a reservation on the ‘Fellsman’.
Lancaster PENNY STREET BRIDGE HOTEL A quality three star hotel with an excellent restaurant serving traditional Lancashire cuisine – only 7 minutes walk from the station.
Tel: 01524 599900 www.pennystreetbridge.co.uk
Settle THE LION AT SETTLE A quality three star newly refurbished hotel in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales National Park – only 4.5 miles from Long Preston station.