Last updated: Tues 4th August 2020.

Welcome back to the iconic Settle-Carlisle Railway…

This Summer, Rail Charter Services brings The Staycation Express, an exclusive tourist-centred Charter Train service operating daily between Skipton, Settle & Appleby, to the iconic rail line.

Monday 20th July – Saturday 12th September 2020

Following weeks of restrictions on leisure travel, the aptly named ‘Staycation Express’ offers you and your loved ones the opportunity to experience one of the UK’s most historic and scenic rail journeys aboard a socially distanced, first-class charter train service.

The new charter train service provides a bespoke timetabled tourist service to passengers wishing to explore Settle-Carlisle country, whether visiting the area or local to the region.  The new timetabled service will run three times per day between Skipton, Settle, and non-stop to Appleby.  With reclining seats at a private table and large windows for viewing the counties dramatic scenery, guests will travel in style and comfort on this socially distanced excursion.  An on-board guide will also be available to provide a limited commentary as the train passes the many points of interest that punctuate the rail line.

This new provision will run alongside the railways daily diesel service, operated by Northern Trains, to provide additional capacity to the iconic route through the peak post-lockdown period.

John Thomas, director of policy at the Rail Delivery Group, commented on the planned excursions by saying:

“As an industry we positively welcome innovative ideas that will help to boost capacity, once travelling by public transport for leisure is no longer being discouraged by government. As restrictions are eased, these extra services will help to support people to travel more safely and boost the local tourist industry by enabling people to enjoy a beautiful part of the country.”

Join us in celebrating the reopening of the world-famous rail line on this unique charter train excursion.  With views of the diverse Yorkshire Dales’ scenery, breath taking heights from the top of the Ribblehead Viaduct, and the awe-inspiring remote fells of Westmorland; make new memories this summer on this unforgettable charter train excursion.  With car parking available at and near to Skipton, Settle and Appleby railway stations- leave the car behind, sit back and let us do the driving!

Following customer feedback and easing of government regulations, fares now start from just £17.50 (single ticket price based on two people booking from the same social bubble sharing two seats in a bay). Passengers can now take advantage of building their own day itinerary with either a one-way or day return fare option.

Read more about this unique Summer Charter excursion here.

To purchase tickets, visit the Rail Charter Services website here.

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