Wednesday 11th August 2021

Settle & Carlisle Steam Special

Crewe, Preston

The Experience

Northern Belle Crest Logo

A wonderful steam hauled journey on the greatest line in England featured on Channel 5's "World's most scenic railway journeys"

Your journey begins in style with a glass of Grand Marque champagne. Once settled into your plush armchair in our stylish dining carriages, a light brunch is served on route to Carnforth.

This is where we join the steam locomotive for our mini day trip to Carlisle.

You will have time for a short leg stretch into Carlisle while the train resets for dinner and you can look forward to a delectable five course dinner served on the return.

We will have plenty of time to take photographs of the Steam engine in Carlisle station, have your picture taken infront of the loco and chat to the firemen and driver.

Highlight of the journey will be travelling over the famous Settle & Carlisle railway line during dinner.

The route, which crosses the remote, scenic regions of the Yorkshire Dales and the North Pennines, runs between Settle Junction, on the Leeds to Morecambe line, and Carlisle, near the English-Scottish borders

Admire the opulent interior design of your carriage, which evokes the 1930s “Belle” trains, each vintage carriage is decked out in luxurious details. Look around and discover plush fabrics and handcrafted murals.


  • Spectacular scenic journey by steam over the Settle & Carlisle hauled by Princess Elizabeth locomotive from Preston
  • Welcome sparkling Bellini reception
  • Delightful brunch on the outward journey
  • Morning tea and coffee
  • Time to explore Carlisle at leisure / Photograph the Engine.
  • Champagne reception back on board
  • Sumptuous Five-course dinner: British seasonal table d’hote menu including an award winning cheese board
  • Complementary bottle of wine per couple
  • Tea, coffee and petit fours.


Affectionately known as "Lizzie" this locomotive was built in 1933 and named after a then young Princess later to become Queen Elizabeth 11. It is one of the two remaining preserved Princess Royal Class Locos.

"Lizzie" played a key role on the Diamond Jubilee celebrations - her whistle signalled the start of the Thames Jubilee Pageant and hauled the Royal Train during the Diamond Jubilee Tour.

Our special steam program reunites this Royal Engine with our oldest carriage Duart which was once part of the Royal Train.


The Northern Belle will steam majestically off towards the spectacular 72-mile Settle-Carlisle line. Painstakingly hewn out of the North Pennine moors and Yorkshire Dales during the 1870s by an army of 6,000 navvies, this has been voted number two in a list of “The World’s 10 Greatest Train Journeys”.

“Past cotton-grass and moorland boulder, Shovelling white steam over her shoulder” (to quote W H Auden’s famous “Night Mail poem), we will race through picturesque Appleby before working hard to reach the top of Ais Gill (1,169ft, 356m). Then the Northern Belle drops down to Garsdale until eventually – “Snorting noisily as she passes, Silent miles of wind-bent grasses” – she steams into Settle.

On the way, we will have plunged through 14 tunnels, including the 1.5mile (2404m) long Blea Moor Tunnel, and crossed 22 viaducts, notably the magnificent 24-arch, quarter-mile (402m) long and 104ft (32m) high one at Ribblehead.

Finally after reaching the pretty little town of Hellifield, we head west through Blackburn and back to Preston. Our trip may be over, but we will have memories to last a lifetime.

The journey will be steam hauled from Carnforth - Carlisle - Settle - Preston.

Heritage Diesel locomotive will be used from Crewe-Preston to Carnforth.

£ 390.00 Per Passenger

Crewe Station


Preston Station

Timings are provisional and subject to Network Rail confirmation 7 days prior to departure.


  • Bookings of one or two attract a surcharge of £90 for a private table for two
  • All timings shown on this website are for your guidance only—a confirmed schedule will be supplied with your travel documents
  • Please ensure you bring your travel documents on the day of your journey
  • If booking up to eight (8) weeks prior to departure, a non-refundable 15% deposit is required to secure your seats
  • Payment is required in full if you are booking within eight (8) weeks of travel
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Our Best Available rate is subject to availability at time of booking, it is not applicable for parties of 12 or more. Please contact for group pricing.