Flying Scotsman to mark official Settle - Carlisle reopening

60163 Tornado on a previous crossing of the Ribblehead VIaduct © Creative Commons Licence
Line closed a year ago for repairs will be fully reopened from March 31st
Published Fri, 2017-03-17 13:15

One of the first trains to make the full journey through to Carlisle over the newly repaired line will be the iconic Flying Scotsman engine.

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60163 Tornado on a previous crossing of the Ribblehead VIaduct © Creative Commons Licence

The rail tour will be part of an official reopening after a 500,000 tonne landslip closed a section of the line at Armathwaite, North of Appleby, over a year ago and will  tie-in with the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway's Scotsman event. 

The line, which was built in the 1870s, suffered a major landslip in early 2016 which resulted in the closure of the line at Eden Brows. The £23million pound project has taken over a year to complete and will safeguard the railway for generations to come. It has ensured that if the land gives way again, the railway will not.

Prior to the official reopening, the Settle - Carlisle line saw another famous locomotive steam through last month when new-build No. 60163 'Tornado' replaced the regular, timetabled main-line passenger services for the first time in England for 50 years. The Tornado service was a build up to the official opening which will take place on March 31, when Scotsman will complete a return trip from Oxenhope to Carlisle. Arriva Northern’s regular, diesel passenger service will also return to normal on the same day.

No. 60103 will leave Oxenhope station on the K&WVR line to travel towards the Settle to Carlisle line. Once the locomotive has left the Worth Valley branch line it will join the mainline and passengers will then travel the Settle-Carlisle line, which passes 20 viaducts, 14 tunnels and through restored Midland stations along the 72 mile track.

Tickets for the Oxenhope to Carlisle tour are available through the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway website.

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