Robert Hampton

Settle & Carlisle

This route is one of my favourite railway lines to travel on. For a short period in 2003/4, there was an extra attraction, a regular locomotive-hauled train service, formed of 4 Mk2 coaches “top and tailed” by class 37 locomotives. On 22nd March 2004 I took a ride on this train, returning on the more usual Class 156 later on.

(70K JPEG) Start of journey. Aigburth station in the suburbs of Liverpool, as 508 114 arrives with a service to Hunts Cross.
(99K JPEG) Class 142 Pacer at Hunts Cross with a service to Warrington Central, from where I would pick up the TransPennine service to Leeds.
(48K JPEG) One of the top'n'tail locos, 37 411 The Scottish Railway Preservation Society at Leeds.
(55K JPEG) Picture of the nameplate on 37 411.
(50K JPEG) Settle station.
(42K JPEG) Some views from the train.
(42K JPEG) The weather was very changeable and clouds made for an “interesting” sky.
(60K JPEG) More views from the train.
(56K JPEG) Parts of the line pass through very isolated places.
(34K JPEG) Some more views.
(46K JPEG) Rolling hills and farmland.
(58K JPEG) Livestock at the side of the line seem unconcerned by the passing train.
(47K JPEG) Line speed is quite low, so you have plenty of time to appreciate the scenery.
(64K JPEG) 37 408 Loch Rannoch was 411's partner.
(44K JPEG) Another view of 37 408 at Carlisle.
(71K JPEG) 156 471, still in Northern Spirit colours but with Arriva logos, at Carlisle.
(76K JPEG) Virgin Voyager on a northbound service at Carlisle.
(59K JPEG) Strathclyde-liveried 156 510 at Carlisle.
(53K JPEG) Some scenes in Carlisle city centre. This is the cathedral.
(45K JPEG) Carlisle castle.
(62K JPEG) Entrance to Carlisle station.
(81K JPEG) Another Strathclyde-liveried 156.
(82K JPEG) 142 086 awaits its next duty as a confused old lady looks on.
(59K JPEG) Return journey now, and a rainbow can be seen from the train!
(54K JPEG) Langwathby station.
(75K JPEG) Appleby station, like all of the stations on this line, is well-maintained.
(66K JPEG) You definitely get the sense that the rail staff are proud of the line.
(54K JPEG) Dent station, the highest mainline railway station in England.
(56K JPEG) Horton-in-Ribblesdale station.
(59K JPEG) Settle is another well-appointed station.
(47K JPEG) The weather cleared up on the return journey.