A Valentine's Day return for the romance of steam travel in the Yorkshire Dales

The Tornado steam engine in Settle The Tornado steam engine in Settle

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Valentine's Day Tuesday 14th February 2017 saw a romantic return to steam powered services on the Settle Carlisle railway through the Yorkshire Dales.

As part of a special three day arrangement the A1 Peppercorn locomotive "Tornado" (Britain's newest steam engine to date) hauled the scheduled service from Skipton on to Settle (pictured above), and from there along the famous Settle Carlisle line to Appleby in Cumbria.

The Tornado steam engine in Settle The Tornado steam engine in Settle

Although specially chartered steam trains run on the line from time to time this was the first time that steam had been used on a scheduled timetable service since steam was withdrawn from the railways and replaced by diesel and electric back in the 1960s - making for a memorable experience for reguular passengers as well as steam enthusiasts who had travelled from afar to see what a "real life" steam service looks like.

As such the magnificent sight of steam powered trains crossing the famous Ribblehead Viaduct became a routine event once again - albeit just for three days in February 2017!

For more information about steam railways in Yorkshire and the north of England please visit the Steam and Railway Links website.

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[News item posted by Eagle Intermedia - February 2017.]


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