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Flying Scotsman Rail Tour to officially re-open Settle-Carlisle line

The National Railway Museum’s magnificent Flying Scotsman will officially re-open the Settle – Carlisle line on 31 March.

31 March 2017 is the day the National Railway Museum’s magnificent Flying Scotsman will officially re-open the Settle – Carlisle line after being closed for over 12 months.

Flying Scotsman will depart Oxenhope on Friday 31st March and travel via Haworth, Keighley and Skipton to Carlisle.

The Rail Tour, run and organised by the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway, will be the official re-opening of the line after the 500,000-tonne landslip which closed the line at Armathwaite, North of Appleby, over a year ago.

In 2015 the last steam engine to travel the Settle-Carlisle was Flying Scotsman and it will now be officially re-opening the line in 2017 which will make the journey even more memorable.

Once leaving the Worth Valley branch line which is celebrating its 150th anniversary in April 2017, passengers will join the mainline and get the opportunity to experience the iconic Settle-Carlisle line which first opened in 1876.

The line takes in 20 viaducts, 14 tunnels and wonderfully restored Midland stations, as well as providing passengers with countless beautiful vistas along the 72-mile track. The journey from Oxenhope to Carlisle will take approximately three hours. Drew Haley, S&C general manager said: ‘Two great railways in one day, the Worth Valley and fully opened Settle and Carlisle line amount to a great day out on the iconic Flying Scotsman, a unique event to witness and be part of.’

Matt Stroh, KWVR Chairman, said: ‘To have Flying Scotsman on the Keighley Worth Valley branch line and depart Oxenhope to continue onto the main line and officially re-open the Settle-Carlisle is a fantastic achievement for the Keighley Worth Valley Railway. We have worked in partnership with Network Rail, Northern and the Friends of Settle – Carlisle (FoSCL) and National Railway Museum to allow this opportunity to take place.’

FoSCL Chairman Douglas Hodgins said: ‘2016 has been a difficult year for the Settle-Carlisle line, especially for steam haulage. Fixing the landslip at Eden Brows has been an enormous achievement for Network Rail and their contractors. For Flying Scotsman to reopen Britain's third route between England and Scotland is symbolic.’

Paul Kirkman, Director, National Railway Museum said: ‘We’re delighted to be involved in this momentous occasion. Relaunching the Settle-Carlisle line is an incredible engineering feat we’re proud to support.’

Passengers will be able to travel on this celebratory train for £220 which includes a return trip to Carlisle with complimentary light refreshments and souvenir programme included. Tickets can be purchased through the KWVR website or by calling the Haworth office on 01535 645214.

Tickets go on sale online on Friday 13th January at 18.00.


Notes to editors

About Flying Scotsman

Flying Scotsman was built in Doncaster becoming the first locomotive of the newly formed London and North Eastern Railway (LNER). It left the works on 24 February 1923. It was designed by Sir Nigel Gresley as part of the A1 class – the most powerful locomotives used by the LNER at that time.

By 1924, when it was selected to appear at the British Empire Exhibition in London, the loco had been renumbered 4472 – and had been given the name ‘Flying Scotsman’ after the London to Edinburgh rail service which started daily at 10am in 1862.

In 1934, Scotsman was clocked at 100mph on a special test run—officially the first locomotive in the UK to have reached that speed. Flying Scotsman was ‘outshopped’ from Doncaster Works as number 1472 on 27 February 1923.

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