We Have a Scheduled Passenger Steam Train Running Again

By Gary Cutlack on at

A steam train of the actual old fire/smoke kind is running a scheduled service in the UK again this week, as enthusiasts have managed to get the restored engine Tornado operating daily runs between the northern powerhouses of Appleby and Skipton on the Settle to Carlisle stretch of line.

It required Northern Rail, Network Rail and the Settle and Carlisle steam group to all work together to get the runs organised, with the result being a three-day return to the days of steam on a timetabled service that will run two return journeys each day until Thursday. What better way for a single man to spend Valentine's Day than a seat on the first steam train to run a scheduled service in nearly 50 years?

Paul Barnfield from Northern Railway said: "It is great to see so many people supporting this historic venture. We always knew that the first timetabled steam services in the UK for 50 years would be extremely popular, but the demand for tickets has been phenomenal."

So phenomenal in fact that most of the reserved seats for each trip have already been taken, with demand for the remaining likely to be equally high. People are even queuing for it at Skipton. [ITV]

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