Settle & Carlisle Re-opening Special



The Keighley & Worth Valley Railway is delighted to announce the running of a commemorative railtour from Oxenhope to Carlisle behind LNER Pacific 60103 (4472) ‘Flying Scotsman’, in conjunction with Northern, Network Rail and Friends of the Settle & Carlisle. The train, which will be operated by West Coast Railways, will form part of the re-opening celebrations of the Settle & Carlisle line which is scheduled to re-open on this day.

The history of the Settle & Carlisle line is well documented and is, arguably the most scenic inland railway route in Britain. However in February 2016, after a 500,000 tonne landslip at Eden Brows, north of Armathwaite, the ground beneath the tracks slipped 5ft below its normal level and the railway was closed north of Appleby. Sitting over 240 feet above the River Eden, re-instatement of the subsided section was to be the subject of a £23 million engineering marathon involving the building an enormous concrete and steel structure that will sit beneath the railway and driving high-strength piles into the bedrock of the Eden Gorge.

This immense feat of modern railway engineering is due for completion by the end of March and the KWVR special from Oxenhope to Carlisle and return will be one of the first trains to traverse the closed section and will represent a fitting way to pay tribute to the work of our railway engineers and the re-opening of this special line.

Railtour information

  • Tickets price: £220 per person.
  • Tickets will go on sale at 18:00 on Friday 13th January via the website on-line booking system or by phone from 09.30 – 16.30 on Saturday 14th January, 01535 645214
  • Pick up stations:  Oxenhope, Haworth, Keighley or Skipton.
  • Departure times: Approx. 08:30 from Oxenhope, exact times will be announced nearer the time.
  • Tickets include:  Complimentary light refreshments (soft drinks on the outward journey and a celebratory glass of prosecco on the return) and a souvenir brochure.
  • Real ale bar and hot drinks will be available to purchase on board.
  • Approximately three hours in Carlisle.
  • Return timings:  To be confirmed nearer the time but will be early evening.

Tickets will sell fast, so don’t delay once the tickets go on sale on Friday 13th January, 18.00.

Flying Scotsman on the KWVR

The world’s most famous steam locomotive, ‘Flying Scotsman, has been travelling the country for the last year, drawing thousands of admiring glances having returned to action after a long and protracted overhaul. Now it is time for the people of West Yorkshire to witness this magnificent locomotive.


The locomotive will be on loan courtesy of the National Railway Museum and will join the KWVR fleet for nine days from the 1st April – 9th April 2017.

On the weekends of the 1st & 2nd and 8th & 9th April ‘Scotsman’ will be in steam and on display at RAIL STORY, Ingrow with the opportunity to go on the footplate.

During the week, 3rd – 7th April, the locomotive will be climbing the Valley from Keighley to Oxenhope, giving visitors the chance to ride behind this iconic engine. Travelling behind ‘Flying Scotsman’ will be by advance ticket purchase ONLY.

For all the details of this not-to-be-missed opportunity, visit the Flying Scotsman page on the website >>>