11 MAY 2009

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Article from BTNews 11 MAY 2009

Carlisle to get a steam train service

RAILWAY enthusiasts this summer will have the opportunity to ride on a unique train line that has not offered a regular timetabled steam train service for over 40 years.  They can contrast the journey by riding one leg on a modern 125mph tilting train.  Statesman Rail is partnering Virgin Trains in offering an exclusive 260-mile return day trip along the world famous Settle and Carlisle line.  Virgin will provide connections to the steam-hauled special train at both Lancaster and Preston.  Passengers will be able to witness how effortlessly modern trains tackle gradients on the route, while the steam-hauled train will demonstrate how demanding a job it was on the locomotive and fireman to keep moving.  It will operate every Wednesday from 29 July to 2 September. www.statesmanrail.com

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