RAIL enthusiasts are in for a treat as ‘The Waverley’ Settle and Carlisle steam service is back on track with five dates confirmed from Skipton, as well as York, Leeds, Shipley and Keighley.

Organised by heritage rail specialists The Railway Touring Company, The Waverley is due to run on Sunday, July 10; on August 8, 14 and 21, and on September 4.

Each of The Waverleys takes around 400 passengers for a day out packed with rail nostalgia and stunning scenery as the steam trains make the journey across the Settle and Carlisle Line with its challengingly steep climbs – 15 miles of which are a gradient of 1 in 100, and including Ribblehead Viaduct, and views of the Yorkshire Three Peaks.

The Waverley will head by diesel to Hellifield where it will be joined by an historic steam locomotive for the Settle to Carlisle stretch and back. The locomotives are not confirmed yet, but they will be drawn from the pool of historic locos based at Carnforth, which includes: 45690 Leander built in 1936; 1945-built 35108 British India Line; and 1927-built 46115 Scots Guardsman.

“The Waverley is a great family day out reliving the golden age of rail travel,” said The Railway Touring Company’s managing director Kelly Osborne.

“It is always thrilling to see these magnificent British designed and built steam locos in action and the Settle and Carlisle route certainly puts them through their paces.”

To find out more, go to: www.railwaytouring.net