Iconic steam train will pass through St Helens next month as restrictions ease

Steam train The Cumbrian Mountain Express is expected to stop at St Helens Central en route to Carlisle as restrictions are eased due to the pandemic.

Britain’s finest historic locomotives have been largely unused, but now heritage rail operator The Railway Touring Company has announced three steam dates from northwest stations.

On Saturday 17th July the Railway Touring Company’s ‘Cumbrian Mountain Express’ will depart from Lime Street Station in Liverpool, from there this special steam show will head to Broad Green, St Helen’s Central, Wigan North Western, then towards Hellifield to reach the difficult Settle. And Carlisle Railroad.

The world-famous Settle & Carlisle Railway includes the iconic Ribblehead Viaduct and is a favorite with rail travelers due to the dramatic Yorkshire Dales scenery along the route, which includes the majestic Three Peaks.

The highlight of the trip is that the train passes through Dent, England’s highest station.

However, for many, the real highlight is that the steam trains pass through the Ribblehead Viaduct.

On Sunday July 18, the ‘North Wales Coast Express’ will also leave Liverpool Lime Street by steam, picking up at Broad Green, Warrington Bank Quay, Frodsham and Chester before heading to Wales and along the estuary dee overlooking the Wirral. peninsula.

Crossing Prestatyn, Rhyl and Colwyn Bay on the Irish Sea coast, the train will stop at Llandudno Junction for passengers wishing to spend the afternoon in the seaside resort, before continuing to the historic town of Bangor and across the Menai Strait to Anglesey. to visit Holyhead Harbor.

Wales is also the destination of the ‘The Welsh Mountaineer’ steam train which departs on Tuesday July 20 from Preston, Warrington, Frodsham and Chester and travels to Snowdonia to visit Blaenau Ffestiniog.

Locomotives for these dates need to be confirmed, but will be drawn from the Carnforth Pool, which includes 46115 Scots Guardsman, 6201 Princess Elizabeth, 35018 British India Line and 45690 Leander.

The Railway Touring Company has been running steam promotions for 24 years.

Passengers travel in vintage coaches and can enjoy a full English breakfast and four course dinner on board, first class service with drinks and lighter fare or take their own picnic.

The demand for the steam train travel experience is high as people seem eager to venture out after so many months of restrictions.

Kelly Osborne, Managing Director of The Railway Touring Company, comments: “A number of our steam tours for this summer are already fully booked. After 15 very difficult months for the heritage rail industry, it’s great to see such enthusiasm and support from people. ”

“These magnificent steam locomotives have to be seen in action to be fully appreciated,” said Kelly Osborne. Hopefully there will be plenty of opportunities in 2021, and for many years to come, to get on board, hear their distinctive sounds, catch a whiff of coal smoke, and see heads spinning and faces. light up like these fine exploits of the British. engineering is raising steam in our stations and finding its way back into our railways. ”

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