Steam locomotive heading for Carlisle this Saturday

45690 Leander at Lancaster
Credit: Dan Sutcliffe

Steam locomotive 45690 Leander will be back in steam on the mainline and will be in Carlisle and Blackburn on Saturday 13th July 2019.

The Jubilee locomotive is on a special railtour. 45690 Leander is hauling the Winter Cumbrian Mountain Express on Saturday.

Please note: we believe this tour to be part-hauled by 45690 Leander. However, this has not currently been confirmed by RTC and is subject to change.

The railtour departs London Euston behind an electric locomotive at approximately 07:10 am.

The railtour will then leave London Euston, bound for Carlisle, where it will make stops at Milton Keynes Central (07:45), Rugby (08:23), Nuneaton (08:43), Crewe (09:36) and Preston (10:25) before arriving at Carnforth Down and Up Goods Loop at 10:50.

Here, the 45690 Leander will be added to the front of the train. The train will depart with the locomotive at 11:24, steaming through Oxenholme (11:43) and Penrith (12:21), it will go non stop to Carlisle, where it will arrive at 12:41.

After around an hour in Carlisle, 45690 will depart Carlisle at 14:12 bound for London Euston. It will pass through Lazonby & Kirkoswald (14:37) and will stop for water at Appleby (14:58).

Continuing down the Settle and Carlisle line, the locomotive will pass over the Ribblehead Viaduct at approx 15:56, continuing to Settle, the train comes off the Settle and Carlisle line at Settle Junction (16:15) where it heads for Hellifield, for a water stop, at 16:22.

From here, 45690 will pass through Clitheroe (17:09) and Blackburn (17:34) before arriving into Preston at 17:56.

At Preston, 45690 is taken off the train, and an electric locomotive will take the same path back to London Euston, calling at Crewe (19:27), Nuneaton (20:25), Rugby (20:50) and Milton Keynes Central (21:19).

The railtour will arrive back at its final destination of London Euston at 22:15.

These above timings in brackets are approximate timings. Please click the links below, which tracks the train throughout the day to keep you up to date on when it will pass through your local station.


For timings on these movements, please click the links below:

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