Saturday 29th February, a leap year day and Merchant Navy No.35018 'British India Line' is heading south over the Settle Carlisle line at Greenlands between Langwathby and Culgaith. Another bitterly cold day with high winds and some occasional sunshine. The dark clouds in the distance are the beginnings of Storm Jorge rapidly closing in.

The Settle to Carlisle steam record

This web site sets out to record a log of every steam hauled train over the Settle to Carlisle Railway since the end of mainline steam on 11th August 1968.

Excluding Flying Scotsman, which had a special agreement with British Railways, the first official return of steam to the full length of the Settle Carlisle was on 25th March 1978, when LNER V2 No.4771 'Green Arrow' hauled 'The Norfolkman'.

By year

By tour promoter

By locomotive class

Most used locomotives

Based on number of runs, where north and south workings are unique.

The Blue Riband

The fastest times between Ormside and Ais Gill from a standing start at Appleby.

Notable runs

Some runs over the Settle Carlisle stand out from others. Here are just a few.

Performance data

View speed and time information on the main climbing sections of the Settle Carlisle line.