Retro train – 11 July from New Mills Central to Carlisle

retro rail 1All aboard the New Mills 150 Special – taking you via the scenic Cumbrian Coast to the border city of Carlisle on Saturday 11th July.

Details of how to book are here

This very special tour, which is being run in conjunction with Visit New Mills and the Friends of New Mills and Marple stations is celebrating the 150th anniversary of the two stations.

The train will serve both New Mills and Marple , before proceeding to Hyde Central, and stations in Lancashire and West Yorkshire, continuing through the Calder Valley and Copy Pit, and onwards to Preston.

After Carnforth, the train will take the scenic Cumbrian Coast route, with it’s imposing scenery and fantastic view of the Irish Sea. The train will arrive in Carlisle at approximately midday, where you will have just under 4 hours to explore the historic city. The train will return via the Shap route, with fantastic views of the Cumbrian fells as we descend towards Lancaster.

The famous on board ‘Real Ale Bar’ will be available, serving a variety of hand-pumped Real Ales, wines and hot snacks. This is the only mainline operator to serve real ales by hand-pump in Britain!

There will be three classes of accommodation to suit all budgets. Premier Dining option will make your day extra special with on-board chefs prepare a Great British Breakfast in the morning and a 3-course evening meal on the return journey. If you want to re-create the Golden Age of Train Travel, this is certainly your opportunity!

First Class and Standard Class accommodation are also very popular. With wide, padded seats, our ex-Intercity First Class coaches provide the perfect ambience to enjoy the scenic journey. Our standard class accommodation is very comfortable, with tables and large windows allowing you to enjoy your Retro experience.

The following timings are provisional:

Outward (dep) Return (arr)
New Mills Central 06:00 22:10
Marple 06:15 22:00
Hyde Central 06:25 21:50
Ashton-under-Lyne 07:00 21:10
Stalybridge 07:10 21:00
Huddersfield 08:00 20:30
Brighouse 08:20 20:10
Sowerby Bridge 08:30 20:00
Carlisle TBC arr TBC dep

Train Information.

DRS Class 37s will haul this tour. These former British Rail locos, from the 1950s, are still in daily service with Carlisle based operator, Direct Rail Services.

The famous “Real Ale” bar is available, serving hand-pumped ales from Greenfield Brewery as well as hot & cold snacks. In addition a trolley service will be available in both First and Standard class.

Standard Class

These traditional, comfy British Rail coaches are ideal for a day out. Seating in standard class are arranged in bays of four, the majority with tables.

First Class

If you want a little extra luxury, First class is perfect. The coaches feature spacious, well padded seats, and will make your trip that bit more special!

A ‘table for two’ supplement is available, but please book early to avoid disappointment, as these are expected to sell out.

Premier Dining

This includes a First Class seat, breakfast and a 3-course evening meal. Also there will be an at-seat service providing complimentary tea and coffee throughout the journey. We can be flexible with requirements for children, please call us to enquire.


The following fares are available:-

From all points
Standard Class (Adult) £70
Standard Class (Child) £56
First Class (Adult) £119
First Class (Child) £99
Premier Dining (Adult) £189
Premier Dining (Child) Ask

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