• Rob Lawson

All Aboard the Staycation Express

If you're a fan of trains, then you could well have come to the right place when you take your staycation at Salvin House Alston this summer. For the second year running, Rail Charter Services will be running a daily pullman Staycation Express train service on the spectacular Carlisle to Settle Railway.

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Cross the famous Ribblehead Viaduct on the Staycation Express

Rail Charter Services are running their newly refurbished HST train on the line daily throughout the summer season (except Friday) until September 9th, offering a first class outlook on the world-renowned line that was very nearly closed for good in the 1980s.


The only sad news is that the Staycation Express will not be calling at Langwathby, the nearest station to Salvin House in Alston, but if you want to spend a day of your Cumbrian holiday on the rails, you can catch the train at Carlisle or Appleby.

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You can catch the Staycation Express in the historic town of Appleby.

Tickets start from £32 for a single, with optional extras including an at-seat trolley service and even a traditional dining car, the first on the line since the 1970s. From the comfort of your first class seat, you can experience the wild views of some of the remotest parts of England, as well as crossing the legendary Ribblehead Viaduct.

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The Staycation Express runs Saturday to Thursday until September 9th.

Often referred to as the 'Roof of England', the Pennines are regarded as England's last wilderness, and many people thought the Midland Railway would never succeed in building a mainline railway through it, but succeed they did. Now, thanks to those Victorian pioneers, you can experience this once in a lifetime trip during you stay at Salvin House Alston. Book now at the Rail Charter Services website.

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