Late yesterday afternoon, Settle station almost deserted:
The Winter Cumbrian Mountain Express at Settle
The nation's appetite for steam seems insatiable.
In passing, during the horrendous flooding, storms and hurricane force winds the S&C has run almost like clockwork. At times it has been the only available rail route between England and Scotland. WHAT a good job it wasn't closed.
If you are going from Leeds to Glasgow the S&C:
- is as quick as the East or West Coast routes, sometimes quicker
- is 60 % cheaper (Which? magazine, January 2014)
- is spectacular
- is not prone to overhead wires getting tied up in knots
- and doesn't flood
What more could anybody want?
How odd then that the National Rail Enquiry website does not offer it as an option - until you dig deeper and ask it to show 'slower trains and alternative routes'.
Spread the word they still don't want you to hear.