One of the undoubted successes of a very different 2020 season was the Staycation Express. Operated by Locomotive Services Ltd under the Rail Charter Services banner, heritage diesel traction with MK3 first class coaches were utilised on the world famous Settle – Carlisle line, the first time a scheduled diesel hauled service has graced the line for many years.
The 2021 edition takes a very different look, with new traction, a new livery and a new destination! Heritage diesel locomotives are to be replaced by recently retired HST sets, complete with a striking new livery. In addition to this, you will now be able to enjoy a longer ride as the late morning departure from Skipton will now run right through to Carlisle.
‘The Staycation Express’ Summer 2021 season Thursday 4th March 2021
Following the success of ‘The Staycation Express’ last year plans are currently being finalised for the 2021 season including new rolling stock and an expanded route. Features include:
- Route expansion through to Carlisle
- A newly refurbished classic InterCity 125 train with 5 coaches
- All leather reclining first class seating
- Large pictorial windows and power points
- Enhanced catering buffet counter and premium ‘at seat’ dining car
- Dynamic fare pricing
- Covid secure Perspex screens between every bay of seats
- New branding and livery
The train will run two return trips a day between Skipton, Settle, Appleby and Carlisle daily except Fridays between mid July and early September (dates/times still to be finalised) The rough timings are:
0930 Appleby to Skipton
1130 Skipton to Carlisle
1500 Carlisle to Skipton
1730 Skipton to Appleby
Adrian Quine – Director of Rail Charter Services Ltd said: “A lot of work has been going on behind the scenes to build on the success of The Staycation Express last year. We are working closely with our partners and stakeholders with innovation at the heart of everything we do and look forward to announcing further initiatives soon”
We anticipate making further announcements regarding the train livery, exact timetable and on-board service offerings in April.
Passengers can register their interest at www.railcharterservices.co.uk
You may have seen driver training/route refreshers commencing this week, captured by our cameras, with former East Midlands Railway HST power cars 43058/059 working from Crewe to Carlisle, along the Staycation route.