A Great Day Out

Welcome to Rail Charter Services Ltd! We're Britain’s newest bespoke family days out rail main line rail operator, we're here to help you escape the lockdown blues.

From Monday 20th July until Saturday 12th September 2020 we are running 3 return trips a day Monday to Saturday using classic comfortable all first class former 'Inter City' coaches over the stunningly beautiful Settle to Carlisle railway line famously described by the late Bishop of Wakefield Eric Treacy as one of the great ‘man made wonders of the world’.

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An amazing train journey

Travel through stunning countryside passing fast flowing rivers, breath-taking long views of wild countryside largely untouched by modern life. Pass the three peaks of Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough. Pass over the famous Ribblehead viaduct and onward through the remote Blea Moor tunnel where you enter in North Yorkshire and come out in Cumbria.

Onward with fine long views over Dentdale and past England’s highest main line station. Pass over Ais Gill summit at 1,169 feet above sea level and decent down through the beautiful unspolit Upper Eden Valley passing Kirkby Stephen to the beautiful market town of Appleby.

Our trains

Our comfortable classic 'Inter City' trains will be made up of all first class traditional carriages with large tables, air conditioning, individual power points and comfy well-padded reclining seats. All guests will be guaranteed window seats. Each bay for two guests only will be separated by specially fitted Perspex screens to provide private spaces for families while maintaining safe social distancing.

Timetable: Mondays to Saturdays 20 July - 12 September (No Sunday trains)

Dep Skipton  08:35 12:18 16:12
Arr Settle 09:03 12:44 16:36
Arr Appleby 10:03 13:35 17:32
Dep Appleby 10:35 14:38 17:58
Arr Settle 11:29 15:28 18:48
Arr Skipton 12:03 15:54 19:11

Tickets on the day

All our trains are book ahead to help plan with social distancing with a cut off time for booking at midnight the day before travel. However we do try and show flexibility for those who decide to travel on the day. While you can't book seats on the webiste you are welcome to come to the station on a standby basis and if we have seats we can sell you a ticket on the train. Please see the train staff before boarding though so they can check availability for that particuar train and any return journey you wish to make that same day.

Ideas for your day out

There are three return trip options serving both south to north and vice versa.

Disabled and mobility access

We can accept foldable wheelchairs and have a ramp so that passengers can board. We also have one dedicated wheelchair space aboard per train which is availble for both standard and electric wheelchairs. However as the stations we serve are run by Northern Railway we can't accept mobility scooters aboard the train or at stations. For disabled access please email in advance before booking your ticket. For full deatails please see our Terms and Conditions page.


We allow well behanve dogs as long as they are kept under the table and not on seats or tables.


We have a catering trolley on board selling drinks, light refreshment, snacks, beers, wines and some spirits.

Fares for this stunning 56 mile journey are priced per couple to adhere to social distancing guidelines as we do not book strangers together. Fares start from just £17.50 per person (one way) based on two people sharing. Special family group fares for 4 people including at least one child (under the age of 16) start from £49 one way. Children under 6 travel free but are not guaranteed a seat.

Ticket price includes reserved table in exclusive bays in traditional comfortable air conditioned first class coaches with power points.

If you have any queries please feel free to email us at info@railcharterservices.co.uk however most answers can be found immediately under the FAQ link at the bottom of this page so do please check this first for an immediate answer.


MEDIA ENQUIRIES: Journalists with specific media enquiries can email: aquine@ffpmedia.co.uk 

Carriage of bicycles

Before contacting us, please read through the FAQs as you might find the answer to your question quicker.

We can transport up to 12 bicycles on each train free of charge. Please email info@railcharterservices.co.uk before you book your ticket to check availability.


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If you need a return journey these are selected in the shopping cart

Skipton / Settle to Appleby

Appleby to Skipton / Settle