The Northern Belle website currently shows 13 steam hauled trips are planned for the S&C. They appear to follow last year’s formula with steam on at Carnforth for the run north over Shap and then south over the S&C. The website is not explicit where steam will be detached. (It probably depends on the route back to the day’s boarding stations – see below. Last year steam came off at Preston, Blackburn or Hellifield. RTT should clarify nearer the date.) Something to note in the blurb: trips before June will provide ample time to explore Appleby, whilst trips after June provide ample time to explore Carlisle. (Not sure what happens in June). 01 April boarding from York thro’ to Wakefield 22 Apr Telford/Chester 29 Apr Coventry/Crewe 27 May Darlington/Newcastle 17 Jun Leeds/Manchester 24 Jun Coventry/Crewe 29 Jul Coventry/Crewe 12 Aug Leeds/Manchester 19 Aug Lincoln/Wakefield 02 Sep Hull/Wakefield 16 Sep Liverpool/Preston 23 Sep Telford/Chester 28 Oct Nottingham/Sheffield There could be dates to be added, deleted or which are already fully booked and not shown? The marketing blurb also includes the following, Flying Scotsman, Princess Elizabeth and Tangmere are just three of the famous steam engines that have operated this route with the Northern Belle. [My emphasis]. I hope that prospective customers have read this carefully as, unless something has changed significantly, the big red loco, featured in the marketing photos, will not be heading their train. More seriously, patrons will get a grand day out for £495pp (with £30pp refund or £75pp voucher if a steam loco is unavailable), whilst “we” get to watch a steam locomotive (and a tail gunner) for free. I hope that the trains load well as it is this end of the market that keeps “our” end of the market in operation and at more modest prices.