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Summary

  1. Tornado will pull 12 Northern services on the Settle-Carlisle line over three consecutive days
  2. The line takes in the Yorkshire Dales and passes over the Ribblehead viaduct before entering Cumbria's Eden Valley
  3. The steam-hauled, eight-carriage trains will run two return journeys a day between Appleby and Skipton

Live Reporting

By Tom Airey

All times stated are UK

  1. Settle-Carlisle line: Tornado makes historic journey

    Tom Airey

    Reporter, BBC News Online

    Tornado has delighted the 500 passengers on its first service from Cumbria to North Yorkshire, with the locomotive now heading back to Appleby.

    Queues were seen in Skipton for the remaining unsold unreserved tickets - a regular sight over the next three days I'm sure.

    Queue

    The Settle-Carlisle line has been open since 1876, but days as memorable as this are few and far between.

    Tornado

    Thanks for joining me this morning, you can read more on Tornado's three-day shift here. 

  2. Watch: Tornado 60163 thunders through Ribblehead Station

    Thomas Beresford was up at a blowy Ribblehead Station waiting for Tornado to come past, and it was worth the wait:

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  3. Tornado's Tuesday - Thursday timetable

    About 6,000 people will travel by steam over the next three days on the Settle-Carlisle railway.

    The timetable for each day of the Tornado services is as follows:

    Appleby departs 8.25am - Skipton arrives 10.08am

    Skipton departs 10.44am - Appleby arrives 12.16pm

    Appleby departs 2.57pm - Skipton arrives 4.30pm

    Skipton departs 5.15pm - Appleby arrives 6.46pm

  4. Settle-Carlisle line: Morning service on the Ribblehead

    One of the line's most memorable locations has to be the Ribblehead viaduct.

    Paul Jackson waited patiently at a nearby vantage point to get this shot as the Tornado completed the crossing.

    Thanks for sharing your image with us Paul.

    Tornado on Ribblehead
  5. Tornado 60163 back in North Yorkshire

    The first timetabled steam service in the UK for nearly 50 years has pulled into Skipton station.

    It's smiles all round as passengers disembark, with the locomotive due to head back towards Appleby at 10:44.

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  6. Diesel replaced by steam for three days

    A standard return ticket between Appleby and Skipton costs £17, even less for railcard holders. 

    The whirr of a diesel engine has been replaced by the high-pitched whistle of a steam locomotive, at the same price you would normally pay. 

    The 08:25 service was a complete sell out, predictably. 

    Ticket holder
  7. Tornado in steam: 60163 pulls service through Cumbria

    Unfortunately, our reporters on the train are currently experiencing their own 'signal' problems - of the 3G variety.

    We've had some more terrific photos sent through of Tornado though, check these out: 

    Tornado
    Tornado
  8. Appleby-Skipton service: Crowds greet Tornado 60163

    Tom Airey

    Reporter, BBC News Online

    Tornado
    Tornado

    Some great photos are coming in now of Tornado 60163 on the Settle-Carlisle line.

    If you fancy sharing your images with the live page, send them over to tom.airey@bbc.co.uk.

  9. Watch: Tornado sets off at Appleby

    If you're a fan of steam - or even if you're not - here's the moment you've been waiting for:

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    Video caption: Tornado
  10. Settle-Carlisle line: £23m of repairs almost complete

    Landslip damage

    The line closed between the Cumbrian town of Appleby and Carlisle in February 2016 after a 500,000 tonne landslip at Eden Brow caused by heavy rain.

    A section between Armathwaite and Carlisle remains shut while £23m of repair work is carried out, with the stretch due to officially re-open on 31 March.

    Quote Message: "We're putting on a fantastic event to say thank you to communities up and down the line and put the line back on the map." from Paul Barnfield Northern rail spokesman
    Paul BarnfieldNorthern rail spokesman
  11. Watch: Tornado pulling into Appleby station

    All tickets are sold out for the 08:25 from Appleby to Settle, which is now on its way south down the line.

    BBC Radio Cumbria's reporter John Bowness was there to see it arrive in the Cumbrian town.

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  12. Tornado 60163: 'Just like a time machine'

    Tornado

    The £3m Tornado 60163, which is able to achieve speeds of 75mph (120km/h), was built in Darlington and Doncaster by a group of enthusiasts over 18 years and completed in 2008.

    A Peppercorn A1 Class locomotive, it was the first main line steam engine to be built in the UK since the 1960s.

    Quote Message: "A lot of people stand and watch in awe, others look up from their iPads, phones and newspapers and say, ‘wow, it’s just like a time machine'". from Graeme Bunker Operations director, A1 Steam Locomotives Trust
    Graeme BunkerOperations director, A1 Steam Locomotives Trust
  13. Trespass warning issued by British Transport Police

    We’re expecting crowds to gather at stations along the route of the Tornado today, with British Transport Police warning people not to trespass.

    Officers will patrol the route from Appleby to Skipton over the next three days, with onlookers told to enjoy the spectacle “at a safe vantage point”.

    People on the line twice delayed Flying Scotsman’s inaugural run from London to York after a £4.2m refit last year:

    Trespassers
  14. Tornado 'off into history' at Appleby

    BBC Look North's in-house locomotive enthusiast Tom Ingall has once again sealed his dream gig and gets on board Tornado at Appleby. 

    After a look around the cab of Flying Scotsman last year, he's in his element once again.

    I think it's fair to call it his dream Valentine's Day.

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  15. Tornado 60163 approaches Appleby station

    It's been a cold wait at Appleby station this morning, but Tornado has now arrived to the delight of those on the platform and footbridge. 

    It's due to leave at 08:25, with tickets the same price as if you are catching a regular diesel service. 

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  16. Correspondent analysis: Expect a 'hugely popular' service

    Danny Savage

    North of England correspondent

    For over a year the Settle to Carlisle route has been severed in Cumbria by a huge landslide, with Northern wanting to give the route a high-profile boost before the reopening. 

    Laying on the first timetabled, turn-up-and-go steam services in nearly half a century is just the ticket. 

    It was on the Settle-Carlisle line that the last steam passenger train ran in August 1968, and rail enthusiasts will see this opportunity as a bargain. 

    An adult standard day return between Appleby and Skipton costs about £17, and for that you get a ride behind Tornado in "proper" carriages. Expect the services to be hugely popular.

    Tornado
  17. Watch: Tornado 60163 - first glimpse of locomotive ahead of service

    Here's some great footage of Tornado 60163 emerging from a cloud of steam yesterday as last-minute checks took place. 

    The locomotive is due to leave Skipton station at 08:25 this morning. 

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  18. From Appleby to Skipton by steam power

    Tom Airey

    Reporter, BBC News Online

    It's a momentous day on the Settle-Carlisle railway as diesel is replaced by steam for four timetabled services between Skipton and Appleby. 

    People are heading to stations to get on board or to vantage points to get a clear photo of Tornado 60163, and we will collate the best images here when they arrive.   

    There will be two further return trips on Wednesday and Thursday, before normal service is resumed. 

    Tornado