Britain’s ‘most luxurious train’ to pass through Rochdale this weekend

Date published: 17 September 2021

Trainspotters are in for a treat this weekend when one of the world’s most luxurious trains heads through Rochdale.

The Northern Belle, once part of the iconic Orient Express group, will be travelling from Shropshire to York and Harrogate and will pass through Rochdale on Saturday evening (18 September).

The train is scheduled to pass through Littleborough at 8.13pm, Rochdale East at 8.20pm, Rochdale at 8.21pm and Castleton East at 8.23pm. 


Northern Belle train carriages
The Northern Belle has seven distinctive umber and cream 1950s-style Pullman carriages


A heritage diesel locomotive will haul the seven distinctive umber and cream 1950s-style Pullman carriages, each bearing the name of a great British castle or stately home.

English actor Bill Nighy described the train as “the Grand Duchess of luxury travel” after it featured on Channel 5’s Most Scenic Railway Journeys.

A spokesman has urged rail enthusiasts and photographers to stay safe. He said: “We know that people love to see the train and take pictures, however safety comes first, so please take care and don’t trespass on the track or railway property.”

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