A POPULAR attraction will chuff its way through South Cumbria this weekend.

The 45690 Leander will pull The Cumbrian Coast Express down coast from Carlisle through West Cumbria and then to Millom, Kirkby, Askam, Dalton loop, Ulverston, Grange, Arnside etc as it makes its way through some of the most extraordinary scenery in Britain.

The train departs from London Euston at 7am on Saturday morning under electric traction, and after several stops on its way to Carlisle, passing by the famous Brief Encounter cafe, made famous by the 1945 film where it was called "Milford Junction."

But it's at Carlisle where the Leander takes over following a brief stop for shopping and sightseeing.

The return steam-hauled journey to Carnforth takes the scenic coastal route around the Cumbrian Coast.

After Maryport, The train runs along the shoreline through to the industrialised district of Workington, once a centre for the production of iron and steel, then past Sellafield, where the British Nuclear Fuels works dominates the landscape. At Ravenglass, we meet up with the miniature Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway which is normally steam operated.

At Millom, we head inland and follow the sweeping estuary through Foxfield and Kirkby in Furness.

After Ulverston, the train crosses even Viaduct and curve along the edge of the bay through to Grange-over-Sands and onto Carnforth before the journey home.

For more information, visit http://www.railwaytouring.net/uk-day-trips/the-cumbrian-coast-express