50 Years Ago

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Following withdrawal by BR in September 1964 and purchased by the Saddletanks Fund in November 1964, the Worth Valley Railway were glad to greet the arrival of their first locomotive, Pug 51218, on January 7 1965.

At the time there were concerns that this would not happen, as the costs of rail transport from Wales to Keighley was more that the purchase price.  However the private owner of the recently-established museum at Bleadon and Uphill station (he had purchased 0-4-0 tank 1338 from BR) put us in contact with Pickfords, who quoted a reasonable price to bring 51218 by road on a low loader to Haworth.  This apparently included a journey across Oxenhope Moor from Hebden Bridge.

So (left) you see their Scammell Highwayman VXD 558 ready to unload 51218 as the very first loco on Worth Valley tracks.

This was the start of a much larger collection by the Fund, which 50 years later is Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Trust.  You can read more history and details of the collection on this website.