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Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Trust has existed since 1988 following its formation by the Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway Preservation Society and was first registered as a charity in England & Wales in 1991.  In May 2014 the Charity Commission approved conversion to the new structure of Charitable Incorporated Organisation, which amongst other benefits allow the Trust to take over the activities of the Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway Preservation Society.

The Trust owns a unique collection of steam locomotives and carriages previously owned by the Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway.  Its origins can be traced to 1964,  when a group of railway enthusiasts in Rochdale formed the L&Y Saddletanks Fund and acquired 3 locomotives, a carriage and 3 wagons.  In 1987 the 'Fund' changed its identity to the Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway Preservation Society and started negotiations to form a Charity to secure the collection.  The Charity Commission gave their approval in 1991 for the operation of charity Registration Number 1002627, following the change of structure the Registration Number is 1157071.  The Trust has been authorised to participate in Gift Aid schemes approved by HM Revenue & Customs, a valuable source of additional funding. 

During the 1990’s the collection has been enhanced by acquisition of three more carriages, and the Trust also appoints one of the Trustees of the Bowers 957 Trust, the Registered Charity which owns the ex-L&YR locomotive 957, well known as the ‘Green Dragon’ in the 1970 film version of ‘The Railway Children’.  Carriages from the collection have often run with 957 when it was in service, creating a unique opportunity to travel on an L&Y train.

You can make a BIG difference to what you see pictured on this site.  The fact that what you see still exists, whether yet restored or not, is testimony to the quality of L&Y workmanship.  This quality is the guiding principle for those involved in restoration and conservation.  Such quality consumes two resources: time and money.  You can make a difference by providing either or both.  If you’re skilled in engineering or carpentry, or are simply competent at DIY, we can use you!

If you can’t help physically you can still make a difference - anything you can afford to donate will provide quality materials.  All monies received from UK taxpayers can be enhanced under the Gift Aid Scheme. If you pay UK Income Tax and are able to make a assist financially, please complete the membership/donation form and send it to us - for every pound you donate we can recover 25p at no cost to you!   Whilst the name L&Y disappeared in its own right in 1922 its influence on railway design and operations persists today.  You can ensure that this influence continues. 

To contribute, either see the Donations page, contact us, or within the Current Projects page you will find full details of the collection and see how you can help further the aims of the Trust with practical or financial help, including individual appeals and opportunities for sponsorship.

Details of membership of the Trust  can be found on the Membership page.

More information about the Trust's regular journal can be found on the 'ON TRUST' page - click here.

Official Correspondence Address:

Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Trust,
The Railway Station, Haworth,
West Yorkshire.
BD22 8NJ



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