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New web pages for TV, Film and Media.  Restoration still progressing on Saddletank 752 at Bury.  Worth Valley next Gala in early 2018 (none in October this year) may feature our carriagesNew web pages for TV, Film and Media.  Restoration still progressing on Saddletank 752 at Bury.  Worth Valley next Gala in early 2018 (none in October this year) may feature our carriages

Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Trust is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation, registered with the Charity Commission for England and Wales with Registration Number 1157071.  The Trust’s origins are via registered charity 1002627, established by the Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway Preservation Society that itself was formed in 1988 to replace the L&Y Saddletanks Fund, established in 1964.  All activities are now in the hands of the Trust, which owns a unique collection of steam locomotives and carriages previously owned by the Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway.  Find out more - click here.

The Trust is approved by the HM Revenue & Customs to reclaim Gift Aid, a valuable source of additional funding - if you are a UK taxpayer we can recover 25p for every pound donated. You can make a BIG difference to what you see pictured on this site, see how you can help further the aims of the Trust with practical or financial help - click here.

Locomotives and Carriages owned by the Trust - click on the image to find out more and their current status.

No. 68/51218 No. 19 No. 752 No. 47 No. 1474 No. 1507 No. 279

Click here for more on other preserved rolling stock of the L&YR.

Details of membership of Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Trust can be found on the membership page - click here.

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

Normally our carriages (Brake 1474, 6-wheeler 1507 and Club Carriage 47) are on public display in the Exhibition Shed on the WorthValley at Oxenhope, but this is not always possible due to operational requirements.

WORTH VALLEY's next use of our carriages following the popular Vintage Trains is yet to be advised as there is no Gala in October this year. We understand that there will be a Spring Gala, a special 50th anniversary event in June and Vintage Trains, keep an eye on this page for more details.

OUR LOCOMOTIVES - Pug 68/51218 is still awaiting restoration on the Worth Valley, Pug 19 continues on display at the Ribble Steam Railway in Preston, which leaves752 restoration - the boiler testing has been successful so far and is currently to shot blasted and painted at McEwens before it is reunited with the chassis, and they will also supply a replacement wrapper for the smokebox which has been stored there.   752 itself is currently in the main works area of the ELR at Bury to assemble all the parts and work on 752 in covered space not available at Haworth.  Current progress is evaluation of work involved in restoration and reassembly of the modified axleboxes with the metallic inserts,also using some 'dummy' bearings made from hardwood which you can see in photos on this site, use of these will permit movement of the chassis with outer wheelsets removed.  Examination of the motion and cylinders indicated that they were in satisfactory condition.  Repair of a small crack in the frame has now been completed, still outstanding is acquisition of replacement boiler cladding with outside contractors. Also in progress is the design of L&Y design adjustable spring hangars in place of those installed by the Coal Board.

Our main fundraising effort has now shifted to the 752 project.  Whilst there was some money held in reserve for the 752 restoration, further funding will be required before completion - to give an example of likely costs, the axlebox repair project currently under way may cost over £10,000 in total.  There will also be a number of fees and charges in connection with boiler testing, and the acquisition of other large items such as a replacement smokebox.  To make a donation - click here.

OUR CARRIAGES - First Class 6-wheeler 279 restoration has been completed and its first passengers were carried on a donors and members special on 21st June, with a launch ceremony faeturing a special guest, a lady who was actually born in 279 when it was part of a bungalow near Burnley.

Club Carriage 47 and Third Class 6-wheeler 1507 continue to be available for use with routine maintenance, Bogie Brake 1474 requires careful monitoring as restoration started over 40 years ago, repair work has been necessary this year with some end panelling and the L&Y design vacuum brake system

'The Golden Age of Steam Railways' is a BBC Four TV series regularly repeated on BBC and cable TV channels. This features early years of the Worth Valley including an interview with Richard Greenwood accompanying some of his films covering the purchase, restoration and operation of 51218 from the 1960's.  We are expecting this to be repeated, for information - click here 

'Testament of Youth' – this film was on general release in 2015 and featured all our carriages.. 
A BBC Films production of the First World War memoir of Vera Britain, there is coverage on the 
Worth Valley website, which can be found here. You will see some of our photos taken during the production in 2014 under the 'galleries' for each carriage - these could not be displayed at the time of filming in March 2014.

'Peaky Blinders' Club Carriage 47 and Bogie Brake 1474 were used for this BBC Two TV six-part drama first series about a Birmingham gang, shown in late 2013.   47 featured prominently as Winston Churchill's mobile office in the first and last episodes of that series.  Further information about repeat showings available from the BBC website - click here.  The first series can also be watched at small cost on Amazon Video

Below is a selection of recent photos, click on image for a larger version