Saddletank 752 undergoing accelerated restoration programme at East Lancashire Railway at Bury.  3 carriages in use on 2019 Vintage Train Sundays 9th June to 14th July inclusive

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 WORTH VALLEY Vintage Train Sundays 2019 - our Club Carriage and the 2 six-wheelers will be in use each Sunday from 9th June to 14th July inclusive.  Bogie Brake 1474 is still undergoing mechanical work so will be replaced by a  brake carriage from the VCT.  More details on Worth Valley website click here

We have agreed an accelerated programme for the restoration of 752 with the East Lancashire Railway using their workforce, so the chassis has now been reassembled without going through the extensive fitting of axlebox inserts to the outer wheelsets.  Further strengthening work is being carried out on the boiler to satisfy boiler insurance requirements and a new smokebox is being manufactured.

Club Carriage 47 was used on May 31st for a further visit by the Worth Valley's Patron, the Duke of Kent.

Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Trust is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation, registered with the Charity Commission for England and Wales with Registration Number 1157071.  The Trustís 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.

OUR LOCOMOTIVES - Pug 68/51218 is still awaiting restoration on the Worth Valley and has now been cosmetically restored as 51218 for the Worth Valley's 50th anniversary of reopening (see photo below).  The Worth Valley's locomotive department have expressed interest in carrying out the restoration, the trustees are in negotiations.  Pug 19 continues on display at the Ribble Steam Railway in Preston, which leaves752 restoration - the boiler testing has been successful so far and following painting and finishing touches at McEwens has now been relocated to Bury to be reunited with the chassis to enable significant progress. McEwens are also to 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. Thanks to excellent response to an appeal for funds, a set of  L&Y design adjustable spring hangars have now been manufactured to replace 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 featuring a special guest, a lady who was actually born in 279 when it was part of a bungalow near Burnley.  It has since been used on a special train which carried the Duchess of Cornwall between Haworth and Oxenhope during a visit to West Yorkshire on 16 January.

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

TV and Film - for details of appearances of our rolling stock click here

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