Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Trust is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation which owns a unique collection of steam locomotives and carriages previously owned by the Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway over 100 years ago.
Registered with the Charity Commission for England and Wales with Registration Number 1157071, the origins of the Trust go back to 1964 when a group of enthusiasts in Rochdale established the L&Y Saddletanks Fund.
| Our locomotives are located at preserved railways in Lancashire and Yorkshire, Pug 51218 at the Worth Valley, Pug 19 and Saddletank 752 at East Lancashire Railway at Bury.|
Restoration of 752 is complete and it returned to public service in early March 2020.
51218 was intended to be the next restoration project before the Coronavirus lockdown closed preserved railways, it is being preceded by Pug 19, which was relocated from the Ribble Steam Railway at Preston to the East Lancashire Railway in January 2020 for evaluation and restoration, which is now completed and it entered public service for its first ever time with a passenger train during an event at the East Lancashire Railway on 18th and 19th June 2022.
|Our carriages are normally on public display in the Exhibition Shed on the Worth Valley at Oxenhope when they are not in use, but this is not always possible due to operational requirements – in fact they were used on public service for a number of weekends during the Summer each year. |
** PLEASE NOTE – the Exhibition Shed is closed to public access until early January 2024 as it is in use for pre-booked ‘Elf Explorer’ Xmas specials **
In October 2020 our Brake Carriage 1474 was taken by road for repair work at the Bury works of the East Lancashire Railway, but has now returned to the Worth Valley Railway for public use with our other three carriages on the Vintage Trains Sunday services in June and July, and on 19th June 2022 all of our 4 carriages were hauled by an ex-L&YR loco for the first time, ‘Ironclad’ 957 currently running as British Railways 52044.
The 2023 Vintage Trains ran every Saturday and Sunday between 22nd July to 20th August inclusive and we expect that one or more of our carriages will be in used in the Worth Valley Steam Gala in March 2024.
Both our operational steam locomotives saw extensive use in the East Lancashire Railway Autumn Steam Gala 13th to 15th October 2023.
Not on public display is the body of an L&YR family saloon which was threatened with destruction and we helped to rescue in 2019, in March 2022 this was moved from secure private storage by its private owner to storage away from public display onto a former wagon chassis at the East Lancashire Railway whilst options for its restoration are evaluated.