Coronavirus Lockdown and restart of operation

Updated 25th July

With the publication of plans for a staged end to the early 2021 lockdown, preserved railways were able to restart public services from mid-April onwards, although proposed end dates for lifting of restrictions were expected to be put back, including the final stage from 21st June, although .
most relaxations took effect from 19th July.
The Worth Valley restarted services from 17th April, following the pattern used in 2020 of passengers booking in advance to travel in a private compartment booked in advance only, our 6-wheel carriages were in use on some services until mid-May, then will be used on some Vintage Trains Weekends in July and August, see more details here.

The East Lancashire Railway restarted services from 1st May, more details of the full service and events can be seen here.
Our Saddletank 752 (still posing as BR 51456) will be used on services on a number of Sundays at the East Lancashire Railway, see our separate post here (opens in new window).

Work on our Bogie Brake 1474 at East Lancashire Railway is still in progress (see other Latest News) and the whole project should be complete and ready for return to the Worth Valley, hopefully by late summer.

Restoration work on our Pug 19 at East Lancashire Railway also in progress following very encouraging results of the detailed examination of the boiler, so the trustees decided to arrange a contract for restoration to steam.

For the latest information from each railway you can check on the web:
Worth Valley here East Lancashire Railway here