Coronavirus Lockdown and restart of operation

Updated 25th May

With the publication of plans for a staged end to the current lockdown, preserved railways have are now restart public services from mid-April onwards, although proposed end dates for lifting of restrictions may well be put back, including the final stage from 21st June.

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, it’s possible that our 6-wheel carriages will be in use on some services until mid-May, then possibly on some Vintage Trains Weekends in July and August, see more details here.

The East Lancashire Railway have now published a timetable to restart operation from 1st May, see more details here.

Our six-wheel carriages were very popular with passengers in the Worth Valley ‘Santa’ services from early December and ‘Mince Pie’ specials over the Christmas and New Year period.
Unknown at the moment is if and when our Saddletank 752 (still posing as BR 51456) will be used on services at the East Lancashire Railway, although it has passed its annual steam test so is available for use on suitable services.

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 by this 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