Unlike many organisations connected with railway preservation, COVID-19 has not had a significant impact on the Trust, the main impact being the loss of income from our sales stall at Oxenhope. 

Firstly, our Bogie Brake Third carriage 1474 based at the Worth Valley has been examined for potential more extensive use.  It was found that significant repairs to the bogies and body side bearers were necessary.  Currently carriages with individual compartments like 1474 are in demand to satisfy COVID-19 social distancing requirements, a situation which may last into 2021.  Unfortunately the Worth Valley carriage workshops do not have the facilities to carry out the work, so we have arranged for the work to be carried out commercially by the East Lancashire Railway at their Bury workshops.  1474 has already been taken to Bury by road and detailed evaluation of the work is in progress.

Secondly, the initial stage of potential restoration of Pug Saddletank 19 is to be removal of the boiler from the frames and subject to a detailed examination to establish whether the more expensive full restoration should be considered.  There was a trial steaming of 19 over 50 years ago after which it was decided that it would become a static exhibit, but recent evaluation shows that the overall condition may be better than thought. 


Bogie Brake 1474 – the expected total repair project is likely to be at least £10,000 plus £4000 for road transport to Bury and back to the Worth Valley.

Pug Saddletank 19 – the detailed boiler examination is expected to cost in the region of £1500.


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