Centenary of merger of L&YR and L&NWR January 1922 onwards

Updated 23rd May 2022

On 1st January 1922, the Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway company merged with the London & North Western Railway, one year before the ‘grouping’ to form four large companies.

Whilst various events to celebrate the merger are listed below, our Trust celebrated the actual day by running our L&YR Saddletank 752 on public services of the East Lancashire Railway with another L&YR loco, an ‘A’ class tender loco, on 1st January 2022, the photo above is copyright Kevin Whitehurst and shows the pair on Burrs Bank.

Other events have already taken place in the form of Galas at the East Lancashire and Worth Valley Railways in February and March.
Other events planned include the following during the remainder of 2022 –

East Lancashire Railway L&Y ‘Double Headers’ April to September – more details here.due to possible coal shortages, these have now been cancelled

East Lancashire Railway L&Y/LNWR Merger Centenary Weekend June 18th and 19th – * now scheduled to feature Pug 19 * -more details here

Worth Valley Railway Vintage Train Sundays from 19th June to 17th July – more details here.

Exhibition at Crewe Heritage Centre 2nd July to 29th August 2022, more details about the Centre on their website.

Events are likely to take place at the Embsay and Bolton Abbey Steam Railway (website) and Ribble Steam Railway (website)

Events are also likely to take place at principal stations in the Manchester area and Preston, we hope to publish details here as they become known.