752 running as 51456 on the East Lancashire Railway

Three videos from the day featuring with 52322 on January 1st 2022, marking the centenary of the 1922 merger between the Lancashire & Yorkshire and the London & North Western Railways –
from SAYFILMPRODUCTIONS (a short film of them in action) – click here
from Sarah Bell taken at Ramsbottom Station – click here
from LMS VIDEO featuring movements around Bury Bolton Street – click here

NEW – 752 on hire to the Spa Valley Railway in Kent

On hire to the Spa Valley Railway in Kent
752 has ventured outside Lancashire and Yorkshire for the first time ever by making a road journey to the Spa Valley Railway in Royal Tunbridge Wells for a period of hire as 51456, starting with their ‘Winter Steam Up’ on 8th and 9th January 2022.

Above is a photo from Steve Lee leaving Groombridge station on 8th January.
There is a Youtube video in typical Lancashire wet weather leaving Eridge station, shared with Southern Railway trains, click here (opens in new window)

There is a webcam at Groombridge on the Spa Valley Railway where you will be able to view 51456 in action, here is a link (opens in new window)

The loco will be staying there on hire until its return back north sometime in February.
More details can be found on their website here or by contacting the Trust by email to

New Years Day on the East Lancashire Railway
752 was in use on the East Lancashire Railway on New Years Day 2022 double-heading with Andy Booth’s ‘A Class’ 52322.
This was to mark the actual centenary of the merger of the L&YR with the L&NWR in 1922.
There are videos on Youtube covering the event, first a short action shot of the pair in action on the day from SAYFILMPRODUCTIONS, to watch this click here, the second from Sarah Bell showing the pair working through Ramsbottom, to watch this click here.

Issue No.37 – Winter 2021/2022

  • Obituaries, Nigel Thornley, Jim Hindle
  • Pug Diary
  • Progress on coach 1474
  • 51456’s Exploits
  • The New Barnes Pug Trip
  • 51218 on 1975 AGM Special
  • 11305’s Final Journey
  • A First Class Day Out. Hebblethwaite Family
  • Mixed Traffic – small items
  • Town Fund
  • Tony’s Saloon

Front cover – 752 as 51456 double heading a freight on the East Lancashire Railway with 52322

Back cover – 2 photos of 752 as 51456 on a photographic charter on the East Lancashire Railway (photos R.Stevens)

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

On 1st January 1922, the Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway company merged with the London & North Western Railway, one year before the ‘grouping’ to form 4 large companies.

Whilst various events to celebrate the merger are in the planning stage, our Trust is celebrating 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.

Other events planned include galas in the Spring of 2022.


From late November through to Christmas Eve one of our carriages will feature in these services running the full line service every Saturday and Sunday plus 22nd, 23rd and 24th December.
However you won’t be able to travel on these services as they require advance booking and are all fully booked.

It was intended that our Bogie Brake 1474 would have returned from repairs to be available for these services, but there has been a last minute delay in the supply of replacement parts so Third Class 6-wheel 1507 is running initially as it did in 2020, as in the photo above taken 5th December 2020, copyright of Andrew Southwell

Death of Jim Hindle – funeral details

Our member Jim Hindle died unexpectedly on 27th July whilst recovering from hospital treatment.

The funeral – here is a message from the family –

His Funeral Service is at 10:45am Monday 16th August at All Saints Church, Padiham Road, Burnley, BB12 6PB – followed by short Cremation Service at Accrington Crematorium, Burnley Road, Accrington BB5 6HA . Family Flowers only please. Rather than having a gathering afterwards, in Memory of Jim please donate a moment of your time to help others and remember Jim kindly. Thank you.
Please note that anyone wishing to come to the funeral should avoid coming through Padiham as the road is closed for building work. Arriving East or west on the M65 it might be easiest to come off at Junction 10 and follow signs to Padiham. If travelling in from Colne once off the motorway, you have to take a left, go fully round the first roundabout then it’s the second exit on the second roundabout. If coming from Preston it would be the second exit on the first roundabout. The church on the right is opposite the George IV Pub on the left by the traffic lights. Please note the church has street parking only. The nearest railway station is Rose Grove. Please allow yourself approximately 20 / 30 minutes to walk to the church.

For many years his lifetime of engineering knowledge and experience has been invaluable to the success of the Trust’s projects, as well as to the Worth Valley Railway.
Fortunately he was always keen to encourage others and pass on his knowledge under his guidance and supervision, the photo shows an example where Dan Winters was involved in making replacement brake rigging for Bogie Brake 1474 under Jim’s guidance.

A wreath was carried on the Worth Valley Vintage Train loco on 31st July (see photo above) and on 752/51456 on the East Lancashire Railway service on 1st August.

Latest ON TRUST issued

Issue number 36 for Spring/Summer 2021 has now been posted to members and supporters, with the usual mix of news and articles. Also included are fundraising appeal documents for our current restoration projects on Bogie Brake 1474 and Pug Saddletank 19

Issue No.36 – Spring/Summer 2021

  • Pug 19 restoration
  • Brake 3rd 1474 restoration
  • Horwich Narrow Gauge
  • Pug L&Y 310/51206
  • A postcard from Brussels
  • LYR 752 launch
  • 52089 mystery location
  • L&Y locomotives in 1922
  • New L&YR injector sponsored
  • Deaths of Gordon Walker and Dr. John Raines

Front Cover: L&YR 19 and 752 at Bury, keeping warm at night – John Sagar

Back cover: Pug 51218 on Healey Dell Viaduct

Video 2021 – click here to view

752 running as 51456 on the East Lancashire Railway

Two videos from ELR Trainspotter –
on 17th October including use on a passenger shuttle – click here
on 16th October at various points – click here

9 minutes from Phil Clarke on 16th October including use on demonstration freight – click here

Our carriages in use on Worth Valley Vintage Trains

16 minutes from Chris King Heritage Railway’s also featuring newly-restored 957 and our carriages on the Vintage Trains services – click here

8 minutes from SAYFILMPRODUCTIONS on 28th August that features newly-restored and our carriage on the Vintage Train services – click here

12 minutes from preservedrailway is one of a number that feature newly-restored Ironclad 957 double-heading the Vintage Train service with 4F 43924 and at other places – click here

7 minutes from Chris King Heritage Railway’s on 22nd August featuring our carriages with loco 41241 on what seemed to be a fairly dull day – click here

14 minutes from TheSoutherner on 14th August featuring our carriages with 61-year old EE Type 1 diesel D8031 and Midland 4F 43924 – click here

10 minutes from Chris King Heritage Railway’s on 8th August featuring our carriages with loco 41241 – click here

20 minutes from Yorkshire Mal’s Trains on 31st July which includes interior film of Club Carriage 47- click here

17 minutes from Chris King Heritage Railway’s featuring our carriages with loco 41241 throughout on 24th July, shame it was a dull day – click here

A very short clip from carribob1992 showing our carriages leaving Ingrow for Keighley on 24th July – click here

752 on first public use of the year on East Lancashire Railway from July 2021

4 minutes on 22nd August at Townsend Fold from preservedrailway – click here

4 short clips on 22nd August showing 752/51456 at stations of Heywood, Bury and Rawtenstall from Tom Moreton click here click here click here click here

6 minutes on 11th July from A.R.Productions – click here

A very short clip from Just Code showing 752/51456 leaving Ramsbottom – click here

16 minutes taken 4th July by ‘third engineer’ covering 752/51456 from 10 minutes in – click here

Worth Valley’s services relaunched from 17th April 2021

1st May from Railview, 13 minutes, features our 6-wheelers at various points – click here

3rd May from Chris King Heritage Railway’s, 4 minutes, features 78022 with our 6-wheelers –click here

9th May from Chris King Heritage Railway’s, 6 minutes, features 78022 with our 6-wheelers –click here

Both6-wheelers 1507 in use on ‘Mince Pie Specials’ January 2021

1st January from Nigel K Thomas, 33 minutes, covers his train journey from Cottingley and a walk along the footpaths of the Worth Valley with film of 78022 and our 6-wheelers at various points – click here