Club Carriage 47 features in new film The Railway Children Return

Due to go on general release on July 15th, our Club Carriage 47 features in the new film as part of a military train with Worth Valley’s USA locomotive 5820.

The film is based in WW2 around Oakworth and the Worth Valley, bringing the original Edwardian era story from the 1970 film into another age.
A trailer for the film shows the Club Carriage in 2 brief shots, click here to view (opens in new window)

Events in June 2022

Our locos and carriages have featured in private and public events in June 2022 as below.

19th June, the first of five Sundays when all our carriages will feature in Vintage Train services on the Worth Valley Railway, this day will be the first ever time that all four of our carriages have been hauled by an L&YR loco, ‘Ironclad’ 957, currently running as British Railways 52044
There are a number of images on our Photos stock in use and videos on our Video Online pages (click on each link to the page in a new window)

18th and 19th June, a celebration of the centenary of the merger of the L&Y and L&NW Railways in 1922 was held at the East Lancashire Railway, featuring our operation locos Pug 19 and Saddletank 752, as well as as the L&YR ‘A’ class 1300 and L&NWR ‘Coal Tank’ 1054, all in their 1922 liveries,
The event was the public launch of restored Pug 19 and almost certainly the first time that 19 had ever hauled a passenger train, hauling 2 carriages and a parcels brake, which was a great success.
There are a number of images on our Photos stock in use and videos on our Video Online pages (click on each link to the page in a new window)

17th June, a photo charter involving locos 19 and 752 in Buckley Wells yard at Bury on the East Lancashire Railway, here is a Youtube video from the day (opens in new window)

News Update June 2022 – revised 19th June

There are some further updates to the newsletter which was recently included with ON TRUST and a further update on 12th June.

Firstly, the possible working of 19 with 2 carriages for Trust members has now been postponed until a later date in 2022, which will be circulated in due course.

Carriage 1474 arrived back at the Worth Valley Railway on 6th June and was used with our other 3 carriages with the Ironclad 957/52044 which operated the Vintage Trains on Sunday 19th June. Alternatives to 52044 are Taff Vale 85 and L&NWR Coal Tank 1054 on the trains running on Sundays up 17th July 2022.
The 19th was the first time that our 4 carriages have run behind an L&YR loco, more details can be found on the Worth Valley website here (loco and carriages subject to availability)

Now to the East Lancashire Railway celebration of the centenary of the 1922 merger of the L&Y and L&NW Railways, was on 18th and 19th June, the highlights were —
Locos – Pug 19, Saddletank 752, L&Y ‘A’ class 52322 running as L&YR 1300, L&NWR ‘Coal Tank’ 1054.

On Saturday 18th Pug 19 ran a Bury-Ramsbottom return at 1342 from Bury, repeated at 1620 from Bury, these will be the first passenger services ever operated by Pug 19

On Sunday 19th Pug 19 ran double-head with 752 on a Bury-Heywood return trip at 0950 from Bury with 752 continuing from Bury to Rawtenstall

Throughout the weekend, when Pug 19 was not on public trains, it was operating demonstration freights and shunting around Bury Bolton Street and Castlecroft Yard with a selection of freight vehicles in L&YR and L&NWR liveries

On Saturday 18th June LNWR Coal Tank 1054 operated its first passenger service since completion of overhaul, departing Bury for Ramsbottom at 1210

News Update June 2022

NEWS UPDATE JUNE 2022

Following successful trial running carriage 1474 is expected to return to its Worth Valley Railway base in time for running in their Vintage Trains on Sundays from 19th June to 17th July 2022, details can be found on the Worth Valley website here

Pug 19 passed its final insurance steam test on 29th April 2022 and will be based at the East Lancashire Railway although is expected to be in demand for visits to other railways as was the case with our other Pug 51218 when it was in steam.
19’s first trial run on the main line was to Heywood and Ramsbottom with a short freight on 19th May 2022, which was also successful.

19 is scheduled to feature in a weekend event on 18th and 19th June 2022 at East Lancashire Railway to celebrate the centenary of the 1922 merger of the L&Y and L&NW Railways, this is currently planned to have the following locos operating –
Our Pug 19 and Saddletank 752, L&Y ‘A’ class 52322, LNWR ‘Coal Tank’ 1054.

On Saturday 18th Pug 19 is planned to run a Bury-Ramsbottom shuttle at 1342, repeated running with 752 and 19 at 1620. 752 will also operate with ‘A’ Class 52322 on other journeys.

On Sunday 19th Pug 19 is planned to run with 752 on a Bury-Heywood return trip at 0950 with 752 continuing to Rawtenstall, possibly with Pug 19. 752 will also operate with ‘A’ Class 52322 on another round trip.

There is a possibility of 19 working with 2 carriages on Sunday 26th June, details are still to be confirmed and it is planned to send a newsletter with details if this becomes definite, as well as details being given on this website.

The next issue of ON TRUST will be issued in the near future.

Funding appeal June 2022

Since 2020 there were 2 major projects in progress at the East Lancashire Railway on our Bogie Brake Third carriage 1474 and Pug Saddletank 19.
The images show the completed work.

There has been recent successful trial running of carriage 1474 and its expected return to its Worth Valley Railway base was completed in time for running with our other 3 carriages in their Vintage Trains on Sundays from 19th June to 17th July 2022.

Pug 19 passed its final insurance steam test on 29th April 2022 and will be based at the East Lancashire Railway although is expected to be in demand for visits to other railways as was the case with our other Pug 51218 when it was in steam.
19’s first trial run on the main line was to Heywood and Ramsbottom with a short freight on 19th May 2022, which was successful.
It will feature in their event on 18th and 19th June celebrating the centenary of the L&YR and L&NWR Railways in 1922, where 19 will haul its very first passenger trains.

The expenditure on both projects unfortunately went above the expected costs for a number of reasons, so despite excellent  response to funding appeals in 2021 and 2022, it has been necessary to use the reserve funds of the Trust to meet the costs.

We have therefore left open the appeal funds and hope that you will be able to help to make up the reserves, details of how to do this can be found here – this opens a new window with a document in pdf format which can be printed.

Pug 19 completes main line test runs 26th May 2022

Current statusupdated 12th June 2022:-

On 19th and 26th May test runs were successfully completed with 19 on a short freight train between Heywood and Ramsbottom. The restoration work is now effectively complete with the vacuum brake system installed and operational as well as final painting and varnishing being complete.
19 is scheduled to feature in the East Lancashire Railway’s event on 18th/19th June celebrating the centenary of the merger between the L&Y and L&NW
Railways. This will include operation on passenger trains, almost certainly for the first time in its 112-year history, see our News Update at the right hand side of this screen.

The image above shows 19 heading through Bolton Street towards Castlecroft Yard after passing the final steam test on 29th April.

Below are links to short videos of 19 on test (these are from Youtube and open in a new window) –
19 being trialled on 20th April by hauling a Sulzer diesel around Buckley Wells Yard – click here
19 working a test train just north of Bury on 26h May – click here
a further short video on a test train North of Bury on 26th May – click here

Updated 26th May 2022

On 29th April 2022 the final steam test in presence of the insurance inspector took place and was passed, various small jobs and fitting of the vacuum brake system remain to be completed.

On 15th April 2022 (Good Friday) a trial steam test was carried out on almost fully completed 19, and it moved under its own steam for 52 years in Buckley Wells yard without incident. A small amount of snagging has been found necessary from trial, other work remaining includes finishing the vacuum brake system, various small jobs and final painting.

Updated 28th February 2022

Following passing a hydraulic test a small fire was lit on 18th February 2022 in advance of a steam test in a few days time.
By 23rd February 2022 a trial steaming was completed up to 125psi without any problems being encountered. Then by 8th March 2022 the boiler had passed a full steam test out of the frames and a trial assembly with saddletank, chimney and dome was made.

Updated 8th March 2022

Following dismantling at the East Lancashire Railway and Non Destructive Testing of the boiler, the trustees decided to proceed with a restoration to steam under a contract.

The work involves a reasonable amount of work on the boiler, with many ‘industrial’ fittings applied during 30 years of private industry use needing replacement, and systems such as vacuum braking equipment will need to be fitted.
Current status:-

On 15th April 2022 (Good Friday) a trial steam test was carried out on almost fully completed 19, and it moved under its own steam for 52 years in Buckley Wells yard without incident. A small amount of snagging has been found necessary from trial, other work remaining includes finishing the vacuum brake system, various small jobs and final painting. Telltale smoke can be seen from the chimney can be seen in the above photo from (and featuring) Callum Porter.

Updated 15th April 2022

Following passing a hydraulic test a small fire was lit on 18th February 2022 in advance of a steam test in a few days time.
By 23rd February 2022 a trial steaming was completed up to 125psi without any problems being encountered. Then by 8th March 2022 the boiler had passed a full steam test out of the frames and a trial assembly with saddletank, chimney and dome was made.

Updated 8th March 2022

Following dismantling at the East Lancashire Railway and Non Destructive Testing of the boiler, the trustees decided to proceed with a restoration to steam under a contract.

The work involves a reasonable amount of work on the boiler, with many ‘industrial’ fittings applied during 30 years of private industry use needing replacement, and systems such as vacuum braking equipment will need to be fitted.

We ae actively seeking funds to meet the costs, following detailed examination and dismantling it’s been possible to draw up a list of work expected to complete the project.

It was hoped that the restoration would be complete by the end of 2021, but now likely to be late spring of 2022 following detailed investigation of the saddletank indicating that a new tank would be required. On 18th February 2022 the new tank is nearly ready for fitting and the boiler has passed an initial hydraulic test out of the frames under the supervision of the insurance inspector.
By 8th March an official steam test has been passed and the opportunity taken to carry out a trial assembly of the boiler, tank, chimney and dome as in the image from Callum Porter.
Donations are still welcome towards the costs of the project, which can be found here

Further details and photos of the work in progress can be seen in our page under OUR COLLECTION for Pug 19 here


Brake Third 1474 tested and running 26th February at East Lancashire Railway

Testing took place on 22nd February, earlier than expected, with no problems found, the link below opens up a short Youtube video in a new window.
Click here

1474 was used in 4 round trips of a passenger shuttle service between Bury Bolton Street and Ramsbottom on Saturday 26th February. See our Online Video page here for videos of it in operation (opens in new window).

1474’s return to the Worth Valley is now being planned, with use expected in a series of Vintage Trains on Sundays 19th June to 17th July inclusive, details can be found here


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.
752 was also used on their school ‘half term’ services on 12th and 13th February.

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 mid-February in time to run is the East Lancashire Spring Gala.

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.

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.