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.

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

FUNDRAISING APPEAL – updated June 2021


Firstly, our Bogie Brake Third carriage 1474 based at the Worth Valley was examined for potentially more extensive use.  It was found that significant repairs to the bogies and body side bearers were necessary.    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.

Secondly, following very encouraging results of Non Destructive Testing of the boiler of Pug Saddletank 19 the trustees have decided to progress the restoration of the loco to steam under a contract at the East Lancashire Railway. This followed further evaluation and showed that the overall condition was better than thought. 

WHAT WILL BE THE COSTS? – updated June 2021

Bogie Brake 1474 – work was carried out with costs met from reserves and previous donations, with the assistance of the East Lancs Railway we have been able to draw up a list of work to which you are invited to donate, which can be found here

Pug Saddletank 19 – following initial stripping and investigation work, again with costs met from reserves and previous donations, we have been able to draw up a list of work to which you are invited to donate, which can be found here


Each appeal document details how donations can be made by cheque through the post, you will also see on the right hand side of each web page that we accept donations via PayPal and Virgin Money Giving, also we accept payments directly into the Trust Bank Account.  The Trust can also enhance your donation by claiming Gift Aid.

Further detail on making donations can be found here by viewing our membership/donation form.


Updated 31st August 2021

Each weekend in August the Worth Valley ran Vintage Trains each Saturday and Sunday.
This included the 3 days of the Bank Holiday weekend (28th/29th/30th August) as part of Railway Children Celebrations, which are expected to feature the restored L&YR 0-6-0 ‘Ironclad’ 957 in steam.
These trains featured our 6-wheel carriages and the Club Carriage.

Photos and Youtube videos of the stock in use on previous weekends can be found elsewhere on the site.

752 on ELR public services 2021


(Updated 30th October 2021 – running dates further changed)
East Lancashire Railway have advised that 752 (still running as BR 51456) is scheduled to run public services on selected Sundays between July and November 2021, operating the steam service of their ‘Blue’ timetable, 752 being planned to take over the steam service from the 11:55 departure from Bury Bolton Street, running the rest of the service to finish at Bolton Street at 17:03.

Due to problems being experienced with the vacuum brake system the running on Sundays in September was not possible and some of the dates in October and November were not possible for operational reasons.

The photo above has been supplied by and is copyright of ‘Andrew’ from flickr, showing 752/51456 with steam to spare from the safety valves heading up from Burrs in heavy rain on July 4th 2021 – the rain can be seen by viewing the photo on flickr here and clicking on the photo to enlarge it.

These Sundays are the first public use of 752 since it came to the rescue on East Lancashire Railway services between Bury and Rawtenstall on the weekend of 15th & 16th August 2020, there is a Youtube video from LMS VIDEO’S of the August 2020 use taken from a drone which covers some of the journey. This can be found here and opens in a new window.

Coronavirus Lockdown and restart of operation

Updated 25th July

With the publication of plans for a staged end to the early 2021 lockdown, preserved railways were able to restart public services from mid-April onwards, although proposed end dates for lifting of restrictions were expected to be put back, including the final stage from 21st June, although .
most relaxations took effect from 19th July.
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, our 6-wheel carriages were in use on some services until mid-May, then will be used on some Vintage Trains Weekends in July and August, see more details here.

The East Lancashire Railway restarted services from 1st May, more details of the full service and events can be seen here.
Our Saddletank 752 (still posing as BR 51456) will be used on services on a number of Sundays at the East Lancashire Railway, see our separate post here (opens in new window).

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, hopefully by late 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