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

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


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.


Brake 1474 – mechanical work now complete


Bogie Brake 1474 has been the subject of investigation and repairs to the bogie springing during 2019 and 2020. The main issue was that 1474 rolled quite a bit when in use, probably indicating that there was weakness in the suspension almost certainly due to its age.
This had prevented its use in most service trains, although the Worth Valley agreed that it could be used for a filming contract in 2019 and permission was given for its use and on their initial post-COVID-19 services in August and September 2020.
The bogie suspension consists of primary and secondary (or auxiliary) components. The primary suspension comprises large coil springs located in the central bolster, the secondary being the leaf springs located over each axlebox together with a pair of auxiliary coil springs located at the outer end of each leaf spring.
The coil springs and tie bars on the bogies were replaced by August 2020, which showed a marked improvement, the the Worth Valley Direct of Engineering arranged for the chassis and body to be lifted from the bogies and it was found that further mechanical work was required on the bogies and their mountings connecting to the chassis and body.
After extensive research and investigation, the trustees decided to arrange restoration under a contract with the East Lancashire Railway at Bury, to which the carriage was taken by road in October 2020.

March 2022 – arrangements are now being made for the return of 1474 to the Worth Valley for services.

February 2022 – following the delayed arrival of new brake blocks to the L&YR pattern, completion of the bogies to be runnable enabled testing to take place on the ELR on 22nd February and the carriage ran in 4 shuttle return trips between Bury and Ramsbottom on Saturday 26th February during the ELR Gala between 25th and 27th February.

November 2021 – the reassembly of second bogie with brake linkages has taken longer than expected and it was hoped to have the carriage returned to the Worth Valley for the planned use in their ‘Elfmas’ Christmas services from late November, but this has not proved possible, it’s place being taken by Third 6-wheel 1507 as used in 2020.

September 2021 – restoration of the second bogie is now complete and it is hoped that shortly it will be refitted to the carriage and all the brake linkages set up ready for test runs in October before return to the Worth Valley for the planned use in their ‘Elfmas’ Christmas services from late November .

June 2021 – with the bulk of work on one of the bogies complete, we have been able to draw up a list of the work required together with expected costings. The cost of work so far has been met from Trust reserves and previous donations, donations towards the work would be welcomed, the list of work can be found here

February and March 2021 – extensive restoration and repair (together with parts replacement) is well advanced on one of the bogies, with the wheelsets seeing extensive restoration work for further service as well as replacement of the bolster springs and other components.

January 2021 – removal of parts for assessment has now started, with the brake end bogie removed, so far it has been established that the large bolster springs will need replacement, current work is being concentrated on the wheelsets and detailed examination of the other components making up the bogie.

November 2020 – 1474 is in the East Lancashire Railway workshops and initial evaluation of the work has progressed, but further work has been delayed by requirements for work on their operational carriages to be used in their forthcoming Santa services.

October 2020 has seen 1474 being taken by road to the East Lancashire Railway workshops at Bury to have extensive repairs to the bogies and body mountings following the recent detailed examination at the Worth Valley. Their workshops are not suitable to carry out the work mainly due to the need to keep the body separate from the bogies but for reassembly to take place as necessary at various times during the work.

September 2020 during this month the carriage was used on 5 days of Vintage Services and the riding was definitely improved. However further use of the carriage will not take place until extensive mechanical work has been completed, the trustees are currently establishing the best method of carrying out the work, almost certainly using external contractors.

August 2020 saw the detailed examination completed in Haworth Yard using the Bahamas Locomotive Society (BLS) steam crane, we are extremely grateful to the BLS for the efforts with this exercise. Various findings have been reported which indicate further work is required but the Brake has been approved for the currently planned services.

July 2020 has seen the suspension work completed but the detailed examination of the carriage has been delayed as a result of the lifting gear being located on the wrong side of the bridge replacement work near Ingrow, its relocation will take place shortly after the bridge work is completed in early August.

June 2020 has seen the resumption of work and the arrival of newly manufactured securing tie bolts and their associated fittings, see some photos below. The carriage has been relocated to the Worth Valley’s carriage and wagon workshop for final assembly to take place and for a detailed examination of the carriage involving lifting the body from the chassis, which might not have taken place for over 80 years.

March 2020 saw some springs removed for testing and temporarily replaced with steel tube. Examples of the auxiliary coil and leaf springs can be seen below along with an example of the securing tie bolts. Just before the Coronavirus lockdown, new coil spring manufacture was completed and some fitted, then work had to stop. However it was possible capture some photos as below.

January 2020 it’s been established that the auxiliary coil springs in the secondary suspension have insufficient strength so 16 replacements are now on order thanks to a very good response to a fundraising request, and there is also sufficient funding to cover replacement of the 16 securing tie bars and fittings. Copies of the original L&YR general arrangement drawings of the bogies were obtained in 2019 via the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Society and it’s been found that the full specification for the replacement springs was detailed on the drawings. The material used over 100 years ago is now hard to obtain, so an alternative design has been established and approved by the Worth Valley’s Director of Engineering.

The photos below are supplied by the Trust’s team of of Jim Hindle, David and Daniel Winters as well as Trustee Peter Eastham and the Worth Valley’s Engineering Director, John Reddyhoff.
Click on any image to view large version and as a slideshow

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L&YR Saloon 12 rescued

Updated March 2022
In 2018 we advised in ON TRUST that we had inspected Saloon 12 which had been owned by the late Dave Lewis, which was for sale by his widow.  We had decided that we could not take on the project but a few months later there was a threat of destruction, so it was rescued and put into safe private storage in May 2019 pending looking for some charity or society who can take it on for full restoration, although the Trust may take on the work.

Below is a photo of 12 after being moved from private storage to the East Lancashire Railway on 24th March 2022 for safe storage and evaluation for restoration on the prepared chassis.

September 2021 the chassis has now been prepared to provide a level base for storage of the body

February 2021 a chassis has been secured to provide a suitable level base during restoration, it is only 4-wheeled and may be in future be replaced with a more appropriate 6-wheeled chassis.

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March 2020 Steam Galas

The Worth Valley and East Lancashire railways held Steam Gala weekend events on 6th to 8th March, both of which were a success.

The Worth Valley Gala used only our Club Carriage 47 in one of the service trains – for operational reasons our 6-wheelers could not be used.
The East Lancashire Gala featured our loco 752 in the guise of 51456 on its first public service trains. Our Pug 19 has been temporarily relocated from the Ribble Steam Railway at Preston and was on static display in the guise of 51241.

Videos of the Galas can be found on our Video online web page, most of them from YouTube
Photos can be found on or Photos -stock in use web page, most of them from Flickr