Whilst mainline operators like Virgin and First Great Western are replacing some of their First Class accommodation with Standard Class, the L&Y train owned by the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Trust will be gaining a First Class carriage in 2015.
Restoration of Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway first class carriage no. 279 carriage is progressing rapidly in the workshops at Oxenhope and the pictorial history of its rebuild can be found at the Trust’s own website www.lyrtrust.org.uk . However in order to ensure that the carriage does return to service this year, the Trust has launched an appeal for funds to restore seating to the coach .
This 6-wheeler was built by the L&YR in 1880 and withdrawn from service in 1910 when the body, now removed from its underframe, became temporary living accommodation near Burnley. In 1996 it was donated to the Trust and is now mounted on the chassis of an ex-LMS six wheel brake carriage which was damaged by fire.
The restoration team are now preparing for the very important upholstery stage – using a professional upholsterer. Each seat has an individual cushion and dividers. The material is blue velvet to match scraps of original material found during restoration which will be set off with contrasting braid and piping. The finishing touch will be carpet runners from door to door which are in stock, having been purchased at the time of the restoration of the Blackpool Club Car.
The Trust are looking for help to complete this task and this leads to the opportunity to sponsor one or more of the twenty-four seats. Each seat will cost £500 and can be sponsored individually or in partnership. A discreet brass plate recording the sponsorship can be added if required.
The quality of restoration by the L&YRT team is there for all to see in the three coaches already restored and used on the Vintage Train during the summer months. If you would like to help, please click HERE to download a sponsorship form to be completed for inclusion with you donation.