More ‘Firsts’ for the L&Y train – Appeal

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 . Continue reading

First locomotive arrival on KWVR – 7th January 1965

It is exactly 50 years ago today  that the first locomotive arrived on the Railway, Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway 0-4-0ST ‘Pug’ 51218, purchased from Neath, South Wales by the L&Y Saddletanks Fund. The following extract has been re-created thanks to the kind permission of Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Trust.

Following withdrawal by British Railways in September 1964 and purchased by the Saddletanks Fund in November 1964, the Worth Valley Railway were glad to greet the arrival of their first locomotive, Pug 51218, on January 7 1965.

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2014 Vintage Trains

Our special Vintage trains will operate on selected Sundays throughout the summer using steam locomotives and coaches, one dating back to the days of Queen Victoria. Enjoy a rare chance to ride in historic wooden bodied carriages of yesteryear. The 2014 Vintage Train Sundays are split over June, July and August, June 22 and 29, July 20 and 27, August 10 and 17.

This year trains will be hauled by the famous LNWR 0-6-2T ‘Coal Tank’ no. 1054 (Subject to availability).  As announced elsewhere, the Old Gentleman’s Saloon is not available this year, so the trains will consist of all three operational carriages owned by the Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway Trust with an additional vehicle from the Railways operational fleet.

Featured image: Richard Beckett

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Keighley Filming – a triumph of teamwork

As many readers are aware the Railway played host to a major film company last week with Keighley station transformed to represent a major mainline station elsewhere in the country and the rolling stock adapted to represent the period of the film.

The Railway has rightly gained an enviable reputation for working closely with film and television programme makers to deliver their location and period requirements. Recent successes have included the BBC2 drama ‘Peaky Blinders’ and the first programme, ‘A Robber’s Tale’, in the BBC1 drama to mark the 50th Anniversary of the Great Train Robbery. To fulfil such filming contracts requires meticulous negotiations with the film makers and hours of dedicated planning by the Railway and its associated organisations. Continue reading