Home of the L&YR Trust

  • LNWR Coal Tank 1054 heads all our carriages along GN Straight on the Worth Valley during their 50th anniverary celebration in June 2018. Photo from 'feroequinologist' of Flickr

Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Trust is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation which owns a unique collection of steam locomotives and carriages previously owned by the Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway over 100 years ago.

Registered with the Charity Commission for England and Wales with Registration Number 1157071, the origins of the Trust go back to 1964 when a group of enthusiasts in Rochdale established the L&Y Saddletanks Fund.

Our locomotives are located at preserved railways in Lancashire and Yorkshire, Pug 51218 at the Worth Valley, Pug 19 and Saddletank 752 at East Lancashire Railway at Bury.
Restoration of 752 is complete and it returned to public service in early March 2020.
51218 was intended to be the next restoration project before the Coronavirus lockdown closed preserved railways, it is being preceded by Pug 19, which was relocated from the Ribble Steam Railway at Preston to the East Lancashire Railway in January 2020 for evaluation and restoration, which is now completed and it entered public service for its first ever time with a passenger train during an event at the East Lancashire Railway on 18th and 19th June 2022.
Our carriages are normally on public display in the Exhibition Shed on the Worth Valley at Oxenhope when they are not in use, but this is not always possible due to operational requirements – in fact they were used on public service for 5 weekends in July and August 2021.
In October 2020 our Brake Carriage 1474 was taken by road for repair work at the Bury works of the East Lancashire Railway, but has now returned to the Worth Valley Railway for public use with our other three carriages on the Vintage Trains Sunday services between 19th June and 17th July 2022, and on 19th June all of our 4 carriages were hauled by an ex-L&YR loco, ‘Ironclad’ 957 currently running as British Railways 52044.

Not on public display is the body of an L&YR family saloon which was threatened with destruction and we helped to rescue in 2019, in March 2022 this was moved from secure private storage by its owner to storage away from public display onto a former wagon chassis at the East Lancashire Railway whilst options for its restoration are evaluated.