(updated on 24th September)
CARRIAGES AT THE WORTH VALLEY RAILWAY – from the end of September, the use of our carriages will be confined to the Third Class six-wheel 1507, which the trustees have agreed that the Worth Valley can use in their Santa services running at weekends from late November through to Christmas.
The mechanical condition of the Bogie Brake 1474 is not considered suitable for use on the 12 operating days and further repairs on it may commence from October onwards.
The Worth Valley used our six-wheel and Brake compartment carriages for Vintage Train services operating on 6 Sundays and 2 Saturdays from 23rd August to 27th September inclusive. Our Brake carriage was approved for use on these services following detailed examination and provided facilities for carriage of wheelchair passengers and people accompanying them. To make our carriages more convenient for boarding at Oxenhope, they have been turned on Keighley turntable and the Brake end now faces south – as it arrived in 1965.
PLEASE NOTE – due to constraints of post-lockdown operation all Worth Valley train services are subject to advance booking via the Worth Valley website. Accomodation on the trains is booked per compartment in advance, unfortunately there are no concessions for Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Trust or Worth Valley members.
Most services will only pick up passengers at Oxenhope with a return non-stop return trip. Full details of services are available on their website – see here
LOCOMOTIVES AT THE EAST LANCASHIRE RAILWAY – currently Saddletank 752 is in the ELR workshop receiving attention to the steam leaks on the cylinder glands, this was caused by pitting that developed on the piston rods during the long overhaul. Steam heating equipment is also being fitted and 752 may be used on some services from October onwards.
During August and September the ELR resumed steam services although last-minute government changes prevented running on 1st/2nd August, then on 15th and 16th August an unexpected loco failure led to our 752 coming to the rescue to run public services – see other news item – and the ELR now plan to run each weekend, as advertised on their website – see here
Our other loco at the ELR, Pug 19, is in their workshop under evaluation for restoration and is therefore not on public display.