Centenary of merger of L&YR and L&NWR January 1922 onwards – events September and October 2022 now including 957/52044 and 51218

Updated 25th September 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, March and June.
Other events planned include the following during the remainder of 2022 –

October 14th to 16th, East Lancashire Railway Autumn Steam Gala will now feature all our locos operating, Pug 19, Saddletank 752 (as 51456) and Pug 51218 being taken there for static display for the remainder of 2022. The Bowers 957 Trust and Worth Valley Railway have agreed that ‘Ironclad’ 957 (as 52044) will be brought from the Worth Valley to operate during the Gala with many others including L&Y ‘A’ Class 52322, more details on their website, click here.

Saturdays in September and weekend of 1st/2nd October – Pug 19 will be visiting its long-term location of static display at the Ribble Steam Railway at Preston. It will operate services each Saturday in September and during their Gala on 1st/2nd October, more information on their website, click here.

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.