On successive Sundays 8th July – 5th August, Vintage Trains will operate using some of our older locomotives and coaches, many of which date back to Victorian times and rarely see public use. Step back in time in Old Gentleman’s Saloon, made famous in film The Railway Children, when courtesy and luxury went hand in hand.
Here’s a snapshot by Steaming Around Yorkshire of our Vintage Trains Sunday on the 3rd July last year.
These carriages form part of the Railway’s museum collection and include examples from the Vintage Carriages Trust (VCT) and the Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway Trust. (L&YRT).
The Old Gentleman’s Saloon is on long term loan to the Railway and is believed to be the oldest passenger coach still in use in the UK. Originally built in 1871 for the Stockton & Darlington Railway you can now follow in the footsteps of the Duchess of Cornwall who travelled in the coach on her visit to the Railway in February 2018. For more information about this venerable coach, click HERE >>>
2017 saw the debut of a fourth Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway coach, a 1st class 6-wheeled carriage dating from 1880, no. 279.
The equally vintage steam locomotive, LNWR ‘Coal Tank’ 0-6-2T 1054 courtesy of the Bahamas Locomotive Society, will be in charge of the Vintage Trains throughout the summer. However, with the hot weather experienced in Jun and July this year the trackside is tinder dry. To avoid the risk of fire a more powerful locomotive may have to be substituted for 1054.
All of these services are in addition to our usual steam train services which will continue as normal. There’s no need to pre-book your tickets – just purchase them on the day of travel. Travel in the Old Gentleman’s Saloon and coach no. 279 is subject to a ‘First Class’ surcharge of £5 to luxuriate in these opulent surroundings. This surcharge is payable at the time of your booking.
A touch of extra luxury
If you decide to travel in the Old Gentleman’s Saloon, they why not treat yourself to Strawberries and Cream with a glass of Prosecco. Just board the train and order your treat from the on-board attendant (just as the Old Gentleman would have done in The Railway Children). The cost is £6 payable to the attendant.
A non-alcoholic alternative of strawberries and cream with fresh juice is available – price for this is £4
On some occasions there will be a Brass Band at Oxenhope or Keighely to add to the atmosphere.