Vintage Trains

2018 will once again see the Railway offering passengers the chance to travel as our forebears did 100 years ago with our Vintage Train service that will be operating on six Sundays during the warmer summer months.

On Sundays 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th July and 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.

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).

Usually included in the formation is the L&YRT’s Club Coach (below), harking back to an different era when businessmen living in Blackpool, ‘clubbed’ together to finance there own coach for commuting from Blackpool to Manchester for their daily work. All the coaches have been beautifully restored and opportunities to travel in them are very rare indeed. Many of them have even featured in film and TV period drama productions.

2017 saw the debut of a fourth Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway coach, a 1st class 6-wheeled carriage dating from 1880, no. 279.

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The equally vintage Steam Locomotive, Taff Vale Railway 0-6-2T no. 85 operated services in 2016 and is scheduled to haul these services again.  This locomotive was built in 1899 by Neilson Reid & company at its Hyde Park Works in Glasgow for the Taff Vale Railway.

In addition LNWR ‘Coal Tank’ 0-6-2T 1054 may share duties courtesy of the Bahamas Locomotive Society.

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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.

On some occasions there will be a Brass Band at Oxenhope or Keighely to add to the atmosphere.

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