Easter weekend – railways for pleasure

Visiting family over the weekend, I expected no railway input. Father in law had other ideas and Saturday afternoon saw us heading for the York model railway show. Lots of quality models, and a good time, but I just wanted to share this little cameo that took my eye – a part of a layout with an ironstone quarry modelled. I have never seen such a feature before, but have been interested in the iron ore industry for over 20 years – and this made my afternoon. Simple pleasures!

Needing to take smallest daughter out this morning, she asked to go on a train ride (oh dear…). So we popped over the hill to Ingrow and caught the 10.31 to Keighley as we didn’t have much time. To my delight, in came 25 059, my first class 25 for haulage in nearly 30 years.

We had a smashing little run to Keighley and back, arriving at Ingrow just after 11am in time for a quick look around the Vintage Carriages Trust Museum of Rail Travel. They, along with the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway are celebrating 40 years since the filming of “The Railway Children” on the line, and have an exhibition to commemorate. The little Husdwell Clarke loco “Lord Mayor” is also decorated for this – it wasn’t in the film, but did feature in posters and publicity for the film.

Inside the museum, the emphasis is on being able to access the carriages and sample the exceptional restorations that the VCT have carried out.

Trustee Michael Cope was kind enough to show us round the restoration workshop, containing a 1924 Southern Railway corridor third “matchboard” brake on the left, and a British Railways Bulleid designed open third coach, made in 1950 and undergoing extensive work that has so far taken some 22 years!

The Vintage Carriages Trust also maintain a very important on-line register of preserved railway heritage items – carriages, wagons and horse drawn vehicles. To access it and investigate what it where, have a look here: http://www.vintagecarriagestrust.org/surveystatus.asp

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About Anthony Coulls

Anthony is Senior Curator of Rail Vehicles at the NRM and has been an active heritage railway volunteer since 1988
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