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The LNER Coach Association was formed in 1980 with the objectives of obtaining, restoring and operating a collection of ex-LNER and / or constituent companies vehicles. It also provides an umbrella organisation for members with privately owned LNER and / or constituent companies vehicles for eventual use on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway.
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The LNERCA is pleased to be able to announce that it is in the final stages of acquiring ex-NER open first 2118 from current owners The Tinplate Trust. It is due to be moved from Quorn and Woodhouse at the GCR, to a private off-railway site in the coming weeks. Together with 189 and one of the Gresley kitchen cars it should eventually form the basis of a superlative vintage dining train
This coach was originally built at York in June 1922 as NER 2118, a First class dining car. When only 6 months old, it passed to the newly formed LNER, who renumbered it 22118 in 1925 and who later gave it new bogies, new windows, and an additional toilet. Ending up as an ordinary 3rd class open, it was withdrawn in September 1959, but fortunately then passed into departmental stock.
After periods at Ilford, then Bounds Green as a pay office and later an oven de-greasing van, it was sold to GCR in 1987, and in 1994 it was sold onto The Tinplate Trust.
ECJS 189 - Heritage Lottery Grant
The LNER Coach Association, based on the North York Moors Railway (NYMR) at Pickering in North Yorkshire, has secured a £98,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) towards a new project, Recreating Victorian Railway Travel. The project is centred on the restoration of an historic railway carriage, number ECJS189, for use as a working Victorian dining car on the NYMR. Once restored the coach will not only be used for dining, but also educational visits by school groups, family learning activities and hosting community groups interested in Victorian heritage.
The project will enable people to learn about railway travel in Victorian times by experiencing it for themselves. East Coast Joint Stock 189, to give the coach its full title, was built in 1894, and although partially restored externally, its interior requires almost complete reconstruction. Once the coach is finished to its original Victorian splendour, it will run on the NYMR, where it will be used for:-
Serving Victorian style meals, to give diners the unique experience of a Victorian restaurant car
School classes, being particularly relevant to those who are studying Victorian Britain as part of their history curriculum
Adult education for groups such as historical societies
Family learning activities such as dressing up in Victorian clothes, Victorian photographs, etc.
The LNER Coach Association specialises in the restoration of historic carriages for use on the NYMR. Coach ECJS189 recently came into the Association’s care in a semi-restored state. It is an important historical vehicle because it is the only survivor of one of the earliest examples of a restaurant car.
Commenting on the award, Roger Melton, Chairman of the LNER Coach Association said: “We are very excited to have received the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund for this project which will give travellers on the NYMR the opportunity to experience the coach in all its Victorian grandeur and ambience.”
Fiona Spiers, Head of HLF Yorkshire and the Humber, said: “People love railways and the restoration of this Victorian dining car will let an important part of local heritage become living history. The restored coach will open up a wide range of learning opportunities for different visitors allowing people to step back in time and experience Victorian life.”
A large amount for activity in recernt months has seen 1623 rapidly progress. The seven compartment doors have been fitted with toughened glass, stained and seven coats of varnish applied, rubbed down before each coat.
The two end vestibule doors have been varnished (four coats) and fitted.
The four main doors have been completed, with just the drop lights to fit - complete with leather strap.
Inside - a start has been made rubbing down the entire corridor with more varnish being added.
The compartment arm rests are ready to be screwed into position.
The first trial fitting of a compartment door has taken place.
View of the completed scumbling on one side of 1623 - photo: Andrew Daniel
However, the largest visual transformation is the exterior - one complete side of the carriage is now scumbled - truly magnificent. This is being painstakingly undertaken by SRPS craftsman, Dave Simpson, whose work is receiving much admiring comment. It is taking three coats to build up the required finish - and to fool observers that what looks like grained wood is, actually metal.
The news on the website has been updated and photos of 1623 and NER 2118 have been added to the gallery
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For more than 30 years the LNER Coach Association, based on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway at Pickering, has specialised in the restoration of historic railway carriages. The results of its labours can be seen in the magnificent teak train that runs regularly on the railway. With the current restoration project of Thompson TK 1623, a corridor coach with 7 individual compartments, nearing completion, attention is now turning to the Association's next projects - restoration of its oldest coach - ECJS 189 and its newest coach - Thompson CK 18477.
For details of this appeal, please download the appeal leaflet here , or email our Fund Raising Officer here
We have just launched several new schemes to help raise restoration funds on-line for the LNER Carriage Association on-line, with just few extra clicks. The new on-line fund raising schemes consist of two web shopping portals and two search engine schemes, and by using these schemes you can help raise money for us, without it costing you a penny!
The two shopping portals are buy.at and easyfundraising.co.uk. If you shop on-line, using either of these portals, then for every purchase you make, we receive commission on that purchase, whilst you pay the same amount as you would have, if you had made the purchase direct!
On-line shops available through the Buy At scheme include Amazon, Asda, CD Wow, E.on, Hertz, Ikea, More Than, National Lottery, Premier Inn, and many more. The complete list of participating stores, and what commission they offer, can be viewed on the site. This scheme doesn't even require you to register, all you have to do is go to http://buy.at/lnerca , and start shopping!!
On-line shops available through the Easyfundraising scheme include AA Travel Insurance, Argos, Blockbuster, iTunes, More Than, The Trainline, Thomas Cook, WH Smiths and Wickes. The complete list of participating stores can be viewed here . To use this scheme, you do need to register first, a process that only takes a few minutes and can be done here .
Search Engine Schemes
The two search engine schemes are www.everyclick.com and www.easysearch.org.uk . These schemes work by the web company donating some of the money they receive from advertising fees, for each search that is completed using the search portal.
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