LNER Coach Association

Registered Charity no.1095337


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.

Latest News - updated 24-5-2015

Launch of BTK 3669
The long-awaited ‘red letter day’ finally came on May 9 when, after 13 years of toil, in the main by three men, £80,000 spent and goodness knows how many thousands of man-hours expended, Brake Third Corridor (BTK) No. 3669 entered service. The event was marked by an invitation to all those who had worked on the carriage and to members of the LNER Coach Association. Sir Nigel Gresley’s grandson, Tim Godfrey, officiated and declared the carriage ‘ready for service’ by cutting a ribbon.
Two runs were made between Pickering and Grosmont. The carriage, being built in 1930, pre-dated the A4 by a small number of years. One of the highlights was the buffet lunch provided by Marcus Woodcock’s wife, Mags, she of the Eatmore Pudding Club fame, well known in East Yorkshire for such culinary delights.
In true LNERCA tradition, the toilet was not quite finished - but who cared? The carriage has been requested back in Pickering yard to enable the toilet to be finished.
Co-owner, Nick Stringer opened the proceedings and welcomed visitors before handing over to Tim Godfrey. Co-owner Marcus Woodcock then spoke to thank all those who had helped get the carriage where it is today – a far cry from the gutted ‘wreck’ it was when he took it over in 2002.
It has only just been found out when it was withdrawn from passenger service – 1961. This means it had 20 years in Departmental service - as the Riding Van with the Healey Mills breakdown train.
3669 now takes its place in the LNER set – perhaps the greatest shame being that the public has to be let into it. Frankly, the general consensus was that that a supplement should really be charged to travel in this pristine carriage, despite the fact that, when built, it was a ‘bog standard’ Third class carriage!

3669’s entry into service

3669 - A total transformation from the ‘wreck’ Marcus Woodcock took on 13 years ago


The end is in sight for 1623.
No – not its demise – but its completion. With an anticipated completion later this year,  Thompson Third Corridor (TK) 1623 lurches towards that goal.
The springs have just been received back from Owens at Sheffield after overhaul. Seven were found repairable, but the eight had to be renewed. These will now be fitted and the completed bogies swapped with the accommodation bogies presently under 1623.
At the same time, the gangway ends will be lifted into place and secured.
Work is progressing well with another potential ‘show stopper’ - the manufacture of the compartment shoulder lights. A blacksmith in the Midlands is making the new backing plates incorporating a toggle switch and bulb holder, whilst a lampshade manufacturer in Suffolk is specially making the lampshades for which the drawings, photos and switches to which they are attached have been sent. This has taken many months to sort but at long last, optimism prevails.  All this because BR most inconsiderately threw out everything -  luggage racks, seats, lights and one toilet when the carriage was converted for Departmental use with the Civil Engineer.

Rapidly nearing completion is our unique scumbled Thompson Third Corridor 1623

Work starts on ECJS 189
East Coast Joint Stock Restaurant car No. 189 is now drying out nicely in the Atkins building at Pickering and a start made on stripping what needs stripping.  The major problem being addressed is to ascertain why the clerestory roof sags slightly. Already, much wood has been procured to enable the roof to be renovated to the required standard.
The roof cornice which traps the roof canvas is being removed as a new canvas will eventually be refitted. This cornice runs around the entire circumference of the carriage at the top of the body.
Another problem being rectified entails removing internal paneling to gain access to the glue blocks. Unfortunately, whoever put these on previously used the incorrect glue type. So, they are all being replaced using the correct type of glue, ensuring that they will remain in place to do their intended job – holding on the teak panels. Local school parties have already visited the unique carriage as part of the educational and interpretative elements sought by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
It’s hard to believe this carriage, built in 1894, was withdrawn as long ago as 1929 and then survived for decades on a pig farm at Holme on Spalding Moor.

Fish Van latest
Once the bogies for Thompson TK 1623 are finished and placed under the carriage, it is intended to move the 1948-built Fish Van, the last complete survivor, to Pickering yard to enable our coded welder to resume work. Then, once the LMS brakevan is finished by the Pickering Wagon Group, there will then be room in the Atkins building to move E75169. This is because ECJS 189 is only 51’6” long, leaving space for two wagons – the Esso tank wagon, the present major project by the PWG, and our Fish Van.
The completion of the Fish Van has significant repercussions, because it will allow many of the major spares we hold to be housed inside it, such as spare gangway ends. This, in turn, will free up space in the workshop at High Mill.

Coach Week
The first of our two Coach Weeks takes place in the last week in May (25th-29th) with both weekends either side thrown in. There is plenty going on finishing 3669, 1623 and on-going work with 189. A warm welcome (and tea and cake) awaits anyone who would like to pop in – even for just a day to see if you enjoy the experience. We can be found in the Atkins building adjacent to the car park at Pickering station (over High Mill crossing, 100 yards past the station itself).
For more details, contact Murray Brown tel. 01733 578000.


On-line fund-raising schemes

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!

Shopping Portals

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.

Please help us to restore our coaches by making an online donation



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