News and Updates
First carriage arrives at LNERCA’s new workshop
A new chapter in the annals of the LNERCA took place on May 3 when the first carriage entered the LNERCA’s new workshop facility in the Beansheaf industrial estate, Pickering. This was Restaurant First 2118, built in 1922, making it one of the last to be built by the North Eastern Railway.
This unique carriage was moved the 13 miles from a farm at Barton Hill adjacent to the main York-Malton A64 road where it has resided for over seven years.
2118 was for three decades resident at Bounds Green depot, north London, in Departmental use, initially as a work study carriage, then later as a degreasing vehicle. It was designated an Internal User vehicle (not allowed to leave the confines of the depot) for which it was numbered 040877. The spillage of solvents did little to conserve parts of the woodwork. When finally withdrawn (for the second time) BR Eastern Region initially thought it was a Hull & Barnsley Railway design. The H&BR was absorbed by the NER the year 2118 was built, a year before the NER passed into history a year later with the Grouping.
The moving of 2118 into the industrial premises means the carriage is under cover for the first time in over 40 years. It is also free of tarpaulins, again for the first time in 32 years. It is evident the carriage is in extremely poor condition and an assessment is to be undertaken to see what can be done initially to conserve it, pending a more thorough rebuild.
Atkins shed progress
The two carriages domiciled in the Atkins shed, Pickering station, are Tourist Third Open (TTO) 23956 and Restaurant First 189. The National Railway Museum’s TTO is having numerous jobs undertaken – recent attention has been refitting the glue blocks (these triangular wooden blocks are glued to the frame and also the teak panels, the latter having received attention to repair cracks) and also to the roof boards pending the fitting of a new roof sheet.
Meanwhile, the LNERCA’s flagship project, East Coast Joint Stock 189 is receiving considerable attention internally with the sanding down of the ceiling preparatory to final painting and adorning with Lincrusta friezes. This attention to detail will make 189 a showcase carriage when completed.
Hull College assists ECJS Dining Car 189
On Sunday 2nd May the LNERCA was visited by Graham Jessop from Hull College. This visit was organised through the LNERCA’s close relationship with the Hull & Barnsley Railway Stock Fund (H&BRSF), who have two carriages (No. 58 and No. 1), located at the college as part of apprentice training scheme.
East Coast Joint Stock 3rd class diner, No. 189 located at Pickering, requires some major items fabricating, such as the gasoliers in the saloons. The design of electric replicas, fabrication of a prototype, production run and installation will allow students to see the whole end to end process and will involve CAD design and 3D printing of various components. This project will be beneficial in the development of engineering skills in the students, the partnership bringing modern technologies to an 1894 built railway carriage.
This partnership is also important in the LNERCA meeting requirements from the HLF Cultural Recovery fund grant.
Graham was most impressed in the work on 189 and is excited in the college getting involved in a unique and historically important railway carriage. The LNERCA will be doing a presentation at the college once restrictions have been lifted.
The interior of 189 is currently masked off during the intensive sanding of the ceilings.
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If you are not a member of the LNERCA, do please consider joining. Your involvement, both financial and manually if possible, will be most welcome and you will be helping a tremendous cause. A quarterly newsletter comes with membership. Please see how to join on this website.
Our match funding initiative, supported by an anonymous donor, is still in being. All donations received up to June 30th 2021, including existing standing orders, will be matched pound for pound up to £50,000. Together with Gift Aid, this means that every £20 donation made will be worth £45 to the Association.
To take advantage of this match funding opportunity to support the Association, please consider making an on-line donation, either through our website, or by an internet bank transfer to our bank account which is with Lloyds Bank, sort code 30-63-64, account no. 27410460. Please use ‘MF’ followed by your surname as a reference. If we already hold a Gift Aid Form from you, there is no need for an additional one, but if we don’t, then please download one from our website (click here to download) and after completion, either post it to our Treasurer, Adrian Laming (4 Orchard Lane, Sowerby, Thirsk, YO7 1NE), or scan it and e-mail it to him (firstname.lastname@example.org).
It’s not often you can see this sight in a railway carriage – inside 189 showing the sides draped with plastic sheeting to protect the varnished matchboarding. The upper clerestory ceiling and the lower ceilings are being sanded to perfection prior to final painting – and the adding of the Lincrusta decorative friezes which will run the length of the saloon on both sides of the lower ceiling and clerestory roof. (Murray Brown)
The mouldings around the clerestory toplights have been fitted in the pantry – another delightful architectural feature of this wonderful Victorian carriage. The pantry area was added in 1909, 15 years after the carriage was built, This addition reduced the number of seats to 33 in the main saloon area. (Murray Brown)
Pictured L to R: Dave Cullingworth LNERCA Secretary, (holding archive photo of Dining Car interior), Marcus Woodcock, LNERCA volunteer liaison and 189 project lead, Gordon Wells, LNERCA Trustee and lead on electrical items, Martin Barker, H&BRSF and Graham Jessop, Hull College. (Bruce Robinson, H&BRSF).
Two unique carriages join LNERCA fleet
Major news this month is that two significant and both unique carriages have come under the LNERCA umbrella. In addition, the LNERCA has signed a five-year lease on an industrial unit on the outskirts of Pickering. This will transform the activities of the Association, as well as relieve the ‘log jam’ found at the Atkins shed which is severely limited as to number of vehicles which can be placed inside for overhaul or maintenance.
Now owned by the Association is East Coast Joint Stock TK 377. It dates from 1907 and has been acquired from a member who has kept it on the Llangollen Railway for 20 years. 377 is the second East Coast Joint Stock carriage to join the fleet, a companion to RT 189.
Also coming under the LNERCA’s custodianship is Thompson-designed 1948-built RB 1706. Since 1986, it has been domiciled on the Llangollen Railway and the owning group has now placed 1706 in the care of the LNERCA.
Both 1706 and 377 will be moving to the Embsay & Bolton Abbey Steam Railway.
The use of the superb additional premises near Pickering will provide both covered accommodation for ‘at risk’ vehicles such NER 2118, but will also house two other carriages on which work is progressing at RSR North East’s Spennymoor facility – Gresley TK 23896 and Thompson CL 88339. All three carriages will be moving soon to Pickering.
Also, the LNERCA is launching a new match funding initiative, supported by an anonymous donor, which works as follows. All donations received between April 1st and June 30th 2021, including existing standing orders, will be matched pound for pound up to £50,000. Together with Gift Aid, this means that every £20 donation made will be worth £45 to the Association.
To take advantage of this match funding opportunity to support the Association, please consider making an on-line donation, either through our website, or by an internet bank transfer to our bank account which is with Lloyds Bank, sort code 30-63-64, account no. 27410460. Please use ‘MF’ followed by your surname as a reference. If we already hold a Gift Aid Form from you, there is no need for an additional one, but if we don’t, then please download one from our website and after completion, either post it to our Treasurer, Adrian Laming (4 Orchard Lane, Sowerby, Thirsk, YO7 1NE), or scan it and e-mail it to him (email@example.com).
If you are not a member of the LNER Coach Association, do please considering joining – the development of the Association is at an exciting time which augers so well for the future. Full details of how to join are on this website for which you will receive a quality quarterly newsletter and be contributing enormously to the future well-being of these historical, beautiful carriages.
Photograph: Dave Cullingworth.
Fox bogies to be finished at Pickering
The decision has been taken to complete the overhaul of the Fox bogies back at Pickering. These bogies, the type on which East Coast Joint Stock Restaurant Third 189 ran when built in 1894, had been moved to RSR North East at Spennymoor. These were dismantled and the wheelsets sent to Ian Riley Ltd at Castleton to have new tyres fitted.
However, the bogie overhaul stalled for various reasons, so in order to progress their completion, they have been brought back to the NYMR’s bogie repair facility, Kirby Misperton, near Pickering, where an assessment as to what is required will be undertaken.
Fox bogies, manufactured by Samson Fox Ltd, Leeds Forge Company, were an everyday sight in Victorian times but the advent of Nigel Gresley to Doncaster Works as Carriage & Wagon Superintendent in 1905 saw what became known as the Gresley bogie supersede the Fox variant.
The LNERCA was extremely fortunate to obtain a pair of Fox bogies – this was all due to the owner of a crane runner on the Colne Valley Railway, Martin Nixon, who kindly agreed to allow a swap to take place, the LNERCA providing two Gresley bogies in return for his Fox pair. Effecting a swap was itself a job and a half, involving a huge shunt at the Colne Valley Railway and two long distance road journeys.
The upshot, one day, means that 189 will be restored, to all intents and purposes, to its as-built condition, give or take some modern materials and, of course, no gas lighting!
One down, one to go
One side of the Composite Lavatory (CL) 88339 that is.
Jim Chittock, aided by his colleague Andy Meek, have all but completed the frame repairs on one side of the Thompson CL carriage at the Spennymoor premises of RSR North East. This is a milestone in the CL’s extensive repair, and work is starting imminently on the second side.
However, when the end panelling was removed, it has become apparent that all four corner pillar posts are in need of replacement. This is a classic example of discovering more work once a start has been made. This work will now be put in hand.
There will remain the small matter of providing, fitting and painting of a complete set of metal panelling for this unique 1947-built carriage which spent all of its working life until 1967 in Scotland.
One arrives, one goes away
It’s not every day that a restored LNER Gresley carriage arrives at the NYMR. However, this has just happened with the arrival of Full Brake (BGP) 70754, destined to become the ‘Education’ carriage at Goathland station. This is one of the components of the Yorkshire Magnificent Journey Heritage Lottery project.
Considering the derelict state of 70754 prior to its renovation, its transformation has nothing short of remarkable. Lee Sharpe Engineering at Wirksworth on the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway has turned this woebegone carriage into a head-turner.
70754 has been painted in NER crimson in keeping with Goathland’s period image. It has been fitted with a toilet and will replace the existing static vehicle which will be moved to Levisham, thus offering a toilet for disabled visitors at that station.
What is commendable is that the shelving in 70754, used to hold the pigeon baskets, has been retained. Indeed, top marks to Helena Fox, the NYMR Learning & Interpretation Officer, who is keen to retain as much of the pigeon paraphernalia as she would like to be able to show visitors a little of the vehicle’s raison d’etre. The LNERCA has supplied the carriage’s history for this purpose.
Meanwhile, making the journey south to the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway on the same transporter which brought 70754 to Pickering is Gresley TTO 43632, destined to become the carriage in the LNER set with space and a toilet for disabled passengers. An enormous amount of time and effort was put into this NYMR-owned carriage by LNERCA personnel in repairing the teak panels which will eventually be fitted.
Here are the dismantled Fox bogies, destined to go under ECJS RTO 189, residing in the bogie repair facility of the NYMR at nearby Kirby Misperton on the outskirts of Pickering. An assessment has been made of what work is required and this work is now proceeding under the supervision of manager Kelvin Whitwell. Photo: Nick Stringer.
Repairing the framing on the Thompson Composite Lavatory (CL) carriage 88339 inside the workshop of RSR (North East) Ltd at Spennymoor is Jim Chittock and his colleague Andy Meek. They are about to start work on the second side. The LNERCA has five carriages stored at this location whilst the carriage stable shed is completed at Pickering, though one or more of these carriages may well up at the new LNERCA covered accommodation in the Pickering area if successful negotiations are concluded. Photo: Nick Stringer.
Ah, slight problem! A close up of the corner pillar on 88339, clearly depicting replacement is the order of the day. Times this by four! Photo: Nick Stringer.
At least with the discovery of the past their sell by date corner pillars, the extent of the renovation on this unique carriage is now known. Jim Chittock, former carriage builder at York Works, is in the background. Photo: Nick Stringer.
A remarkable sight – and transformation. This was the derelict Gresley BGP obtained by the NYMR from the North Tyneside Railway as part of the Yorkshire Magnificent Journey project – where it will become the Education coach, stabled at Goathland. The work to turn the derelict Gresley into this gleaming vehicle was undertaken by Lee Sharpe Engineering, Wirksworth on the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway. Photo: Kieran Murray.
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LNERCA embarks on new restoration
A carriage which has not carried passengers for 60 years is to see work start on its completion so that the general public can once again savour its historical ambience.
Corridor Third (TK) 23896 was built in 1935, the year Gresley’s first A4 2509 Silver Link debuted and the year the ‘Silver Jubilee’ was inaugurated. It was also the year which saw the first canned beer and the first parking meters installed, both in America.
23896 later became 12328 in the 1948 renumbering scheme, but its mundane life became intriguing when in 1961, it was withdrawn and earmarked to become one of the secret mobile control carriages (numbered TDE 321008) for use in future hostilities where, along with three other Gresleys, it could be stabled in a remote location and used to control railway operations. This never happened and for many years, this carriage, painted black with whited-out windows, was secreted away in Doncaster Carr depot. In 1979, the government decreed these carriages were no longer required and they were put up for sale. TDE 321008 was bought by Resco Railways and remained at Doncaster until 1984 whereupon it moved to Steamtown Carnforth. It was here the LNERCA took over ownership and the carriage had a large amount of bodywork repaired, including the external teak varnished.
It came to the NYMR in 2005. Because much work has already been accomplished, it is a matter of ‘completion’ rather than ‘rebuild’.
The initial work will see the toilet partitions re-instated and the corridor screening renovated and replaced where necessary. This will be followed by the fitting of the compartment partitions themselves.
The carriage seats 64 and will be the first Gresley compartment carriage to be restored by the LNERCA. Its elevation to the top of the queue has been made possible by a generous benefactor who offered to match pound for pound funding raised – which the LNERCA members kindly rallied to the cause.
East Coast Joint Stock Restaurant Third 189
With the interior fully panelled out with match-boarding, attention has turned to fitting the specially made brass catches to the clerestory windows. The LNERCA is indebted to Oundle member Alan Anderson for undertaking to have these made. Two coats of varnish have been applied to the exterior. More coats are waiting the completion of the ornate lettering – well worth admiring if you are in Pickering – by Chris Johnson and warmer weather conducive to applying varnish.
LNER Fish Van E75167
Andrew Daniel has completed fitting new roof boards and the vehicle is now fully tarpaulined until the Spring when a new polyester fleece material will be installed on the roof in conjunction with Durashield. The large sliding doors, presently in store, will also emerge in warmer climes for fitting.
Tourist Third Open 43632
This NYMR-owned carriage is destined for conversion to enable disabled passengers to enjoy the NYMR and the LNERCA is supplying various components. The main job in December was the extraction of teak panels and repairing them. When the carriage first arrived on the NYMR, there was considerable plywood panelling and what teak was in situ was split – it is this which is being repaired to a high standard.
Tourist Third Open 23956
A start has been made on stripping this TTO for, in effect, a rebuild. External and internal panelling has been removed to gain access to the framing, some of which requires remedial attention. The roof canvas has been stripped off and will be renewed. It is over 15 years since the TTO made its restored debut and it is now time to put right the ravages of time spent out in the open.
The main saloon is now fully matchboarded, with two soaker coats of varnish. (Marcus Woodcock)
Mike Illingworth fitting the very last matchboard on the coach – in the attendant’s cupboard. The walls are now fitted and painted. (Marcus Woodcock)
The last of the roof boards on the LNER-designed Fish Van E75167 are put into place by Andrew Daniel on November 19, 2020. The fitting of the large sliding doors will take place in the Spring. (Marcus Woodcock)
LNERCA awarded £38,000
The LNER Coach Association is most pleased to announce an award of £38,000 from the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund. This much needed finance will enable us to resume work in conserving and restoring some of our priceless collection of heritage railway carriages. It also gives us the opportunity to develop the sharing of our heritage skill sets with local technical colleges, and the chance to attract a wider range of volunteers. It is going to make a real difference to our activities in 2021 and beyond. The LNERCA is grateful to the Cultural Recovery Fund for supporting us in our aims. Post lockdown you will be able to visit our workshop at Pickering and see our work in progress.
In passing, we cannot run our beautiful carriages without a superb railway on which to operate, and it is great news to hear the North Yorkshire Moors Railway has been awarded a sum of £1.9 million from the same source – this will ensure the NYMR has a thriving future in these difficult times.
Hot off the press! The first and brand new 2021 Calendar is now available – in the website shop.
Featuring the LNER carriages behind a superb variety of locomotives, you can enjoy 2021 as it progresses by a different locomotive and location for every month.
Besides the NYMR’s fleet of traction including A4 Sir Nigel Gresley, the Calendar also features two visiting LNER A4s – Bittern and Union of South Africa.
By buying this lovely Calendar, you will be helping the LNERCA to continue its quest to restore these beautiful LNER carriages and its antecedents for the public to enjoy in future years.
We have not set a price, but are seeking a donation of a minimum of £10 (p&p is £2).
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