Latest News – updated November 13th, 2021

Compartments start to go in TK 23896
For the first time in 60 years, Corridor Third 23896 has some compartments re-instated – and more are on the way.
For six decades, this former secret mobile control carriage (as TDE 321008) was, in effect, a totally open carriage, with just the corridor screens in place, i.e. the partitions between the compartments had all been removed. Its function was as a generator carriage to provide power for the four-coach sets (based at both Retford and Doncaster Carr) which would have been used to control the railway network in the event of hostilities. The floor had been strengthened to accommodate the generator.
When 23896 passed into the ownership of the LNERCA, some contract work was undertaken at Steamtown Carnforth relating to the external bodywork. Inside, nothing was done . . . until now.
With the welcome provision of the workshop at Unit 10, Kirby Misperton, 23896 was moved from the NYMR where it had arrived from Carnforth in the Spring of 2010 and work was started to return this Corridor Third to a real TK.
Andrew Daniel is masterminding the work, aided by Ian Carney. The existing screens are being removed piece by piece (i.e. for each compartment) for renovation and repair as required. Andrew is cutting away the bottom 5 and a half inches off the bottom of each screen and replacing them with new – this is to remove the worn and damaged bottoms of the screens. Once the repaired screens are fully repaired, new pieces of wood being skillfully inserted where needed, they are varnished by Neil Cawthorne, and are lifted back into the carriage for refitting. This then allows the brand new blockboard partitions to be installed. These are being cut to size in three sections which interlock, forming the complete partition. The framework of all eight compartments should be in place early next year.
As the carriage was built in 1935, the area above the seats will be vinyled. Talking of seats, the plan is to make brand new ones rather than try and convert former BR Mk.1 bench seats.

Repaired screens
After six decades of being what amounted to an empty (open) carriage, three of the eight compartments are now back re-instated. For all these years, just the corridor screens were in place – and some of these were missing or damaged. This is the view along the corridor showing the carriage being returned to as-built condition. By the end of the year, all eight compartments should be back in place. In addition, the two toilet compartments will require re-instating – and this is in hand too.

New screens & partitions
Here are three new blockboard sections leaning up against the yet to be restored NER First Open 2118. On the left is a new screen section. The compartment doors will be situated either side of the ends of this panel once it has been fitted into 23896, with the actual compartment partition at right angles in the middle. The centre panel is part of the actual partition, the give-away being the curved top, whilst on the right is a panel for the toilet wall section. Hardwood bottoms can be seen on all three panels to provide durability and to match the existing repaired screens.

General View
A compartment screen has just been lifted off its floor fastening and is awaiting removal so that it can be repaired as required with spliced in new wood sections and bottom hardwood panel. In the background can be seen the new compartment partition made up of three sections which interlock. The green Acrow Props hold up the roof until the new partitions are installed upon which they are then moved along.

Thompson Composite Lavatory (CL) 88339
This 1947-built carriage which spent its entire life in Scotland pre preservation is adjacent to TK 23896 and has had its second side panelling removed en bloc to allow access to repair defective framing.
Unfortunately, what was hoped to be a quick and easy carriage restoration project is turning out to be the opposite. Although this popular carriage ran for several years on the NYMR, it never received a proper overhaul before it went into service. Removal of the steel panelling has revealed the very poor state of the framing, much of which is having to be replaced. The steel panelling itself will also have to be replaced, as will all the glass and the electrical system. The doors require overhaul and fitting, as does all door furniture. The corridor needs repair. The ceilings need repainting. The underframe needs cleaning and repainting. The bogies need overhauling, as do the brakes. The list goes on.
However, there is some good news. The interior seats and fittings are safely undercover at Kirby Misperton, and require only minor repairs and re-upholstery. Even better, we have found an experienced painter who can produce the ‘scumbled’ teak finish that we need, and he has been booked to do that work during next year.
Gresley Tourist Third Open (TTO) 23956
In the Atkins shed at Pickering, the external sides of the TTO are just about ready for varnishing, with the beading (to keep out the water) having been pinned into position by Mike Illingworth. Inside, all the internal plywood panelling is being removed so that the glue blocks, many of which are failing due to the poor adhesion qualities of the original glue used, can be replaced. To do this entails removing the steam heating pipe and covers, and moving all the seats from one side of the carriage on top of the other side’s seats to allow access to the panels.

External beading
Mike Illingworth hammers in the brass pins holding a section of the beading which covers the two teak panels on the bodyside. Such is his skill that if you look along the whole length of the carriage, the beading covering the two teak panels is exactly horizontal the entire length. Before the beading is pinned, the small gap between the two panels is filled with mastic, which is also applied to the internal surface of the beading – this can be seen being squeezed out as the pins are hammered. Object? To keep out water, the arch enemy of carriage restorers.

Seat Edging
Whilst the original glue blocks which hold the teak panels onto the main framing are being replaced using vastly improved and effective glue, the opportunity is being taken to repair the seating upholstery, in particular the edging strips on the armrests. Steve Hone, a dab hand in this area of carriage restoration, seen tacking on a replacement strip of edging material. All photos: Murray Brown.


ECJS Restaurant Third (RT) 189
Our gilder, Neil Cawthorne, is continuing to apply gold leaf to the Lincrusta friezes in the main saloon of this 1894-built Restaurant Third – a truly magnificent sight. It is hard to believe that this was a common practice in Victorian carriage building when compared to today’s modern train carriage décor – invariably a soulless grey plastic with strip lighting. One of the east side doors on 189 has also had gold leaf applied to the lining to see if it is feasible to do all the external lining with gold leaf. This will test the patience of our gilder, the end result of which will be a restored carriage which will take one’s breath away.

Gold leaf
This is a section of Lincrusta frieze in ECJS RT 189 with the gold leaf applied – an extraordinary embellishment which, when the whole carriage is completed, will be an amazing vision to behold. Just imagine looking up at the lower ceiling and clerestory and beholding this awesome sight the full length of the carriage. Neil Cawthorne is the craftsman gilder responsible.

LNER designed Fish Van E75169
Away from the limelight, this secondary project has not received mention for some time. The pole from which the doors are suspended, and along which open and close, are held in place on each side of the van by five brackets. We are two brackets short. There are three variations of the brackets and, having identified the two missing variations, samples have been taken to the NYMR’s bogie repair facility next to Unit 10 at Kirby Misperton where the Supervisor, Kelvin Whitwell, will fabricate two new ones. Meanwhile, the four doors are to be spruced up in white, of course, ready to be hung when we can fit all ten brackets. A door runner is being sourced for the floor. A pair of door locks, donated by farmer Ed Denney who owns a Fish Van body on his moorland property north of Kirkbymoorside, has been de-rusted and fully repainted, ready for the day when they can be bolted to the refurbished doors.


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New home for East Coast Joint Stock TK 377 and Thompson Lounge Buffet 1706

The two recent additions to the LNERCA fleet have arrived at Embsay, headquarters of the Embsay & Bolton Abbey Steam Railway. Both carriages have come from the Llangollen Railway.
ECJS Compartment Third (TK) 377 is one of the oldest surviving Gresley designed carriages with the Gresley ‘trademark’ elliptical roof. It dates from 1907, being built by the Great Northern Railway at Doncaster. Withdrawal came in the early 1960s and its survival is due to it becoming a Departmental vehicle for use with the Easter Region’s Civil Engineering department. Its Departmental number was DE 320444, the carriage spending its entire Departmental life in East Anglia.
It was eventually condemned and was bought privately in 1993 from Norwich were it just escaped being destroyed by a fire in an adjoining Mk.1 coach. After residing at Wabtec’s Doncaster Works (where it, again, was destined from scrapping) ownership passed to LNERCA member Peter Lund who took it to the Llangollen Railway in 2001. It was used as a stores vehicle for many years. In 2021, it was acquired by LNERCA to begin a new chapter at Embsay. A start has been made in clearing all the accumulated items from its interior.
The Thompson Lounge Buffet 1706 is one of the most celebrated preserved carriages, being the sole survivor of only two built in 1947 and entering service in 1948.
Its participation in the British Transport Films, ‘The Elizabethan’ produced by Edgar Anstey, ensured its on-going celebrity status. Its latter years saw it used on secondary services such as on the East Lincolnshire Line and the Parkeston Quay-Manchester Piccadilly ‘Boat’ Train’ service. A short spell in Scotland in the late 1970s was followed by it being transferred to Departmental service and used, amongst other jobs on the Penmanshiel Tunnel diversion in 1979. When finally condemned, it was sent to York for onward movement to Snailwell for scrapping, but a railwayman who fully appreciated its historical significance, ensured it was put out for sale and not scrapped. Sea Containers initially bought it (for spares) but it then passed into the hands of Llangollen Railway director, Peter Lund, who formed the Thompson Heritage Buffet Association. The THBA restored 1706 to its original condition.
In 2021, custodianship was vested in the LNERCA, with the TBHA retaining ownership. Like ECJS 377, it has been moved to Embsay where various minor problems need attending to before it enters service. The LNERCA is keen to see this wonderful survivor visit other heritage railways on request.
Pickering update
There is positive news to report on several carriages in the Pickering environs:
Compartment Third (TK) 23896 at Kirby Misperton workshop is receiving attention to its corridor screens, many of which are original and still in situ, although compartment partitions have been removed. The screens are being removed, repaired, and revarnished. One screen had been enlarged to accommodate a larger corridor door, so this has been replaced by a new one.
A section of rotten cant rail has also been replaced approximately the length of two compartments.

Restaurant Buffet (RB) 641 (in the main NYMR C&W workshop) has had its kitchen door pillar repaired. Meanwhile the NYMR’s C&W staff are having new axle bearings machined – expected imminently. The aim is for 641 to be in service for the LNERCA members’ special on October 2, the first time since the vandal attack in 2017.
In the Atkins shed, Tourist Open Third (TTO) 23956 has reached the stage where the new roof covering is being applied. The first of three 1.2M strips is now in situ and work progresses on the next two.
The bodysides have also been stripped down to bare wood and are currently being sanded prior to revarnishing.
Our hope that is with covered accommodation to keep the weather off, we won’t have to completely strip back to bare wood on carriages in the future.

Also in the Atkins shed, the ceilings are largely complete in the pantry of ECJS 3rd Class Diner, 189. We are currently experimenting with various shades of gold foil to pick out the raised patterns on the Lincrusta borders.
The ECJS monogram transfers have now been delivered following production by Butchers.
Message to donors
Many members and well-wishers kindly make donations to help the LNERCA restore these beautiful carriages. Recently, Paypal has advised of a technical glitch which has prevented donations from being processed. As a result of this debacle, you may have found that any donations you have recently tried to make on Paypal have bounced back. In that case, perhaps you might consider making your donation directly to our Lloyds Bank account, sort code 30-63-64, account number 27410460.


Another chapter begins for the celebrated Thompson Lounge Buffet Car which, in its formative years, plied the East Coast Main Line in both ‘The Flying Scotsman’ and ‘The Elizabethan’ services. It is pictured on arrival at Embsay station yard on the Embsay and Bolton Abbey Steam Railway. Photo: Rodney Towers.

In the Atkins shed, Pickering, fitting the roof covering is now underway on the National Railway Museum’s Tourist Open Third (TTO) 23956. Once the roof itself has been prepared to take the covering – a modern durable material – it is bedded in and covered with a special waterproof sealant paint. Marcus Woodcock (left) and Keith Foster wield the brushes. Photo: Gary Lyne.

New LNERCA headquarters already full

The new headquarters of the LNER Coach Association at Unit 10, Kirby Misperton – now the registered office of the Association – is already full. Following the arrival of NER First Open 2118 on May 3, the two other carriages earmarked for this alternative workshop to that of the Atkins shed in Pickering yard, Gresley Corridor Third 23896 and Thompson Composite Lavatory 88339, were moved in on June 10.
NER 2118 is, of course a long-term project and will receive some conservation attention whilst a plan for its full rebuild is formulated.
Work on the framing of the CL will continue – it was already in hand at the Spennymoor location prior to its move to Pickering. Jim Chittock has already accomplished some extensive renewals, these including the four corner pillars. To get at the remaining framing, the metal cladding on the ‘intact’ side will shortly be removed – a job and half as this entails removing some 1,000 screws once the heads have been uncovered.
Meanwhile, Andrew Daniel has been busy with his administrations on TK 23896. He is fabricating missing partitions and toilet compartments.
Atkins shed, Pickering, progress
Meanwhile in the Atkins shed, Pickering station, the two resident vehicles, Tourist Third Open (TTO) 23956 (which belongs to the National Railway Museum, but under the LNERCA’s custodianship) and East Coast Joint Stock Third Class Dining Car 189 continue to make good progress.
On 23956, the body is being prepared for varnishing, all previous ‘blown’ varnish having been stripped off to bare wood and panelling repairs effected where necessary. The sliding windows are being painted brown on the outside – the internal side remaining chromed, befitting many components in the interior.
The major news to report regarding No. 189 is the fitting of the Lincrusta friezes on the clerestory section (both sides) and the lower ceilings (both sides). This Victorian and Edwardian practice has not been seen on more modern rolling stock for a hundred years and it is great to be recreating this long-gone decorative feature, so prevalent in vehicles of that era.
Neil Cawthorne has been trialling the colour – Almond White – which the Lincrusta will be painted, but the cherry on the cake will be the addition of gold highlights on the raised sections.
More moves afoot
With the news that the work has finished on extending the carriage shed at Embsay (Yorkshire Dales Railway), ECJS Corridor Third 377 and Thompson Lounge Buffet 1706 will soon be moved from the Llangollen Railway to Embsay. With Embsay, Kirkby Stephen, Kirby Misperton and the soon to open NYMR’s carriage stable, the majority of the LNERCA’s fleet will be under cover. In addition, there are still three carriages – Thompson CK 18477, Gresley TTO 24109 and NER 945 – residing in temporary accommodation at Spennymoor.
Please join and help us
With four coaches now being worked on simultaneously in the Pickering area, the Association is in urgent need of more volunteers. New members who share our vision of preserving these fabulous carriages for future generations, and keeping them operational, are welcome.
If you are not a member of the LNERCA, do please consider joining and becoming involved as a volunteer. It’s a great way of spending any spare time you might have, and you will be helping to recreate the wonderful nostalgic style and elegance of these vehicles. If you fancy helping, do contact Marcus Woodcock – (Tel 01262 851268) A quarterly newsletter comes with membership. Please see how to join on our website,
Our match funding initiative, supported by an anonymous donor, is still in being. All donations, 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. Our bank details are: Account name – LNER Coach Association, sort code 30-63-64, Account number – 27410460.


Gresley Tourist Third Open No. 23956 has been receiving many hours of work putting right the ravages of time. The new carriage stable will go a long way in extending the life of our restored carriages. Phil Brunsdon was painting the exterior of one of the sliding windows in LNER Brown (the interior is chromed) on Monday July 19. Photo: Murray Brown.

With the Lincrusta decorative friezes now in place along the ceilings of the saloon of ECJS No. 189, the intricate job of painting them now awaits which includes highlights in gold. Neil Cawthorne, an expert in painting and varnishing finishing, undertakes some sample painting of Lincrusta mouldings in Almond White. Photo: Murray Brown.

Some idea of the splendour of the magnificent 1894-built carriage can be gleaned showing the Lincrusta friezes in place along the lower ceilings (bottom two) and one of the two which run along the clerestory section (top). This Lincrusta is identical in design to that when originally fitted when the carriage was built. Photo: Murray Brown.

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.
Please join and help us
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 (


Under cover – at last. We think this is the first time this unique carriage, NER 2118 dating from 1922, has been under cover for possibly 50 years. Now ensconced in our new Kirby Misperton facility, it is planned to bestow some conservation treatment on it whilst an assessment is made for a longer-term rebuild. (Murray Brown)

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 (
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.

113 years old and still going strong! This is another survivor from the famed East Coast Joint Stock organisation comprising the Great Northern, North Eastern and North British Railways which ran the Anglo-Scottish services. Corridor Third 377 is pictured on the Llangollen Railway. It ended its BR days as Departmental DE 320444. Photograph: Peter Lund.
A surviving LNER designed gem – the unique Thompson Buffet Car (RB) No. 1706. The owning group has placed this carriage in the custodianship of the LNERCA. Both this and TK 377 will be moving to the Embay & Bolton Abbey Steam Railway. Photograph: Perter Lund.

A new exciting era for the LNERCA – an industrial unit on the outskirts of Pickering, pictured here, will house three of the LNERCA’s fleet – NER TO 2118, LNER TK 23896 and LNER CL 88339 – and will expand the restoration activities, supplementing those in the Atkins shed, Pickering.
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.


Two of the clerestory fanlight catches are now in situ on the fanlights, only 42 left to do! The ornate beading that goes round the fanlight is yet to be machined and fitted. (Murray Brown)

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.

It’s here – the 2021 Calendar!
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).
Please click on ‘SHOP’ in the main heading of this website to order your copy. Do please tell your friends as they might like one too.
Many thanks for your continued support.

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