Restored L&Y coach makes debut

A LANCASHIRE & Yorkshire Railway wooden-bodied carriage is back in traffic following a £45,000 restoration project on the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway, which lasted a decade.

Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway first-class six-wheeler No. 279 at Oxenhope. JOHN WOOD

Volunteers and several specialist companies in the locality were involved in the overhaul of first-class six-wheeler No. 279, which dates from around 1880 when it was built at Newton Heath works.

It was joined on Wednesday, June 21, by three already-restored carriages for a special train making three round trips on the line. Invited as guest of honour was Marjorie Moran, who was born in the carriage after it was grounded near Burnley in 1910 and used as accommodation for mine workers and their families as new shafts were sunk at Hapton Valley Colliery near Burnley.

A spokesman for owner the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Trust said: “Miners from other parts of the country moved to Hapton to obtain work and they required places to live.

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