Events and other news

7 October 2014 - VCT to extend Museum of Rail Travel

The Vintage Carriages Trust has begun work to extend the award-winning Museum of Rail Travel rearwards, in the Keighley direction.

This will once again allow the entire VCT collection of carriages to be housed entirely indoors on the same site and also give more engineering space for workshop activities. Work has already started on site clearance and it is hoped that the foundations and floor of the new extension, details of which can be found here, will be completed by Spring 2015.

An appeal has been opened  for funding towards the cost of the new extension and donations towards this aim will be gratefully accepted.

7 September 2014 - Newsletter added for September 2013.

22 August 2014 - Added link to Testament of Youth - Official Trailer on Film and Television Credits page.

17 August 2014 - BELLEROPHON at Shildon on 20th and 21st September

Our historic locomotive, BELLEROPHON will be making a return visit to Shildon on 20th and 21st September.

Locomotion at Shildon are having a special gala which invites previously visited locos back to the site.  BELLEROPHON is one of the invitees and having had substantial attention recently, the old engine should be in fine fettle, giving rides on the demonstration line. The repairs carried out last year have proved very satisfactory and the engine has settled down to work very well at Foxfield and elsewhere.

SIR BERKELEY continues to work well at Middleton and is, as always, kept immaculate.  The engine comes out of ticket in 2016, so we are planning to get both SIR B and BELLEROPHON together at Foxfield’s July 2015 Gala – watch this space!

11 August 2014 - BELLEROPHON at Foxfield

On Thursday 7th August our historic locomotive “BELLEROPHON” hauled the two North Staffordshire Railway coaches 61 and 127 at the Foxfield Railway, on their official first run. The event was well organised and involved BELLROPHON hauling the two coaches into Blyth Bridge and thence to Dilhorne Park.

The inaugural train was flagged off by Sir William Cash, Tory MP for North Staffordshire.  In his speech he mentioned that his family were accountants to the NSR and also to George Hudson and amused the audience by pointing out that Hudson’s financial peccadillos were somewhat worse than anything done by members of parliament recently!!

The two coaches looked superb and rode extremely well on their journey to and from Dilhorne park.  It was announced during the event a at least two more NSR coaches, including a much-needed brake, had been found at Rudyard Lake and were being salvaged for rebuilding in due course, to make a complete NSR period train.  This is great news and I am sure our members wish the Knotty Trust all the best with this project.

26 July 2014 - BELLEROPHON at the Welland Valley Traction Engine Rally 24th to 27th July

Our historic 0-6-0WT BELLEROPHON is working at The Welland Valley Traction Engine Rally, near Upton on Severn this weekend, hauling a GWR brake van, as illustrated. VCT hope many people will take the opportunity to ride behind the engine. See article below for details.

14 July 2014 - Railbus 79962 now in the VCT workshop

Following asbestos removal, Railbus 79962 has now arrived at Ingrow, and is currently in the workshop, for assessment.

7 July 2014 - BELLEROPHON goes to a Traction Engine Rally 24th to 27th July

Our historic 0-6-0WT “BELLEROPHON” is to visit the 2014 Steam Rally at Welland, in Worcestershire, on 24th to 27th July inclusive. The loco will be operating with a brake van on the site’s small standard-gauge railway throughout each day.

This rally is the 50th one on this site and is thus a special occasion and VCT is delighted to be able to support the Ross & Wye Steam Engine Society on this great occasion.

The rally field is at Woodside Farm near Malvern and car parking is available.

Full details are available at their website  and we look forward to seeing members and friends on site!

25 March 2014 - VCT carriages out in the sun on 24 March

10 March 2014 - Restoration page updated

2 February 2014 - Bellerophon to star at Warley in November 2014

Vintage Carriages Trust is pleased to announce that our historic 0-6-0WT “BELLEROPHON” is to be an exhibit at the 2014 Warley Model Railway Show at the NEC on 22nd and 23rd November.

The locomotive will be exhibited along with the Foxfield Railway’s “Knotty” coaches Nos 127 & 61 to form an effective “early railway passenger train” for visitors to enjoy.

VCT Chairman, Trevor England, said “We are very pleased to see “BELLEROPHON” on display at Warley.  This introduces the work of the Trust to a new audience and continues our work to bring our collection to the attention of as many people as possible.”

Further information from Ian Smith, VCT Committee Member, 0113 2760349 / 07976 569178


1 February 2014 - VCT acquires railbus 79962

The Vintage Carriages Trust has concluded negotiations with the Keighley &Worth Valley Railway to purchase one of the line’s two Waggon und Maschinenbau railbuses, No. 79962. The German-built railbus, which has been out of action for over 25 years, is to be restored to its original appearance as far as possible and will also be fully operational.   Following restoration, it is expected to see occasional use at events on the KWVR and will also be available for hire to other railways.

As the vehicle requires dismantling for body repairs, the opportunity is being taken to remove residual asbestos, following which attention will be given to the wheelsets before it is transferred to the VCT workshops for full restoration, which should take approximately 3 to 4 years.

Unlike sister vehicle No. 79964, which received a replacement AEC engine in the 1960s and remains in regular use on the KWVR, No. 79962 is fitted with an original Buessing engine, which proved to be problematic when in BR service.  This engine has already been fully overhauled for further use. 

VCT Chairman Trevor England said “We are delighted to have been able to conclude negotiations to acquire 79962 and overhaul it to original condition.  It will provide an interesting comparison with 79964, which has had a number of modifications in both BR and KWVR service and we look forward to the day when both vehicles will be able to operate together.”


25 November 2013 - BELLEROPHON successfully repaired by South Devon Engineering

VCT is delighted to announce that our historic 0-6-0WT, BELLEROPHON has been successfully repaired by South Devon Engineering at Buckfastleigh.

The defective Middle Axle has been replaced and a number of other tasks undertaken, including the repair & replacement of the springs, plus work to the axleboxes. The Loco was successfully tested at Buckfastleigh on 21st November and then moved by road back to Foxfield Railway, where it was successfully steam tested on Sunday 24th November. The locomotive is now fully operational and available for use at Foxfield and also hire to other organisations during 2014.

VCT is very grateful to the South Devon Railway for their care and attention to the overhaul of this historic locomotive and are very impressed with the professionalism shown by their staff.

5 November 2013 - Sales page updated


Haydock Foundry 0-6-0WT “BELLEROPHON” has been transferred to the South Devon Railway’s workshops at Buckfastleigh for replacement of all 3 axles.
A routine inspection in 2012 revealed that the wheels were moving on the axles and a subsequent examination showed that the best form of repair would be to replace the old, worn axles with new. The South Devon Railway has successfully tendered for this work to be carried out and thus BELLEROPHON has now been taken into their workshops for preliminary work to begin.
The work is likely to take until early 2014, due to the long lead time for the ordering of the new axles. On completion of the work, BELLEROPHON will hopelly be “run in” at Buckfastleigh before returning home to the Foxfield Railway.

More photos 22 October - the new ashpan (two views) and a new axle after fitting to its wheels.

13 October 2013 - Photos from Sir Berkeley at Embsay 5th & 6th October.

SIR BERKELEY was at the Embsay Steam Railway for their Gala on Saturday 5th & Sunday 6th October.  The J94 failed at Bolton Abbey so SIR B had to haul it and the Vintage Train back to Embsay and did so in some style!!  Non-stop all the way and lots of noise from the chimney.

19 July 2013 - Sir Berkeley at Middleton.

VCT’s Manning-Wardle 0-6-0ST “SIR BERKELEY” continues in service at the Middleton Railway in Leeds. See their website for details.

14 April 2013 - Updates to Education Pages

22 February 2013 - Metropolitan Railway Nine Compartment Third No. 465 at Quainton

On 17th February the 9 compartment Met was used for the first time at Quainton. The first two photos show it looking superb with Met No 1. The third photo shows Quainton's President, Andrew Bratton, VCT Chairman, Trevor England and Tony Lister in front of Met No1 after they presented Trevor with a limited edition painting of Met 1 and the Mets at Quainton Road in the 1930's. This was quite unexpected and we were honoured to receive the painting for the VCT Collection. See the the Buckinghamshire Railway Centre website for details of when 465 will be running.

3 February 2013 - Metropolitan Railway Nine Compartment Third No. 465  

The Third Class Met has made a cameo appearance in BBC TV's This Week.

1 February 2013 - Metropolitan Railway Nine Compartment Third No. 465  

The Third Class Met has now gone on extended loan to the Buckinghamshire Railway Centre at Quainton, where it will be hauled by Metropolitan No.1 on Sunday 17 February.

1 January 2013 - Sir Berkeley

Seen at Middleton on 1 January 2013. Photo Ian Smith

23 July 2011 - Photos from Chairman's Day

At 12.30 p.m. the special train departed from Ingrow West station, formed of the Bulleid and Chatham carriages. One round trip was run for members and invited guests. After this, the train was used in normal KWVR service for the rest of the afternoon.



Bulleid Carriage S1469

The "Bulleid" has finally moved out of the workshop and back into the museum on 22 June 2011. It is hoped that it will be available to be used on VCT Chairman's day 23 July 2011.

An extra attraction at weekends - two museums at Ingrow

At weekends  Ingrow Loco, owned by the Bahamas Locomotive Society is also open.   Keighley & Worth Valley Railway Green Rover tickets include admission to both the Museum of Rail Travel and Ingrow Loco.


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