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Centenary of the Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway Merger 2022

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100 years since the merger of the L&Y and LNWR.

The Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway (L&YR) was a major British railway company before the introduction of the '1923 Groupings'. The company was incorporated in 1847 from an amalgamation of several existing railways; it was the third-largest railway system based in northern England.

On 1st January 1922, the Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway company merged with the London & North Western Railway (LNWR), one year before the ‘grouping’ to form four large companies.

2022, one hundred years on, heritage railways across both Lancashire and Yorkshire have celebrated the centenary of the two companies merging. Several locomotives that originated from the Lancashire & Yorkshire Company are still operating, which have appeared at events throughout the year. This DVD features footage from events at the East Lancashire Railway, Embsay & Bolton Abbey Railway and Keighley & Worth Valley Railway.

Events included are:

1st January 2022 - 'The Centenary Day'
To mark the 100th anniversary, L&YR locomotives No.51456 and No.52322 double headed the mid-day passenger service at the East Lancashire Railway.

Spring Steam Gala Events
Spring Steam Gala events at both the East Lancashire Railway and Keighley & Worth Valley Railway featured L&YR locomotives. Running at the end of February 2022, the East Lancashire Railway featured both L&YR Class 23 No.51456 and L&YR Class 27 No.52322. Running for the first time having been repainted into its BR Black livery, L&YR Class 25 No.52044 is seen hauling services, including double heading with other resident steam locomotives at the Worth Valley gala in March 2022.

Summer 2022 - Vintage Trains at the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway
Vintage train services returned to the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway during summer weekends. This year, L&YR Class 25 No.52044 was the first L&Y locomotive to haul all four operational L&Y coaches. Video footage is included from several running dates throughout the summer months.

L&YR Class 27 No.52322 at the Embsay & Bolton Abbey Railway
Visiting the Embsay & Bolton Abbey Railway for the summer season was L&YR Class 27 No.52322. The locomotive is seen hauling vintage carriages from the 'Stately Train Collection' and participating in a 30742 / Steaming Around Yorkshire photo charter, hauling an engineer's freight train and three Mark 1 coaches.

'The Centenary Gala' - East Lancashire Railway
The Autumn Steam Gala at the East Lancashire Railway celebrated the centenary of the two companies merging, hosting the biggest collection of L&YR and LNWR locomotives in preservation. Footage is included from across the three day event, including an early morning 3P20 charter, featuring L&YR Class 21 'Pug' No.51241 and the final passenger service hauled by all four operational L&YR locomotives.

Locomotives featured on this DVD include:
L&YR Class 21 No.51241
L&YR Class 23 No.51456
L&YR Class 25 No.52044
L&YR Class 27 No.52322
LNWR 'Coal Tank' No.1054

This DVD features no commentary, allowing you to fully appreciate the sound of the steam locomotive working hard. Short titles are included throughout informing you of the railway, locomotive and location. This DVD contains some footage filmed using a drone.

Produced by - Steaming Around Yorkshire
Running time - 64 minutes approx (1 disc)
Format - 16:9 Widescreen UK PAL
DVD and Blu-ray
Released - November 2022

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