Click on the sections below to learn about all the rolling stock at the YWR.
The first piece of rolling stock to arrive at the YWR was a British Rail MK1 BG Full Brake coach. It is ideal for us as it never actually had any seats in meaning we could adapt it to form the visitor centre we all enjoy today.
Coach number 81305, later numbered 92990 was built by Pressed Steel of Glasgow in 1957.
The guard would sit in the middle section and help to load and unload the luggage it carried at stations across the country.
It weighs 32 tons, is 60.5ft long and there are approximately 138 left in preservation.
The YWR purchased the coach in August 2012, and finally took delivery on 16 January 2013. It was such a cold day, the temperature only got up to -5!
All the lighting and a/v equipment within the coach is powered by our own 24v solar system. In fact, subject to the weather, on a typical operating day all the electricity on the YWR is provided by our solar system!
Formerly known as Eddie, 5576 is a diesel-hydraulic 0-4-0 shunter built by GEC Traction owned English Electric to a Stephenson shunter design for Shotton Steelworks in 1979.
The YWR renamed the locomotive in May 2015 in recognition of the generous
support to the restoration project of the Baronet of the Sledmere Estate.
5576 is powered by a Gardner 6LXB engine that gives a starting tractive effort of 7311kg so for its size is very powerful. The locomotive weighs 24tons and has a maximum speed of 16mph.
Including the steelworks, Eddie had a varied working career including Tarmac in Rugby, FRS Kilnhurst in South Yorkshire, and further steelworks in Glasgow. We believe Eddie also spent some time working on the Channel Tunnel before finally being sold to Trackworks in Doncaster was based the him at Lindholme Prison.
We purchased the locomotive in April 2013 after a chance meeting at a local show in 2012 when someone asked if would like a locomotive!
As the locomotive was stored at Lindholme Prison, it took many hours of discussion to break Eddie out. In fact, it almost didn’t happen at all as prison exercises where scheduled last minute meaning the truck that was scheduled to visit couldn’t get access!
After much further negotiation, Eddie was finally delivered on 24 April 2013 and a full restoration has been ongoing ever since.
Only 3 of this type of locomotive where built for the steelworks. One is still in use on the Docklands Light Railway in London, one has since been scrapped, and the final one is now put to use most weekend at the YWR!
Brake vans were compulsory on all goods trains up until 1968 and were normally marshalled at the rear of the train so both portions of the train could be brought to a standstill if a coupling broke.
The YWR was looking for a brake van for quite some time and had many options. However, none of them seemed quite right either due to condition or cost until 955043 appeared on the radar!
We finally secured the brake van on 15 May 2017 and plans where then made to transport it to site for a full restoration to start.
Our van was built by British Rail in 1961 at Ashford Wagon Works in Kent to the diagram 507 design. Of the 5248 built, as of 1999 only some 144 remain in preservation. As the name would suggest it weighs 20tons.
We finally took delivery on 01 August 2018 – Yorkshire Day!
Excellent restoration work by YWR volunteers continues on the brake van, and we hope to bring it into service offering brake van rides in 2022.
Patricia is a 424 series 0-6-0 shunter that is powered by a 6 cylinder 12 litre Rolls Royce supercharged engine and is the 2nd locomotive to arrive at the YWR.
It was built by John Fowler in 1966 and spent most of working life at the Blue Circle Cement works in Dunstable until 1988 – then moving to west Hull in 1989.
2.5 years of work was required in securing Patricia which finally arrived at the YWR on the 24 June 2021.
We are still trying to get as much historical information and photographs on Patricia as possible. If you know any information, stories or photographs you would be willing to share, please get in touch by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org