Click on the sections below to learn about all the rolling stock at the YWR.

BR MK1 Full Brake Coach - 92990

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!

Sir Tatton Sykes - 5576

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!

BR 20T Brake Van - B955043

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 - 4240017

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 matthew@yorkshirewoldsrailway.org.uk

BR MK2F - 6027

The second coach to arrive at the YWR was in the form of a British Rail MK2F TSO. 6027 was one of the last batches of Mk2’s to be made (hence the F). TSO denotes the coach is a Tourist Second Open and has four seats across in a 2+2 formation.

It was built by BREL (British Rail Engineering Limited) in 1974 in Derby to diagram 109/AC211 – lot 30860.

It had a varied life and travelled over a lot of the BR network. In its later life it was used by Virgin Rail, and lastly with Abellio Scotrail‘s ‘Fife Circular’ fleet – the livery which it still carries! It was finally towed from Kingmoor (Carlisle) to Burton by class 37716 on June 17th 2021 with several other similar coaches.

The coach was delivered to the YWR on a very wet 4 May 2022.

2024 will see the YWR start the process of removing half of its seats to make way for the relocated shop and ticket office.

Salmon Bogie Bolster - DB996366

The first wagon to arrive at the YWR was Salmon DB996366. The Salmon weighs 26tons and is designed for moving long items of freight up to a weight of 50tons or about 5 complete panels of track.

It was built by G.R. Turner Ltd, Wagon and Engineering Works of Langley Mills Derbyshire, to diagram LOT 2894, and has “plate-back bogies” with a wheelbase of 8 feet, (other variants have a shorter 5 foot 6 inch wheelbase).

The Salmons with the plate-back bogies, like ours, retained their oil axleboxes, which limited the maximum speed to 50 MPH.

The BR wagon code for the Salmon is YMA, which was assigned when the TOPS numbering system was introduced in 1973. YMA is for a departmental bogie goods wagon with a capacity of 51T, and the ‘A’ suffix indicates that it is air braked, with a single pipe system.

They were originally built as unbraked wagons but after a trial of a new design to possibly replace them, in 1983, it was instead decided to convert over 600 Salmons to air braked. This obviously proved to be beneficial because they remained in service into the 21st Century.

The use of the name of a fish for this wagon type extends back to well before railway nationalisation when each different type of goods wagon was given a name with an ‘aquatic theme’, and this was continued by BR post nationalisation.

We are really grateful to the kind person who purchased this wagon for the YWR and joins the other vehicles on its roster. It will prove most useful as we start to extend the line. 

It was delivered to the YWR on Monday 20 May 2024.