Tuesday, 1 September 2020

Before the Big 4 (5) : Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway

The Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway was formed in 1846 from the amalgamation of a number of railway companies, principally the Manchester and Leeds Railway. From it's base in Manchester the railway operated to the West (including Liverpool and Blackpool), East Lancashire (including Oldham and Rochdale) and to the East as far as Leeds and Doncaster.

The company's headquarters was Manchester Victoria, it became one of the largest railway stations in the country. The company entered a partnership with the LNWR on some routes and in the early 1920s they agreed terms to merge. In 1922 the two companies merged (the company keeping the LNWR name) but a year later they were amalgamated into the LMS.

The company was notable in being the first to electrify a mainline route with services between Liverpool and Southport beginning in 1904, and later extending to Ormskirk.
Class 27 52322 at Duffield

Class 5 Numbr 1008 at NRM York in L&YR livery

Narrow gauge shunter Wren which was used at Horwich Works

Manchester Victoria today, a much changed station