The Society

The first Line Society - 1950 and all that!
In early 1950 members of the Bradford Railway Circle got together and started a correspondence group discussing the Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway.

They placed an advertisement in the March 1950 issue of the Model Railway Constructor inviting like minded individuals to join. By 1956 a regular Newsletter was in production and its first editor, Tom Wray, was at the helm.

Since that date membership has grown steadily and we now have over 800 members in the UK and overseas.

What we offer today
The Society aims to bring together all those with an interest in the ‘Lanky’ whether it be in historical research or railway modelling.

We have a range of regular publications which we believe are the best of any line society. Go to the Publications page to find out more.

We also have some superb books, details of which you can find on the Books page of our On-Line Shop.

We have a large collections of photographs and drawings many of which have been digitised and made available for research purposes. Go to the Knowledge pages to see what's available.

Our place in the modern railway
As well as producing great publications the Society is recognised as a serious stakeholder in the modern railway. It is a member of Northern Rail's stakeholders panel and is regularly consulted on issues of conservation and preservation.


More about the Society

Our Purpose
The Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway Society is devoted to the dissemination of information about the Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway throughout its 75 years of existence and beyond.

The Society has established an ongoing permanent record of its findings through its publications, which are widely available from the website, exhibition stands and specialist booksellers.

It works closely with the National Railway Museum, Manchester Archives and other relevant bodies to ensure that original artifacts, records and other materials are professionally preserved and made available to all.

Charitable Status
The Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway Society became Registered Charity
No. 1098492 in 2003.