Llangollen Railcars - Preserving Yesterday For Tomorrow

The railways were revolutionised by the introduction of the railcar, or diesel multiple unit, in the 1950s. Costs were slashed, passengers won back and many lines which would have closed were saved. Our mission is to preserve and operate some of these trains for the benefit and enjoyment of future generations.

Class 109

The pride of the Llangollen fleet is this 1957-built Wickham two-car set which is the only one left in the world. It was restored from scrap condition by us and is seen here near Garth-Y-dwr. Photo by Duncan Langtree

We have a fleet of seven two-car diesel railcars which see public passenger service on over 100 days per year at the Llangollen and other Railways. We are all volunteers and membership is open to anyone with an interest in this particular aspect of our railways.

Our mission is to restore vintage railcar sets and to operate them in the way originally intended so that the public can see and understand what a large contibution these trains have made to the British Railway system. We have been supported in this work by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Class 105

Out of the limelight now for a few years has been Cravens Driving Trailer 56456 which served the Llangollen Railway between 1984 and 2010 before being withdrawn for a full structural overhaul. It is seen at Goods Junction on May 16 2009. Photo By Brian Battersby

Our operation is not solely directed at the railway enthusiast. Many ordinary members of the public appreciate these trains with their unique views of the line ahead and the surrounding scenery.

We are mainly based at the Llangollen Railway, just South of Chester, where we currently have four of our Railcar sets in regular service. A fifth is in service at the Midland Railway Butterley, although it has recently been seen at Llangollen following a successful two-year loan to the Weardale Railway where it assisted with an experimental community service. Two further sets are under long-term restoration, one at Llangollen and another at the Midland Railway, Butterley.

Llangollen Railcars Ltd is a company limited by guarantee with charitable status. Membership and participation in our activities is open to all.

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