LYR No. 279 Four compartment First
LYR 279 4 compartment First (body only) built probably in 1880. Underframe removed and body relocated to Valley Gardens, Hapton near Burnley around 1910. Donated by the family of the late Bob Christie in 1996, restoration is now well advanced using the underframe from an ex-LMS BGZ carriage, which has required reduction in length by 6 inches to match the body – 279 was a very early example built by the L&Y and is shorter than most of their 6-wheelers.
Since 1996 the body and chassis were conserved, but in July 2010, 279 took part in filming for the BBC TV drama ‘South Riding’, a new three-part adaptation of the novel by Winifred Holtby, first shown in 2011 on BBC One. See the BBC website for a feature on South Riding which briefly features 279 - click here.
Following completion of the Club Carriage in 2012, the restoration of 279 has progressed quicker than expected to an advanced stage. Although in generally good condition, the body needed some major work such as reinstatement of removed partitions and the jacking up on the roof to fit them, other work included repair and reconstruction of framing, exterior panels and doors, fitting of interior panels. Lessons learned on previous projects has speeded progress, also many of the items required have been acquired, mainly by adding to orders placed for equivalents on 1474, 1507 and 47.
Restoration is well advanced both internally and externally with painting in progress and the professional upholstery of the 24 seats is almost complete, the offer of sponsorship for the seats was very popular and each of the seats has now been sponsored, thanks for all the interest expressed in this.
The Trust has recently received a substantial bequest towards the restoration of 279. if you wish to donate specifically to 279's restoration or its future upkeep click here and state that your donation is for 279.
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