The Hull & Barnsley Railway Stock Fund's coach number 1 took to the sky in March 2017 as it was lifted into a new site at Elsecar Heritage Railway to continue its restoration. The coach was at the back of the Elsecar yard and most visitors did not realise its importance. Now the coach has a more prominant new home adjacent to the Elsecar platform, a much better location both for the Hull & Barnsley Team working on the coach and for visitors to view their work.
Coach 1, constructed by Ashbury Railway Carriage & Iron Co of Manchester, was a 3rd Class/Brake carriage dating from 1885 when the Hull & Barnsley Railway commenced passenger services. In 1919 the coach moved to the Neath & Brecon Railway which later became part of The Great Western Railway. In 1925 the coach was retired and the body was sold off for use as a shed in Narth, Monmouthshire (a little like Uncle Mort in Didn't Know You Cared!).
In 1986 the National Muesum of Wales aquired the coach body who added it to their tranpsort collection, but in storage, eventually deciding that it was surplus to their collection requirements. The coach moved to the Hull & Barnsley Railway Stock Fund and its home at Elsecar Heritage Railway in 2013. Significant work has since been done to bring the coach body back to life, so if you get a chance to peek inside when the Hull & Barnsley Team are at work - do take the opportunity. You can learn more about the work of the Hull & Barnsley Railway Stock Fund on their website, here: http://www.hullandbarnsleyrailway.org.uk