A rail enthusiast from Harrogate has discovered a link between one of his train carriages and the ill-fated White Star liner Titanic.
The carriage, London North Western Railway directors’ saloon, was built in 1913 and numbered among the regular passengers was J Bruce Ismay, chairman of White Star Lines, survivor of the Titanic sinking and director of the London and North Western Railway.
Stephen Middleton, a carriage restorer and chairman of the NER 1903 Electric Autocar Trust, made the discovery at the National Railway Museum’s Railfest in early June.
The carriage is still in transit but Mr Middleton hopes that it may be back in time for the Stately Trains’ four ‘Strawberry Special’ services on the Embsay and Bolton Abbey Steam Railway. On these services, passengers can make use of unique historic railway carriages, including an officer’s saloon and a carriage believed to have been used by Princess Alice.
This award winning venture now has 10 coaches including three directors’ saloons, Queen Victoria’s carriage and Prince Albert Edward’s coach. (Prince Albert Edward became King Edward VII).
Profits go to restore the only surviving locomotive from the Bradford Corporation’s Nidd Valley Railway that ran services from Pateley Bridge to Lofthouse and on to the dam construction at Scar House in the 1920s and 30s.
Strawberry Specials run Saturday evenings July 7, 14, 21 and 28 and a return journey including strawberries and wine is £15 (child - £10). Booking is essential and can be made through Stephen Middleton on 01423 561965 or firstname.lastname@example.org.