The Locomotive Conservation and Learning Trust was formed in 2009 to ensure a sustainable future for precious railway artefacts, while at the same time facilitating learning about their history and supporting traditional skills.


The first artefacts placed into LCLT’s care, by Beamish, The North of England Open Air Museum, are former North Eastern Railway ‘J21’ 0-6-0 locomotive No. 65033 and NER bogie tools van No. 5523. Much later on, in 2019, the Trust also acquired NER coach No. 2051, which once restored will be a suitable vehicle to operate behind the 'J21'. Once in steam, the locomotive will haul both No. 5523 and No. 2051, in addition to other such vehicles based at our host Railway, Kirkby Stephen East in Cumbria, home of out project partners the Stainmore Railway Company.


The Locomotive Conservation and Learning Trust is currently undertaking the high-profile project to restore  both of these these exhibits to full working order; the locomotive is being overhauled at Locomotive Maintenance Services Ltd, while our hosts and friends at Kirkby Stephen East are hard at work restoring the stores van. While both vehicles have a perfect home here, right in the heart of their former operating territory, the Trust aims to make the locomotive available to visit other heritage lines around the country so that a much wider audience can enjoy it.

The Trust is now actively fundraising to provide match-funding towards the restoration projects that a generous National Lottery Heritage Fund grant is making a reality, with the locomotive scheduled to return to steam in 2022.


If you'd like more information about the LCLT you can email info@lclt.org.uk, call 07792 556919 or write to us at The Locomotive Conservation and Learning Trust, 11 High Moors, Halton, Buckinghamshire HP22 5NY.


The photograph to the right shows No. 65033 in the midst of a cosmetic repaint in 2011 ready for its first appearance at Kirkby Stephen East for the 'Stainmore 150' event



The second photograph below shows the same locomotive following arrival at the LMS works, prior to a complete strip down for the most thorough restoration that can be provided. We still have a great deal of work to do, and we need your help to do it!







How to help

The Locomotive Conservation and Learning Trust

"Restoring our Past, Enriching our Future"


Telephone:  07831 120564

Email:  info@lclt.org.uk

Address:  95a Hambalt Road, London SW4 9EQ

© 2016 Locomotive Conservation & Learning Trust

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