The Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway

The title ‘Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway’ was adopted by the Manchester & Leeds Railway in July 1847 following its absorption of a number of other local railways. 


Serving the industrial heart of the North West of England and forming the critical link to the mineral wealth of Yorkshire, the L & Y rapidly grew into a complex and progressive railway system, with considerable shipping interests on the Irish and North Seas. To find out more go to About the Railway.

The Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway Society

The Society is the oldest line society in the UK having been formed in 1950. It became a Registered Charity in 2003.



 To find out much more about us go to About the Society.

L&YR Society Membership

Membership of the Society runs for one full calendar year but whatever time of year you join you will get all the publications for that year. For more information about our publications go to Publications and to join the Society go to Membership.