About the LMSCA

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The LMS Carriage Association (LMSCA) is a UK registered charity, number 1101275, whose primary charitable aims are to preserve and operate a representative collection of historical LMS passenger and non passenger coaching stock for use by and the education of the public. Further to this, visitors are able to view restoration in progress and gain an appreciation of ordinary travel by LMS train. The LMSCA also maintains an active presence in UK heritage railway carriage & wagon restoration community.

In pursuance of these aims, the LMSCA and its members have acquired a number of vehicles, while restoration activities are based at the Rowsley South site on Peak Rail, and more recently at the Wirksworth site on the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway.


History of the LMSCA

The origins of the LMSCA lie in the carriage group of the Peak Railway, restoring British Railways standard Mark 1 and 2 carriages since 1989, and undertaking operational carriage restoration and maintenance responsibilities.

Members of the carriage group acquired a unique collection of heritage LMS railway carriages for eventual restoration and public appreciation. In 1999 of an unincorporated group known as ‘The LMS Carriage Association’ was formed, providing a formal circle for the restoration of our heritage LMS carriages. The LMS Carriage Association became incorporated as a limited liability company in 2002, achieved charitable status in 2003, and gained membership of the Heritage Railway Association in 2005. More recently the LMSCA expanded into restoration activities at the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway.

Projects completed to date include the restoration of 1501 for use as a display, erection of a carriage shed , and the installation of a visitor room and woodworking machinery in the carriage shed at Rowsley.


Achievements

Current and Future Projects

While the immediate aim is to complete our current restoration projects and see them running in service on Peak Rail and the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway, longer term aims are to restore additional carriages in our care, and like other heritage railways provide covered accommodation for the carriages.

Some of the LMS railway carriages in the pipeline for restoration are:

How you can help

  • Donate — Donate online or by cheque ~ Donate LMS carriage objects
  • Join — The right to attend our AGM and vote ~ Droplight ~ Opportunity to volunteer and participate in carriage restoration
  • Volunteer — Participate in carriage restoration at Rowsley or Wirksworth. (membership of PRA or EVRA will be required for insurance purposes) ~ Write for our members newsletter, Droplight ~ Contribute to the website ~ Fundraising and spreading awareness ~ Research at archives ~ Help run the charity


See also

About the LMSCA: Donate to the LMSCA ~ Join the LMSCA ~ Volunteer with the LMSCA

The Droplight ~ LMSCA Projects ~ LMSCA Stocklist ~ LMSCA Videos