In 2015 we visited Pickering Castle in Yorkshire, which I posted about in 2015, while we were there, we had a look at the train station. We had been to the station once before, to catch a steam train, this time we just went to have a look around. So glad we did, as we had a tour of an 1894 dining car that was being renovated, most probably all finished by now. I am having a massive sort out of photos, and just thought it was shame not to show our visit, as it’s not something you see everyday.
We were just having a look around, when we were asked if we would be interested in seeing inside the above carriage, yes please, was husband’s reply. The carriage turned out to be a dining car built in 1894 and luckily they had some information and photos which I could use.
The History of ECJS 189
ECJS (East Coast Joint Stock} 189 isa dining car built in 1894. It was originally built as a 42 seat third diner, laid out in three saloons and would have had side gangways. In 1909 it was modified to have small pantry at one end, to replace 9 eats in the smallest saloon. It was withdrawn in 1927 and the body was sold to a farmer in East Yorkshire, who used it to house pigs ! Luckily it was salvaged from the farm in the 1970’s and was partially restored. Subsequently it was acquired by Steven Middleton, and externally restored, with much work carried out on the interior as well. In 2005 it was sent to the Doncaster Works open weekend, and remained there for further works. Whilst there, it was sold to Doncaster College, who plans for it subsequently changed, whereupon it was offered to LNERCA. Which is an association that restores ex -LNER coaches ( LNER – London and North Eastern Railway)
The following photos show the work that was carried out in 2015. There are also a few photos of the station and in one shot you can see the castle in the background.