20th November 2018

There was a mixture of emotions at Levisham today as, after a stay here of 45 years, NER coach No. 1111 left the Station for pastures new.

During this time it has been cared for by the Station Group, whilst being used as a store and workshop. Over the years, doors have been rehung (and sometimes changed), roof coverings replaced, panelling renewed, and numerous coats of paint applied.

Retrieving 1111 from its long-term residence was no easy matter, as all the vehicles in front of it had to be carefully shunted clear and then put back. As part of this exercise a careful plan was laid to re-sort the order of the vans, and even get two of them turned at Pickering using the turntable there.

All went well today and the opportunity was taken to photo 1111 next to the Levisham Running In boards and its sister NER coach No. 945.

1111 is now safely stored at Newbridge whilst it waits for a lorry to take it to its new home, and restoration, at Kirkby Stephen.

Thanks must be expressed to Kieran, Sam, and Dave, who came up from Pickering with the diesel to do the shunting and take the vehicles to and from Pickering.

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