Museum of Rail Travel
The Museum of Rail Travel at Ingrow, England is operated by the Vintage Carriages Trust (VCT), a charity based just north of Ingrow (West) railway station on the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway in West Yorkshire. Founded in 1965, it became a registered charity in 1981 and opened in 1990.
The Trust has provided railway carriages for over 70 films and television programmes.
Two of the steam locomotives owned by VCT - "Sir Berkeley" and "Bellerophon" have visited railways in the Netherlands. "Bellerophon" has also visited Belgium. "Sir Berkeley" is on loan to the Middleton Railway, Leeds.
The VCT Collection
The Vintage Carriages Trust owns the following carriages:
- Manchester Sheffield & Lincolnshire Railway four-wheeled tri-composite no. 176, built 1876
- Midland Railway composite no. 357, built 1886
- Great Northern Railway brake third no. 589, built 1888
- Great Northern Railway brake composite no. 2856, built 1898
- Metropolitan Railway brake third no. 427, built 1910
- Metropolitan Railway third no. 465, built 1919
- Metropolitan Railway first no. 509, built 1923
- Southern Railway brake third no. 3554, built 1924
- British Railways Bulleid design third no. 1469, built 1950
Until early 2008, the museum was also home to a 1948 Scammell "mechanical horse", on loan from Tate & Lyle. This lorry attracted media attention in July 2002 when the museum received a speeding ticket, from Greater Manchester Police, claiming that the three-wheel vehicle had been caught speeding at 44 miles per hour in a 30 mph zone – when in fact it has a maximum speed of only 18 mph. (It was a case of mistaken identity: a Belgian car with the same numberplate has been caught on camera in Bolton). Museum bosses were pleased to be able to show CCTV footage in its defence – at the time of the incident it was in pieces in the Museum's workshops.
The Vintage Carriages Trust website is also the gateway to the Railway Heritage Register databases: over 7,500 wagons, over 5,600 carriages, over 300 trams, over 60 horse-drawn vehicles, over 40 turntables.
- "Speeding fine for 18mph museum piece". Manchester Evening News. 26 July 2002. Retrieved 2008-02-25.
- "Speeding ticket for museum piece". Telegraph & Argus (Bradford). 2002-07-26. Retrieved 2008-02-25.
- "Scammell Mechanical Horse". VCT website. Archived from the original on 13 March 2008. Retrieved 25 February 2008.
- Vintage Carriages Trust website
- Filming credits
- Carriage and wagon databases
- Scammell "Mechanical Horse" at Ingrow, including photo
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