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.

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