The 1903 North Eastern Railway Electric Autocar

The 1903 Electric Autocar Trust is finalising the restoration of a unique wooden-bodied Edwardian autocar and autocoach at Embsay.  The autocar is one of the most important items of historic rolling stock in the country.  It was the first railway vehicle to carry its own internal combustion engine and generator to drive the transmission – it truly is the grandfather of all modern trains – when it was built in 1903 it was well ahead of its time!  It’s restoration from a forgotten holiday home hidden in some bushes to the beautifully restored condition it is in today (with the help of the Heritage Lottery Fund) is one of the most remarkable preservation stories to be told – and you can now hear the story directly from the man who rescued it from a North Yorkshire farmer’s field – Stephen Middleton.

Autocar restoration wins the prestigious Manisty Award

December 2018: The Heritage Railway Association’s most prestigious award. Awarded by the Board of the HRA on an occasional basis for an exceptional and outstanding contribution to railway preservation.

Tickets for the 1903 Electric Autocar

Tickets are now available to travel in the 1903 North Eastern Railway Electric Autocar.  You can buy tickets on the day of travel, but we always advise purchasing them in advance through our ticketing website by choosing ‘Day Train Tickets’ from the menu.  Please check the calendar for the dates on which the autocar is running.


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