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Woman takes ride in ex-train home

Enid Lister
Enid Lister's family moved into the carriage when she was 10 years-old

A 71-year-old woman who grew up in a disused railway carriage in Lancashire has taken a ride in her former home following its restoration.

The train was built for the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway in 1882 but was later taken out of service and became home to Enid Lister in Hapton.

The carriage was one of hundreds used as cheap housing after World War II.

Mrs Lister's home, which cost £17,000 to restore, is back in use on the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway.

"I moved in when I was 10 years-old and it was a great adventure, " said Mrs Lister, of Leyland.

The wheels were removed and the structure used as a bungalow.

"It has brought tears to my eyes, it has brought back all my childhood," she said.

After Mrs Lister's family moved out the carriage, near Burnley, it was used as a shed until Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Trust opted to restore it to its former glory.

The project to restore the carriage and the rest of the train has taken 14 years, replacing the bathroom and bedroom with luggage racks and seating.



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