West Riding Limited

The West Riding Limited is a named passenger train operating in the United Kingdom.[1]

West Riding Limited
LNER Class A4 Dominion of New Zealand which hauled the inaugural train in 1937
Service typePassenger train
First service27 September 1937
Current operator(s)London North Eastern Railway
Former operator(s)LNER
StartLondon King's Cross
Service frequencyDaily (weekdays only - does run Saturday but not named)
Line(s) usedEast Coast Main Line


The West Riding Limited was introduced by the London and North Eastern Railway in 1937 to operated between London King’s Cross and Leeds and Bradford. The company built a new set of carriages, identical to the Coronation sets of 1935 which comprised four twin articulated coaches with two kitchen cars in each train set. There were seats for 48 first class and 168 third class passengers. It travelled from King’s Cross to Bradford at an average speed of 63.3 miles per hour (101.9 km/h).[2] The service started on 27 September 1937 when the first train was hauled by LNER Class A4 Dominion of New Zealand which had only entered service three months earlier.[3]

The train was stored for the duration of the Second World War and service resumed in 1949.

The name has been retained by London North Eastern Railway and in 2017 is operated as the 06.30am departure from Bradford Forster Square, arriving at London King’s Cross at 08.59am.


  1. Tuffrey, Peter (11 November 2014). "Why can't rail travel still be like this". Yorkshire Post. Retrieved 19 September 2017.
  2. "Streamlined Trains of the LNER". Yorkshire Evening Post. England. 18 November 1937. Retrieved 19 September 2017 via British Newspaper Archive.
  3. "Maiden Journey of West Riding Limited". Yorkshire Evening Post. England. 27 September 1937. Retrieved 19 September 2017 via British Newspaper Archive.
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