The first gala of the year was entitled “Winter Steam Spectacular” and although starting off on Friday in rain and cloudy conditions by the end on Sunday, the superb weather effectively renamed the gala “Spring Steam Spectacular”.
After months of preparation the arrival of LNER K4 2-6-0 61994 ‘The Great Marquess’ on Thursday 6th March heralded the start of 3 days of glorious steam action in the Worth Valley. The locomotive line-up of visiting 61994 plus the home fleet of USA S160 2-8-0 5820 (95829), BR WD 2-8-0 90733, MR 4F 0-6-0 43924, LNWR ‘Coal Tank’ 0-6-2T 1054 and not forgetting Hudswell Clarke 0-6-0 ‘Nunlow’ performed flawlessly on a mixture of passenger and freight workings, double headers with some trains banked on the climb out of Keighley up into the Pennine foothills.
The organisation of the 3 days has drawn universal praise from the general public and enthusiast fraternity for the standard of this first event of the year. For the first time the Railway ran early morning and evening mini-photo charters which proved very popular and drew particularly high praise from the critical band of enthusiast cameramen and women.
It was our intention to illustrate a selection of the best photographs taken over the 3 days, but such is the high quality of the images published on the web that we have abandoned that in favour of selecting one photograph from each photographer with a link to that photographer’s own portfolio. We hope you enjoy viewing their efforts as much as we have sorting through them all. (Copyright © is that of the photographer and not the Keighley and Worth valley Railway.)