2 more for Winter Steam Gala

Following our announcement of visiting locomotives for the Winter Steam Gala, LMS ‘Crab’ 2-6-0 13065  and LNER Class B1 4-6-0 61264, we are pleased to report that we will be welcoming a further two or, more accurately, one plus a returnee home.

Our very own LMS ‘Black 5’ 4-6-0 45212 returned to action at our Autumn Steam Spectacular in October after overhaul to mainline condition at Ian Riley Engineering at Bury and will be returning to the KWVR metals in time to take part in the Gala after undertaking its mainline testing run.


Joining 45212 will be one of Ian Riley’s own Black 5s, no’s 45407 which will run onto KWVR metals after a mainline excursion to Holyhead. Both engines will be present with us during our Steam Gala in preparation for mainline railtour duties.


Both 45407 & 45212 will operate full diagrams on Friday 3rd and a single round trip on Saturday morning, 4th, before setting off mainline at approx. 11.45 Saturday morning to take up their railtour duties on the ‘big’ railway.

4 comments on “2 more for Winter Steam Gala

  1. It’s exactly 50 years ago that the last LMS crab was withdrawn – they were a regular sight in West Yorkshire and are known to have worked excursions up the KWV line in the 1950s. B1s were also based in West Yorkshire and the last three in service were those at Low Moor shed when it closed in October 1967. In fact these were the very last LNER engines in service. B1s again have been known to come off the GNR line from Queensbury down into Keighley onto our tracks, double heading with other locos. What with two LMS Class 5s, our WD and the 4F we have a wonderful evocation of West Yorkshire steam in the mid 1960s. The Standard 4s were also seen as some were based at Skipton. So we have great opportunities for some interesting double-heading turns too.

  2. What a splendid gala in prospect.Welll done all.Always a joy….but two tapered boilers …..double joy .Graham of Guiseley.
    Next thought for a triple joy…Taylors Boltmaker on board.and pie and peas at Oxenhope.

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