Unfortunately the news item sent out earlier was erroneous in more ways than one, for which we humbly apologise. That post should have read as follows (and the date amended to THIS weekend).
Taff Vale Railway 0-6-2T no. 85 should have had the luxury of a day off on Sunday when USATC S160 5820 was due to handle the steam service but 5820 remained on shed and 85 handled the day’s steam service.
The TVR tank will not be getting respite this weekend either and is back this weekend on both Saturday and Sunday.
DRB M79964 which will once again operate the diesel turns throughout the weekend.
The highlight of last weekend was the trial running of a steam hauled (empty) passenger set banked by a further steam locomotive to simulate the operation when ‘Flying Scotsman’ visits in April. Under normal circumstances steam banked passenger services are not permitted and hence the trial. 60103 is a thoroughbred and the lifting of a heavy train, which will include both Pullman coaches, on the steep curve out of Keighley and up Keighley Bank is not what the A3 Pacific was built for. Banking assistance has therefore been given special dispensation to ensure that the days services operate without hitches and delays, should the Pacific need assistance out of Keighley. This adds to the dispensation for the axle loading which is over normal KWVR limits.
Whilst every effort will made to ensure that the advised motive power is available, the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway reserve the right to change this when operational circumstances so dictate.