These last few weeks have emphasised the difficulty of advising, in advance, the locomotives to be rostered for our services, and never has the disclaimer at the foot of these notifications been more appropriate.
The fire risk continues and our trackside is still tinder dry, resulting in the Railway, reluctantly, replacing Thursday’s steam locomotive with one of our diesels but, as yet, there is no blanket steam ban on the KWVR and steam passenger services continue whenever possible.
This weekend, with the usual disclaimer, will have ‘Big Jim’, USATC S160 2-8-0 5820, at the head of steam services on both days and will continue with the weekday service.
On Sunday 5820 and will be joined by Ivatt 2-6-2T 41241 on our Sunday Vintage Train service. However conditions were favourable last weekend for the preferred locomotive, LNWR ‘Coal Tank’ 0-6-2T 1054 to head the Vintage Train. These are tricky times and we ask for understanding if the advertised locomotive is substituted.
The diesel service this Saturday will be locomotive hauled with our monthly Diesel & Ale train running throughout Saturday alongside our steam hauled service. This will be hauled by Class 37, 37 075.
On Saturday (Green Diesel & Ale Timetable) the first train departs Oxenhope (diesel) at 09.00 with steam locomotive trains operating from 11.00 and on Sunday (Blue Vintage Train Timetable), the first passenger service is steam hauled at 10.15.
Throughout the week the Orange Timetable operates (Monday – Friday) with the first service leaving Oxenhope at 10.00 The Orange Timetable includes the Haworth – Oxenhope tour bus which, on dry days, will be provided by an open top double decker for unrivalled views of the local countryside.
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.