Locomotive Roster for Beer & Music Festival Weekend 20th – 23rd October 2016

There are 4 days of passenger workings this week starting on Thursday for the 4 days of the Beer & Music Festival.

Thursday 2oth – Class 101 DMU

Friday 21st & Saturday 22nd – Diesel Class 20 20 031 (morning diesel service), USATC S160 2-8-0 5820, WD 2-8-0 90733 and BR 4MT 4-6-0 75078

Sunday 23rd – Class 101 DMU (morning diesel service), USATC S160 2-8-0 5820 and BR 4MT 4-6-0 75078

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For the timetables in operation this week, please click HERE to visit the main website.

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.

Locomotive Roster for Weekend 24th & 25th September and Wednesday 28th September 2016

Over the 2 days of the weekend, WD 2-8-0 90733 will be at the head of the main service with Taff Vale Railway 0-6-2T no. 85 providing the second steam service for the second week in succession on Sunday.

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Saturday sees the last of the big diesel Saturdays when we will have a 2 train service with steam on one and one of our mainline diesels on the other. For this last service, English Electric Class 20 20 031 will be at the sharp. On Sunday the Class 101 diesel will be doing the honours on the early morning service.

Mid-week is the Wednesday diesel railbus service when a full line service operates with the Class 101 diesel multiple unit.

For the timetables in operation this weekend, please click HERE to visit the timetable page.

Whilst every effort will made to ensure that the advised motive power and coaching stock are available, the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway reserve the right to change this when operational circumstances so dictate.

Locomotive Roster for Bank Holiday Weekend 27th – 29th August and all next week to Friday 2nd September 2016

This weekend is the last Saturday of the month, so a two train service will operate all day with the relief train in the hands of one of our ‘big’ diesels. Originally Class 25 059 had been pencilled in to return to service this weekend but its overhaul continues so English Electric Class 20 no. 20 031 will take a 4 coach set throughout the day. The Class 101 DMU will operate the Sunday morning diesel service.

MR 4F 0-6-0 43924 will step down on Friday with WD 2-8-0 90733 taking over for the weekend service. On Sunday and Monday 90733 will be joined by BR Class 4MT 4-6-0 75078 which will then continue for the rest of the week on the final Orange timetable service for this year.

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For the timetables in operation this weekend, please click HERE to visit the timetable page.

Whilst every effort will made to ensure that the advised motive power and coaching stock are available, the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway reserve the right to change this when operational circumstances so dictate.

Locomotive Roster for Weekend 23rd & 24th July and all next week to Friday 29th July 2016

LMS Class 5MT 4-6-0 45212 is at Haworth receiving attention from Haworth works staff so linesiders will have to wait a little longer before the locomotive is out on the branch. BR Class 4MT 4-6-0 75078 will be at the head of the steam service for a 7 day turn of duty from Saturday right through the week to Friday. 75078 will be joined on Sunday by WD 2-8-0 90733.

The normal early morning diesel railbus on Saturday will once again feature English Electric Class 20 no. 20 031 at the head of locomotive hauled stock. The Class 101 DMU will operate the Sunday morning diesel service.

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For the timetables in operation this weekend, please click HERE to visit the timetable page.

Whilst every effort will made to ensure that the advised motive power and coaching stock are available, the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway reserve the right to change this when operational circumstances so dictate.

Locomotive Roster for Weekend 16th & 17th July and all next week to Friday 22nd July 2016

This weekend is the 4th of our series of Vintage Train Sundays when our more venerable locomotives and rolling stock are allowed to stretch their legs on the main line.

TVR 0-6-2T no. 85 will head the ‘main’ Vintage Set which will be formed of four coaches, comprising coaches from the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Trust and Vintage Carriages Trust:
Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Club Car, no. 47
Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway 6-wheel 3rd Class coach, no. 1507
Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Brake 3rd, no. 1474
Metropolitan Railway Brake 3rd, no. 427

The ‘shuttle’ Vintage Set hauled by LNWR 0-6-2T ‘Coal Tank’ will once again consist of two carriages from the Vintage Carriages Trust fleet:
Great Northern Railway 6-wheel Brake, no. 589
Southern Railway ‘Chatham’ Brake, no. 3554

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BR Class 4MT 4-6-0 75078 will head the main timetable services throughout the weekend, with the weekday service in the hands of MR 4F 0-6-0 43924.

The normal early morning diesel railbus is rested on Saturday and English Electric Class 20 no. 20 031 will take a locomotive hauled set on the morning diesel run before handing over to 75078. The Class 101 DMU will operate the Sunday morning diesel service.

For the timetables in operation this weekend, please click HERE to visit the timetable page.

Whilst every effort will made to ensure that the advised motive power and coaching stock are available, the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway reserve the right to change this when operational circumstances so dictate.

ex-LMS ‘Black 5’ 45212 Arrives Home

After a long and protracted restoration to mainline condition, ex-LMS Class 5MT 4-6-0 45212 has returned, albeit for a very limited period, to the KWVR for final painting and running-in prior to returning to Ian Riley’s at Bury for any remedial work and final preparation for returning to the mainline.

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Locomotive Roster for Weekend 9th & 10th July and all next week to Friday 15th July 2016

The arrival of LMS Class 5MT 4-6-0 45212 has set tongues wagging but linesiders will have to wait a little longer before the locomotive is put through its paces. BR Class 4MT 4-6-0 75078 has operated throughout the week but MR 4F 0-6-0 43924 will take over for the weekend being joined on Sunday by WD 2-8-0 90733 that will then continue through to Friday 15th July on the weekday service.

The normal early morning diesel railbus is again rested on Saturday and English Electric Class 20 no. 20 031 will take the service set on the morning diesel run before handing over to 43924. The Class 101 DMU will operate the Sunday morning diesel service.

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Locomotive Roster for Weekend 2nd & 3rd July and all next week to Friday 8th July 2016

After the withdrawal from service of BR Class 4MT 4-6-0 75078 at the weekend, the weekday service has been in the hands of MR 4F 0-6-0 43924.

However, it is anticipated that repairs will be completed in time for 75078 to resume duties on 1st July and will be the main steam locomotive Saturday and Sunday and throughout the week.

Sunday sees the third of our ‘Vintage Train’ days when TVR 0-6-2T no. 85 will head the ‘main’ Vintage Set which will be formed of four coaches, comprising coaches from the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Trust and Vintage Carriages Trust:
Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Club Car, no. 47
Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway 6-wheel 3rd Class coach, no. 1507
Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Brake 3rd, no. 1474
Metropolitan Railway Brake 3rd, no. 427

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The ‘shuttle’ Vintage Set hauled by LNWR 0-6-2T ‘Coal Tank’ will once again consist of two carriages from the Vintage Carriages Trust fleet:
Great Northern Railway 6-wheel Brake, no. 589
Southern Railway ‘Chatham’ Brake, no. 3554

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The normal early morning diesel railbus is rested on Saturday and English Electric Class 20 no. 20 031 will take the service set on the morning diesel run before handing over to 75078. The Class 101 DMU will operate the Sunday morning diesel service.

For the timetables in operation this weekend, please click HERE to visit the timetable page.

Whilst every effort will made to ensure that the advised motive power and coaching stock are available, the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway reserve the right to change this when operational circumstances so dictate.

Locomotive Roster for Weekend 25th & 26th June and all next week to Friday 1st July 2016

Saturday sees the third of our ‘Big Diesel’ days when our normal early morning diesel railbus is rested and one of our mainline diesels, hauling coaching, stock takes its place and operates throughout the day in addition to our steam service

This Saturday’s diesel haulage will be provided by English Electric Class 20 no. 20 031. 20 031 is not the only diesel haulage this weekend as Sunday will see 0-6-0 diesel shunter D0226 on the early morning railcar service for two round trips from Oxenhope to Keighley.

The main steam locomotive this weekend and throughout the week will be BR Class 4MT 4-6-0 75078, joined on Sunday by MR 4F 0-6-0 43924

For the timetables in operation this weekend, please click HERE to visit the timetable page.

Whilst every effort will made to ensure that the advised motive power and coaching stock are available, the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway reserve the right to change this when operational circumstances so dictate.

Locomotive Roster for the Weekend 19th & 20th December 2015

With 90733 withdrawn for essential maintenance having missed last weekend’s booked duty on Sunday, when 75078 substituted, USATC S160 2-8-0 5820 will be on duty for this, the final Santa weekend of 2015.

On Saturday BR 4MT 4-6-0 75078 be taking Santa on his journey south with Class 37 diesel 37 075 providing power at the north end on Saturday and 5820 with Class 20 031 on Sunday.

The diesel service, which operates all day on both days and is free to those holding Santa Special tickets, will be in the hands of our class 101 diesel multiple unit.

For the timetables in operation this weekend, please click HERE to visit the main website.

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.

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Locomotive Roster for the Weekend 12th & 13th December 2015

5820 substituted for 90733 last weekend, after passing its annual boiler examination. However this weekend should revert to the booked combination of BR 4MT 4-6-0 75078 on Saturday and WD 2-8-0 90733 on Sunday. The north end traction will be provided by Class 20 20 031 on both days.

The diesel service, which operates all day on both days and is free to those holding Santa Special tickets, will be in the hands of our class 101 diesel multiple unit.

For the timetables in operation this weekend, please click HERE to visit the main website.

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.

Locomotive Roster for the Weekend 5th & 6th December 2015

The first Santa Steam Special weekend had its fair share of wind and rain and hopefully this weekend will prove better for our locomotives and crews who had to survive gales and monsoon rain on both days. This weekend will have the same combination of locomotives with BR 4MT 4-6-0 75078 on Saturday and WD 2-8-0 90733 on Sunday. The north end traction will be provided by Class 37 370 075 on Saturday and Class 20 20 031 on Sunday.

The diesel service, which operates all day on both days and is free to those holding Santa Special tickets, will be in the hands of our class 101 diesel multiple unit.

For the timetables in operation this weekend, please click HERE to visit the main website.

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.

Locomotive Roster 3rd August – 7th August and weekend to 8th & 9th August 2015

The weekday service this week is in the hands of WD 2-8-0 90733. The service commences at 10.00 with the first train from Oxenhope and the Vintage Tour Bus is in operation all week.

On Saturday USATC S160 2-8-0 5820 will take over the steam service for the weekend and 90733 will come back for the Sunday relief  service.

This Saturday sees the last of the diesel locomotive hauled trains. Originally scheduled for Class 25 haulage, the service will now be in the hands of Class 20 031 and Class 37, 37 075 as the repairs to 25 059 have not been completed in time. Diesel Class 101 will take the Sunday morning diesel service.

The day’s schedule for the diesel haulage will be as follows:

0900 Ox – Kei – 20031
0940 Kei – Ox – 20031
1015 Ox – Kei – 20031
1100 Kei – Ox – 20031 with 37075 added at Haworth Loop.
1145 Ox – Kei – 20031 leading 37075.
1230 Kei – Ox – 20031 leading 37075. Detach 20031 at Haworth Loop.
1315 Ox – Kei – 37075
1400 Kei – Ox – 37075
1445 Ox – Kei – 37075
1530 Kei – Ox – 37075
1615 Ox – Kei – 37075
1700 Kei – Ox – 37075

For the timetables in operation this weekend, please click HERE to visit the main website.

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.

Locomotive Roster Week 13th – 17th July and weekend 18th & 19th July 2015

With trains operating on only 3 days this week (see details of the disruption to our services on the KWVR Website), 4F 0-6-0 43924 is in action  Monday & Tuesday. Wednesday is a top-&-tail service, WD 2-8-0 90733 at the south end with Class 20 20 031 at the Keighley end of the train on this Oxenhope – Ingrow shuttle. Each day the first steam train leaves Oxenhope at 10.00.

On Thursday and Friday, when no train service operate, there will be tours of Haworth Locomotive Works to meet each of the bus services arriving at Haworth Station.

Over the weekend the main service will continue behind 90733 with the diesel service in the hands of 20 031 on Saturday and the Class 101 DMU, Sunday. Sunday will see 90733 on the main service, joined by LNWR 0-6-2 ‘Coal Tank’ 1054 on the Vintage Trains passenger service.

For the timetables in operation this weekend, please click HERE to visit the main website.

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.

First “passenger” train on nascent KWVR

In a year of 50th anniversaries which have so far included the arrival of the first rolling stock and founding of the Vintage Carriages Trust, one 50th anniversary nearly passed un-noticed. On the 5th June 1965, with stock having arrived only a few months earlier, the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway operated its first ever passenger train, although it was a far cry from the 6 coach Keighley – Oxenhope trains that regularly make the journey up and down the Valley today. It would be another 3 years before regular passenger trains returned to the Valley.

Formed of Lancashire & Yorkshire 0-4-0ST 51218 and the Southern Railway ‘Matchboard’ coach no. 3554, the Railway offered rides out of Haworth Yard, under Bridge 26 and a short distance along Haworth loop in conditions that today would give any self respecting Safety Officer a heart attack. A few photographs survive of the day courtesy of Chris Bray and F. W. Smith and show not only enthusiastic men but wives and girl friends with children of all sizes queuing for a ride and swarming all over the tracks of Haworth Yard.

A small but insignificant step for which we are eternally grateful 50 years on.

WVL343On the same day photographer Martin S. Welch was in the Highlands of Scotland and by chance took this photograph of BR Class 20 D8031 at Kittybrewster Shed, Aberdeen complete with tablet catcher and snowplough. It would be many years before this locomotive was withdrawn and avoided the cutters torch by being preserved on the KWVR; today operational with its later numbering of 20 031.

 

Locomotive Roster Week 8th – 12th June and weekend to 13th & 14th June 2015

BR Standard 4MT 4-6-0 75078 is again in action this week on the weekday service and will handle all the services Monday – Friday. The first steam train leaves Oxenhope at 10.00 and the last service on the branch departs Keighley at 15.45 – 4 round trips in all.

Over the weekend the main service will again be 75078 hauled with the Saturday diesel locomotive train in the hands of Class 20, 20 031 for the third of the railway’s diesel days. Sunday sees a welcome return of the Vintage Trains in the relief path with ‘vintage’ stalwart, LNWR 0-6-2T ‘Coal tank’ 1054 at its head. 75078 will remain in action for the week 15th – 19th June.

For the timetables in operation this weekend, please click HERE to visit the main website.

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.

KWVR introduces new Saturday Diesel Locomotive Service

Following the decision not to hold a Diesel Gala weekend during 2015, the Railway has been looking at ways to operate our diesel locomotives on duties that may prove attractive to visitors. We already use the diesel locomotives for morning duties on bank holiday weekends, some special events, and on selected Summer Saturdays, but we recognised these short early morning duties weren’t ideal for enthusiasts to attend and enjoy riding behind their favourite locomotives.

We are now pleased to confirm that a diesel locomotive hauled train will operate ALL DAY on the following Saturdays: 11th April, 9th May, 13th June, 11th July and 8th August which will operate in addition to the steam train service. Starting at 09.00 from Oxenhope, the diesel loco hauled train will replace the diesel railcar service and operate 6 round trips of the line, finishing back at Oxenhope at 17.25. A real-ale buffet car will also be provided on these trains*. In addition, normal fares will be charged. An all-day Rover ticket costing only £16 is excellent value for a full day behind your favourite locomotive.

Update – 15th march 2015

In addition it has now been announced that on Sunday 12th April D0226 will haul the 1315, 1445 and 1615 from Oxenhope and 1400, 1530 and 1700 from Keighley. On Sunday 10th May D0226 will haul the 0900, 1015 and 1145 from Oxenhope and 0940, 1100 and 1230 from Keighley.

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A D8031 / 20 031 Special from the Archives

In October KWVR, archivist, Paul Brunt, gave us an insight into the past history of Midland Railway 4F 0-6-0 43924. He now turn his virtual pen to plot the comings and goings of one of the more modern members of the Worth Valley fleet, British Railways Type 1, later Class 20, Bo-Bo Diesel Electric D8031 / 20 031

As the Railways Class 20 D8031 turned 55 in December, although it did not enter service with British Railways until January 1960 I thought a pictorial look back at its life would be in order, especially as most people look to retire at this age, hopefully though this locomotive will still see many more years use. Continue reading

High Praise for Diesel Gala Weekend

Visiting locomotives this year were drawn from three Midlands’ railways. From the Battlefield Line at Shackerstone came Class 25, D5217, from the Great Central at Loughborough came ochre liveried Class 31, D5830 and third of the trio was Class 33, 33 035 normally resident on the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway.

The visitors complemented the home fleet of Class 20 20 031, Class 25 25 059, Class 37 37 075 and 0-6-0 D0226 ‘Vulcan’ with a cameo appearance of D32, the newly restored Mersey Docks and Harbour Board 0-6-0 shunter.

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