KWVR after dark.

Over weekends of the Autumn Steam Spectacular and the Beer & Music Festival, the Railway could be seen in a different light as the daytime light gave way to the evening darkness.

On Friday evening Keighley station was the scene of a photo-shoot featuring West Country Pacific 34092 ‘Wells’ and on Saturday an early evening freight train departed in failing light. Click HERE for the full photo collection.

The following weekend, steam trains ran through the dark until midnight ferrying attendees to and from the Festival, caught on video to give a very different perspective to the railway than normally seen in daylight hours.

Featured image: Inspiring Images

2014 Autumn Steam Spectacular – Photos & Video

The Railway was blessed by good weather throughout the Autumn Steam Spectacular over the weekend of the 10th – 13th October. The result was a bonanza of excellent photographs and videos.

Here is a selection of the photographs submitted by regular contributors  Neil Harvey, Inspiring Images, Sam Shenton, Robin Lush, Ian Dixon and Colin Smith. Below is a taster of the weekend, click HERE to see the full photo album on Flickr.

Once again the event produced some excellent videos. Our regular contributor Kenneth Baker produced this short taster. Click HERE to see the full version of  Part 1, HERE for an atmospheric Part 2 and Part 3 HERE.

Featured image: Sam Shenton


Roster change for Saturday & Sunday

We are sorry to advise visitors to the Autumn Steam Spectacular that LMS 5MT 4-6-0 45305 was failed this morning prior to it taking up its duties today.

Its turns on the roster will be taken by USATC S160 2-8-0 5820, Saturday, and WD 90733, Sunday.

We apologise for this change, but have no choice but to withdraw the locomotive from service this weekend.

Glorious Steam action on First Day of the ‘Spectacular’

In glorious Autumn sunshine, the Autumn Steam Spectacular got off to a great start as this selection of photos from the morning session clearly illustrates. Later in the day a darkened sky gives dramatic effect as the sun ‘sinks slowly in the west’.

A comprehensive look back at the event with photos from all our contributors will appear later in the week when all the photos have been received. In the meantime, if this selection has wetted your appetite, then make the trip over either Saturday or Sunday for more exciting action.

Featured image & morning photos: Robin Lush. Afternoon photos: Ralph Berry

All set for the 2014 Autumn Steam Spectacular

The locomotives have been lit up and are ready in Haworth Yard for this Autumn’s Steam Spectacular.

In the line up is 34092, not un-named as seen on all previous outings, but adorned with the crest and nameplates as originally carried when built. The West Country Pacific will be running as 34092 ‘Wells’, very appropriate as she now runs with a tender as supplied when the loco left the works in 1949.

34092 141009 PWi

Featured image & photo: Peter Whitaker

KWVR Website Back On-Line & Weekend Update

The Railway experienced difficulties earlier with the web server earlier but we are now back and the website is back on-line.

Just a reminder, only a couple of days to go to the Autumn Steam Spectacular.

Locomotives confirmed for the event are

West Country Pacific 34092 ‘City of Wells’ – making it’s debut Gala appearance after 25 years of painstaking restoration
Midland Railway 4F 0-6-0 43924
WD 2-8-0 90733
USATC S160 2-8-0 ‘Big Jim’ No.5820
LMS 5MT ‘Black 5’ 4-6-0 45305 (Coutesy of 5305 Locomotive Association)
LNWR 0-6-2 Coal Tank 1054 – (Courtesy of Bahamas Loco Society)
Hudswell Clarke 0-6-0T 1704 Nunlow – (Courtesy of Bahamas Loco Society)

For the passenger Timetables for the weekend, click HERE.

For the enthusiast wishing to know locomotive and train movements, click HERE for the working Timetables.

Locomotive Roster Autumn Steam Spectacular 10th – 12th October

The line-up for the 3 days is as announced earlier.

West Country Pacific 34092 ‘City of Wells’
Midland Railway 4F 0-6-0 43924
LMS ‘Black 5’ 4-6-0 45305
WD 2-8-0  90733
USATC 2-8-0 5820
LNWR o-6-2T ‘Coal Tank’ 1054
0-6-0T 1704 ‘Nunlow’

All locomotives will operate everyday, except 5820 which is not rostered for action on Friday .

For the working timetable click HERE and for the timetabled passenger service, click HERE

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.

2014 Autumn Steam Spectacular Update

Message from the Organisers

Following the difficulties at this time of transporting main line locomotives in our area and the unavailability of a steam locomotive under discussion, the KWVR have decided not to hire a visiting locomotive for the forthcoming Steam Spectacular Weekend.

The weekend will, however, feature a strong line up of seven locomotives, the likes of which we have not seen for some time, including the gala debut of 34092 ‘Wells’, the first Spectacular in which 5820 “Big Jim” has featured in USATC Grey and our mid-term visitor, 5305LA’s Black 5, 45305.

As usual we will be offering a great mix of passenger and goods trains, with non stop runs and double headers and photographic opportunities – a classic Worth Valley Steam Spectacular!

Autumn Steam Spectacular – Photo Event

Enthusiast Photo Events

As in past years the Railway will be holding a photographic event for enthusiasts where cameos will be performed involving engines selected from the Railway’s pool of available locomotives. Continue reading

October Events – Steam Spectacular

It is going to be a busy month on the Railway in October with three major events on the calendar. First up is the Autumn Steam Spectacular from the 10th to 12th October


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Video look back at the Winter Steam Spectacular

No look at the weekend’s events would be complete without a video from Kenneth Baker at Penny Steam. Filmed on Saturday, this review has been produced specifically for the Railway. We are sure that having seen this review you will want to see the full extended version of the days events.

To see the full length version of Penny Steam’s ‘Keighley & Worthy Valley – Winter Steam Spectacular’ Click here.

Universal Praise for Winter Steam Spectacular / Photo Gallery

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.

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