The Winter Steam Spectacular at the beginning of March was a resounding success as the photographs and videos we have received testify. For one family trio the event is remembered for a different reason, the first time that the Worth Valley Railway Amateur Radio Station (call signs when operating from the Railway GB4WVR and GB5WVR) which normally operates from the VCT at Ingrow, broadcast from Oakworth. You didn’t know there was a Worth Valley Railway Amateur Radio Station? Then you are not alone. It is quite likely that few of the Society’s non-working members or the general public are aware of the Proctor family and their keen interest in amateur radio. But as the photographs testify, long standing member Jack Proctor, not so long standing member, son Mark who has been with the Society for a mere 42 years, and Mark’s wife, Pam, broadcast from Oakworth platform during the March event. Continue reading
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.
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.
With the Winter Steam Spectacular only 2 days away, guest locomotive LNER K4 2-6-0 61994 The Great Marquess arrived via the Railway’s mainline connection at Keighley today. These images show the engine and support coach approaching Long Preston and waiting the right of way to take the main line up the Worth Valley branch.
Photos: The Keighley & Worth Valley Railway (Official) Facebook page
Having crossed over from Platform 3, 61994 finally gets the all clear to proceed to Haworth.
Photos: Stephen Houghton
The Winter Steam Spectacular is almost upon us and the line-up for the weekend is now confirmed
USA S160 2-8-0 5820 (as 95820)
LNER K4 2-6-0 61994 The Great Marquess (illustrated on ‘The Fellsman)
MR 4F 0-6-0 43924
WD 8F 2-8-0 90733
LNWR ‘Coal Tank’ 0-6-2 1054
Hudswell Clarke 0-6-0 1704 Nunlow
Last weekend 2 of the locomotives were receiving last minute attention as illustrated below and 95820 had its final running in turns ready for the official launch into traffic.
Featured image: Neil Harvey. Photos: News@KWVR
Unfortunately LMS Class 5MT 4-6-0 45305 Alderman A. E. Draper will now not be operating at the gala due to essential repairs that will not be completed in time
The Railway has arranged a series of “extra” Enthusiast Events running over the forthcoming Winter Steam Spectacular:
Friday 7th March – Early Morning Photo Charter
On the morning of 7th March there will be a small photo charter utilising USA S160 “Big Jim” as 95820 on a short Goods working. This may be the only chance to get photos of the locomotive in its current fictitious BR guise before it’s repainted, working the type of train it was designed to operate.
Friday 7th March – Evening Night Photoshoot
On the evening of 7th there will be a night shoot at Keighley Station. It is planned to have two trains in the platforms (likely to be one passenger and one Goods) lit up for photographs to be taken, as well as posing locomotives next to the water tower for watering. The station will be closed to the general public.
Sunday 9th March – Early Morning Photo Charter
On the morning of 9th March (Sunday) we will run a small photo charter utilising visiting LNER K4 No. 61994 on a short Goods working.
There will be a small charge for each event but they will be limited to a maximum of 20 people on a first come, first served basis. For full details click here visit the main website.
Featured image: Colin Smith. Photo: Ian Dixon
Having been non the Railway since April 2013, we are now able to confirm LMS 4-6-0 Black 5 45305 ‘Alderman A. E. Draper’ will remain with us to provide the second visiting engine for the Winter Steam Spectacular, 7th – 9th March.
These 2 images were taken at the Autumn Steam Spectacular
Featured image: Mitchell Turnbull. Photo: Steve Boreham
Making its first return to the Railway since the 40th Anniversary weekend in June 2008, John Cameron’s LNER K4 2-6-0 61994 The Great Marquess will be a star attraction in the Winter Steam Spectacular from the 7th – 9th March. The photograph below gives a taste of what is in store.
For further information , see the main Keighley & Worth Valley Railway website
Featured image: Colin Smith
Whilst visiting engines are still to be announced the home fleet will see the debut in service of USATC S160 2-8-0 5820 after a thorough and lengthy overhaul. Affectionately known as ‘Big Jim’, 5820 will appear in the fictitious British Railways guise as no. 95820.
Click here to see further details on the main website