Volunteers in the Spotlight

No Gala would be a success without the dedication of a large group of our volunteers, and the 2015 Autumn Steam spectacular was no different. We are delighted therefore that a number of linesiders pointed their cameras towards the real stars of the show – our volunteers.

Here is a small selection of the photographs we have received. The rest of the collection can be seen on our Flickr page >>>>

 

2015 Autumn Steam Spectacular in Pictures

For past events we have relied on spotting photographs of our events on social media and the images of a few regular contributors but this year, before the Autumn Steam Spectacular, we put out a request on Facebook for lineside photographers to send in their photographs for us to share with a wider audience. The response has been exceptional and we would like to thank everyone who sent in their contributions.

Here is a taste of what came through the virtual letterbox. The full collection can be sees on our Flickr page, just click HERE >>>>

I addition Steaming Around Yorkshire have produced their customary DVD of the event which can be sampled in this taster video and is available to purchase from Haworth Shop.

Network Rail Engineering Works This Weekend

Anyone attending the Music & Beer Festival on Saturday or Sunday and looking to travel by train to the event may need to make alternative arrangements as engineering works will close the line between parts of the Aire Valley line on both days. Below is the extract from the Network Rail website

  • Saturday – Trains between Leeds and Carlisle will run between Leeds and Long Preston only with buses operating between Long Preston and Carlisle.
  • Sunday – Trains between Leeds and Carlisle will run between Shipley and Long Preston only. Buses will operate between Leeds and Shipley & Long Preston and Carlisle.
  • Sunday – Trains between Leeds and Skipton / Morecambe will be replaced by buses between Leeds and Shipley.

Autumn Steam Spectacular – First Day in Pictures

The Autumn Steam Spectacular started in fine sunny weather with a slight chill in the air. We are delighted to have received photographs, not just from regulars but also new contributors and below is a selection of those we have received so far. Just click on the photograph to view the slide show.

For these photographs and many more, look out for a full gallery of Gala photographs that will be published in our Flickr feed in the coming weeks. Please keep the images flowing in.

The day was not just for the adults, this little visitor found a new amusement around the turntable, but it was all too much for one of our regular volunteers who took solace in the buffet car at Oxenhope.

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Network Rail Engineering Works This Weekend

Anyone attending the Autumn Steam Spectacular on Saturday or Sunday and looking to travel by train from or via Leeds will need to make alternative arrangements between Leeds and Keighley as engineering works will close the line between Leeds and Shipley. Below is the extract from the Network Rail website

  • Engineering work is taking place between Shipley / Guiseley and Leeds, closing some lines.
  • Trains between Skipton and Leeds will run between Skipton and Shipley only.
  • Trains between Bradford Forster Square and Leeds will not run.
  • Buses will run between Skipton / Shipley / Bradford Forster Square and Leeds.
  • Trains between Ilkley and Leeds and between Ilkley / Skipton and Bradford Forster Square will run as normal.
  • Virgin Trains East Coast trains between Skipton / Bradford Forster Square and London Kings Cross will run between Leeds and London Kings Cross only.

2015 Autumn Steam Spectacular – Final Call

It is only now 1 day away from this year’s Autumn Steam Spectacular with 3 days of steam action from the home fleet consisting of

• BR Standard 4MT 75078 now fully lined out in Haworth Locomotive Depot in BR livery
Seen here in Haworth Shed yesterday
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• WD 2-8-0 90733 – weathered and re-numbered 90711, a Bradford, Low Moor shed locomotive that hauled demolition trains on the Queensbury lines.
Below in a similar condition in 2013
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• Midland 4F 0-6-0 43924
• USATC S160 2-8-0 “Big Jim” No.5820
• LNWR 0-6-2 ‘Coal Tank’ 1054 – (Courtesy of Bahamas Loco Society)

In addition
• Hudswell Clarke 0-6-0T 1704 Nunlow will be in steam at Ingrow offering a combination of Brake Van rides and shunting demonstrations on Saturday & Sunday– (Courtesy of Bahamas Loco Society)
• Taff Vale Railway O2 0-6-2T 85 after overhaul will be in light steam in Haworth yard
• Grafton Steam Crane will be in steam and operating in Oakworth Yard on Saturday

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.

Train Services:

The Railway will run intensively from 0830 most days into the early evening. Stations are gaslit during the evenings and give a night-time glow as your train rolls in.

The public passenger timetable is now available on the website, but for the enthusiast who likes details of all movements on the day, passenger, goods and light engine movements, the Working Timetable can be downloaded HERE now.>>>>

Freight Trains

A branch goods train will be in operation during the weekend and will be highlighted on the working timetable for each day.

Express Trains

Steam gala weekends offer a rare chance to fly through our intermediate stations at full speed of 25mph on our non-stop services.

… And for all the details of the 3 day event visit the Event page on KWVR Website >>>

2015 Autumn Steam Spectacular

With only a few days to go to the 2015 Autumn Steam Spectacular, the latest update is now on the KWVR website including loco news, photo charter information, working timetables, fares and the rules and regulations regarding lineside photography.

Of particular interest to photographers will be the photo charters and full details are now available. As places are limited early booking is advised. As there will now be no visiting locomotive, prices have been reduced making the 3 days a steam action better value than ever.

We cannot over emphasise the incredible difficulties that our hard working volunteer organisers have faced this year, but despite this they are still smiling and looking forward to welcoming everybody to what should still be a spectacular gala. We hope that attendances across the 3 days will be just reward for their endeavours.

 

Statement on Autumn Steam Spectacular

It is with heavy hearts and regret that we have been informed today by our partners West Coast Railway Company that locomotive 4936 ‘Kinlet Hall’ has been declared out of gauge by Network Rail in the Keighley area and therefore will not be able to visit the Railway this weekend.

As you can appreciate we have a lot of plans already put together for the event which our volunteer organisers are now working hard to re-work timetables to bring to visitor’s to the event an interesting and stimulating Autumn Steam Spectacular.

No other visiting locomotives are available at such short notice for the event so our own locomotives will substitute for 4936. In addition, readers will know that due to bridge weakness in the Keighley area, the movement of West Country Pacific 34092 ‘Wells’ back to the Railway, has not been possible. It had been anticipated that the locomotive may return to the Railway via our main line connection but, in what can only be described as a double blow, we have now received confirmation that this will not be possible prior to the event.

Updated timetable, fares and information will follow shortly to reflect these changes. No further questions will be answered until the schedule for the event has been concluded.

2015 Autumn Steam Spectacular – Update

With only one week to go to the 2015 Autumn Steam Spectacular, the latest update is now on the KWVR website including loco news, photo charter information, working timetables and the rules and regulations regarding lineside photography.

Of particular interest to photographers will be the photo charters and full details are now available. As places are limited early booking is advised.

 

GWR ’49xx’ Class 4-6-0 4936 ‘Kinlet Hall’ for 2015 Autumn Steam Gala

The KWVR is pleased to announce that Great Western Railway ’49xx’ Class 4-6-0 – No. 4936 ‘Kinlet Hall’ will be our visiting locomotive for the Autumn Steam Gala taking place Friday 9th – Sunday 11th October. Passed for mainline running, 4936 will be arriving via the national network connection at Keighley, thus avoiding the current access difficulties at Ingrow.

‘Kinlet Hall’ is currently the oldest ‘Hall’ class locomotive running on the mainline network. Built in 1929, she ran 1,339,061 miles in GWR and BR service. In December 1963 the locomotive was withdrawn and sold for scrap a month later, thankfully to Woodham’s at Barry, from where she was rescued in 1979 by KHL Ltd, a small consortium of private individuals supported by an active team of volunteers. Now restored to her former glory and maintained to mainline standards, 4936 is currently resident locomotive on the West Somerset Railway and sees regular service on the 20-mile heritage line.

2015 Autumn Steam Spectacular – Update

Due to unforeseen circumstances, it is with sadness that we are unable to welcome the planned visits of U Class 31806 and Rebuilt Battle Of Britain 34053 ‘Sir Keith Park’ to our Autumn Steam Gala. This is because of restrictions currently in place on road access to the Railway following difficulties with a previous move. We are working hard to source a visiting locomotive that can arrive by rail. The Railway will release further updates as soon as locomotive details and moves are confirmed.

We are grateful to all the efforts of the local authority to solve this problem with us, but it is unlikely to be in time for the October gala.

Locomotives from the Home fleet

• Taff Vale Railway O2 0-6-2T 85 returns to traffic
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• BR Standard 4MT 4-6-0 75078 in fully lined out British Railways livery
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• West Country Pacific 34092 ‘Wells’
• Midland 4F 0-6-0 43924
• WD 2-8-0 90733
• USATC S160 2-8-0 “Big Jim” No.5820
• LNWR ‘0-6-2’ Coal Tank 1054 – (Courtesy of Bahamas Loco society)
• Hudswell Clarke 0-6-0T 1704 Nunlow – (Courtesy of Bahamas Loco society)

Rolling Stock

Full BR corridor gangway set.
Full BR Maroon Suburban set (ex-Kings Cross) – unique to the KWVR
A Pullman style ‘Boat Train’ featuring our 1930s Pullman Cars ‘Ann’ & Mary’, plus coaches from the Vintage Carriages Trust
Demonstration Freight Trains

Trade Displays:

Groups from around the region will be displaying their varied layouts of different shapes and sizes.

Train Services:

The Railway will run intensively from 0830 most days into the early evening. Stations are gaslit during the evenings and give a night-time glow as your train rolls in.

Freight Trains:

A branch goods train will be in operation during the weekend and will be highlighted on the timetable for each day.

Express Trains:

Steam gala weekends offer a rare chance to fly through our intermediate stations at full speed of 25mph on our non-stop services.

Catering:

To start your day, Oxenhope buffet is opening especially early and will be serving bacon and sausage butties to get you off to a fine start to the day. So fill up your tenders and replenish your tanks with a good hearty roll and a hot drink to make sure your long day gets off to a good start.

That should keep you going until lunchtime when you can top up your reserves with some good honest Yorkshire pie and peas, washed down by hot drink or something from the on-board bar where hand pulled real ale will served all day.

Arriving at Keighley or no time to wait at Oxenhope, you can fill up with the usual light snacks from the kiosk but also on Saturday and Sunday we’ll be serving the hot butties and pie and peas there as well.

Enthusiast Photo Events

Detail to be announced

2015 Autumn Steam Spectacular, 9th – 11th October

A strong line up of ten locomotives will feature including the gala two Southern Region visitors and the first Gala appearance of the Railway’s Taff Vale railway 0-6-2T no. 85. As usual we will be offering a great mix of photographic opportunities, passenger and goods trains, with non stop runs and double headers – a classic Worth Valley Steam Spectacular!

Visiting Locomotives

British Railways Rebuilt Battle of Britain Pacific 34053 ‘Sir Keith Park’ from the Severn Valley Railway.
34053 will be making her FIRST visit to another Heritage Railway. With thanks to Southern Locomotives Limited & Severn Valley Railway. She will make a fine sight alongside resident unrebuilt West Country Pacific 34092 ‘Wells’.

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Southern Railway U Class 2-6-0 31806 from the Swanage Railway
Affectionately known as the “U-boat”, 31806 is owned by John Bunch and in the care of Swanage Railway and we are grateful for the locomotive being made available to us.

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Locomotives from the Home fleet

• Taff Vale Railway O2 0-6-2T 85
85-090912-NH
• BR Standard 4MT 75078
• West Country Pacific 34092 ‘Wells’
• Midland 4F 43924
• WD 2-8-0 90733
• USATC S160 “Big Jim” No.5820
• LNWR Coal Tank 1054 – (Courtesy of Bahamas Loco society)
• Hudswell Clarke 1704 Nunlow – (Courtesy of Bahamas Loco society)

Trade Displays:

Groups from around the region will be displaying their varied layouts of different shapes and sizes.

Train Services:

The Railway will run intensively from 0830 most days into the early evening. Stations are gaslit during the evenings and give a night-time glow as your train rolls in.

Freight Trains:

A branch goods train will be in operation during the weekend and will be highlighted on the timetable for each day.

Express Trains:

Steam gala weekends offer a rare chance to fly through our intermediate stations at full speed of 25mph on our non-stop services.

Catering:

To start your day, Oxenhope buffet is opening especially early and will be serving bacon and sausage butties to get you off to a fine start to the day. So fill up your tenders and replenish your tanks with a good hearty roll and a hot drink to make sure your long day gets off to a good start.

That should keep you going until lunchtime when you can top up your reserves with some good honest Yorkshire pie and peas, washed down by hot drink or something from the on-board bar where hand pulled real ale will served all day.

Arriving at Keighley or no time to wait at Oxenhope, you can fill up with the usual light snacks from the kiosk but also on Saturday and Sunday we’ll be serving the hot butties and pie and peas there as well.

Enthusiast Photo Events

Detail to be announced

SR ‘U’ Class 31806 for 2015 Autumn Steam Gala

The KWVR is pleased to announce that Southern Railways U Class 2-6-0 – No. 31806 will be our second visitor to the Autumn Steam Gala taking place Friday 9th – Sunday 11th October.

Affectionately known as the “U-boat”, 31806 is owned by John Bunch and in the care of Swanage Railway and we are grateful for the locomotive being made available to us.

Starring alongside our other guest locomotive, rebuilt Battle of Britain Class Pacific 34053 ‘Sir Keith Park’, the Gala has a strong Southern Railways line up, with unrebuilt West Country Pacific 34092 ‘Wells’ & Standard 4MT 4-6-0 No. 75078 (which should, by then, be resplendent in a fully lined out British Railways livery).

Featured image: Geoff Griffiths

34053 ‘Sir Keith Park for 2015 Autumn Steam Gala

The Railway is delighted to confirm that rebuilt SR Bulleid Battle of Britain class pacific 34053 ‘Sir Keith Park’ will be the visiting locomotive for our Autumn Steam Gala, 9-11th October making her FIRST visit to another Heritage Railway. With thanks to Southern Locomotives Limited & Severn Valley Railway. She will make a fine sight alongside resident unrebuilt West Country pacific 34092 ‘Wells’.

Featured image: Ian Dixon.