2017 Winter Steam Gala Update


With only a few days to go, we are delighted to confirm the line up for this weekend’s Winter Steam Gala. As posted earlier 13065 arrived last week and the image below shows our other visitor, 61264, on Haworth shed having arrived on the Railway at Keighley in the hours of darkness.


So the line up consists of:

  • BR (LNER) B1 4-6-0 61264 (Courtesy of the Thompson B1 Locomotive Trust)
  • LMS ‘Crab’ 2-6-0 13065 (Courtesy of the East Lancashire Railway)
  • BR Standard 4MT 4-6-0 75078
  • WD 2-8-0 90733
  • 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)
  • Taff Vale Railway O2 0-6-2T 85
  • Hudswell Clarke 0-6-0T 1704 ‘Nunlow (Courtesy of Bahamas Loco Society)
  • Grafton Steam Crane will be in steam and operating in Oakworth Yard

… as well as a range of different coaching stock and goods vehicles.

On Sunday Mary and Ann, our two K class Pullmans built in 1930 as a pair for the Southern Railway Bournemouth Bell service will be in use. A supplement for travel is required for these vehicles at £5 each. Throughout the morning the supplement entitles you to complimentary ‘Coffee & Croissant’ and during the afternoon a traditional  ‘English Cream Tea’ – it’s well worth a fiver!

The situation with the two ‘Black 5s’, 45212 and 45407 remains fluid. They are due mainline certification this week and if that is forthcoming they should arrive on the Railway Friday evening by our connection at Keighley. This, of course precludes their participation on Friday, but will, if they do arrive, operate Saturday and Sunday requiring an amendment to the working timetables as previously published.

As with all our Galas we publish the working timetables for the various workings. The up-to-date version (01/03/17) can be viewed by downloading the 2017 Winter Steam Gala Working Timetable PDF. It is important to note that these timetables take account that 45212 and 45407 MAY be attending and reflect that the situation remains fluid.

The public timetables can be viewed HERE >>

Guided tours of the Haworth Locomotive Works

Once again we will be running our unique tour behind the scenes in our engine shed and workshop at Haworth, the tours being led by our experienced and knowledgeable volunteer tour guides. The tours are organised to raise funds to restore the Ivatt 2-6-2T 41241 and although the tours are free, we do ask our guests to consider making a Gift Aided donation, usually in the region of £5 to the KWVR Charity (no 1136853).

Tour times will connect with trains from Keighley arriving at Haworth where you will meet your guide at Haworth Station for your 45/60 minute tour.

2017 Winter Steam Gala Update

With the Gala only 9 days away, the guest locomotives have started to arrive, although doubt has been cast over the attendance of the ‘extras’.


First to arrive, from ‘over the hill’, is ex-LMS ‘Crab’ 2-6-0 13065. The first photograph, taken by Howard Malham is a somewhat depressing image of when the last time this engine arrived on KWVR metals in 1976 direct from Barry scrapyard. Now resplendent in its original LMS crimson lake livery, the two images illustrate well the work that goes into restoring an engine saved from the scrapyard to running order. Built at the ex-Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Horwich works, its first passenger train at the Gala will pair it with the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway coaches resident on the line.


It was announced that we would be joined by two ‘Black 5s’, 45212 and 45407 prior to their participation in a mainline railtour. Unfortunately due to changing circumstances their attendance is now not guaranteed.

As with all our Galas we publish the working timetables for the various workings. These can be viewed by downloading the 2017 Winter Steam Gala Working Timetable PDF. It is important to note that these timetables have been put together on the assumption that 45212 and 45407 are both attending, but, in their absence, an alternative locomotive has been designated.

The public timetables can be viewed HERE >>

Photo Permits for ‘Flying Scotsman’

And just a reminder that deadlines are looming for photo permits for the visit of ‘Scotsman’. If you are thinking of purchasing a permit here are the important dates:
♦  Current Members – valid Photo Permit: Deadline to apply Sunday 12th March 2017
♦  Current Members – expired Photo Permit: Deadline to apply Sunday 5th March 2017
♦  Expired Members – valid Photo Permit: Deadline to apply Sunday 12th March 2017

2 more for Winter Steam Gala

Following our announcement of visiting locomotives for the Winter Steam Gala, LMS ‘Crab’ 2-6-0 13065  and LNER Class B1 4-6-0 61264, we are pleased to report that we will be welcoming a further two or, more accurately, one plus a returnee home.

Our very own LMS ‘Black 5’ 4-6-0 45212 returned to action at our Autumn Steam Spectacular in October after overhaul to mainline condition at Ian Riley Engineering at Bury and will be returning to the KWVR metals in time to take part in the Gala after undertaking its mainline testing run.


Joining 45212 will be one of Ian Riley’s own Black 5s, no’s 45407 which will run onto KWVR metals after a mainline excursion to Holyhead. Both engines will be present with us during our Steam Gala in preparation for mainline railtour duties.


Both 45407 & 45212 will operate full diagrams on Friday 3rd and a single round trip on Saturday morning, 4th, before setting off mainline at approx. 11.45 Saturday morning to take up their railtour duties on the ‘big’ railway.