2018 Spring Gala

Some of you will have seen on our Facebook page that we are (I am) having considerable difficulty with our website http://www.kwvr.co.uk .

This problem has arisen at a most problematical time as it is our Spring Gala this weekend. Whilst the Working Timetable (click to download) was published earlier, the Passenger Timetable has fallen fowl of the problem we are experiencing and cannot be seen in the usual place on the website. So for those looking for the passenger timetable, we are pleased to present them here:

To download the Passenger Timetable for all 3 days, click HERE>>>

All the details of the Gala are here on News@KWVR, click HERE>>>

Visiting Locomotives

With respect to the Gala, the positive news is that 70013 Oliver Cromwell arrived via our mainline connection, at a time when diesel and electric traction on the national network were in chaos, but steam locomotion made it through onto Worth Valley metals.

Hard on the heels of ‘Oliver Cromwell’ is our other visiting locomotive, S&DJR 7F 2-8-0 53808 which left its home on the West Somerset Railway today for its journey north (hopefully with its tender).

Booking for Spring Gala Goods Train Brake Van Rides

Last week we announced that visitors to the Spring Gala starting Friday 9th March, will, for the very first time, have the opportunity to travel on the Goods Train from Keighley to Oxenhope behind one of our locomotives at the Gala.

These trips are hauled by visiting 7F 53808 on Friday and Sunday, with home based S160 5820 hauling a train that it was designed for on Saturday. 70013 Oliver Cromwell is booked to work the Sunday evening trip (Please note that this is a one way evening trip, no return, so we would advise parking at Oxenhope).

The price is £40 per person with numbers strictly limited. Price includes your Rover Ticket that allows unlimited all day travel and Rail Story entry. Booking is in advance online.

To book your place in the Goods Train Brake Van, book online HERE>>>

Terms & Conditions Apply.

Please note that locomotives are subject to change. Brake Vans are not as comfortable as passenger carrying vehicles and can jolt. You must be medically fit, free of any health problems that could be affected by the rougher nature of the vehicle. You will be asked to sign an indemnity form by the host on arrival who will give you instructions for the trip.

Over 16s only.

Dark clothing should be worn, no high visibility vests.

Goods Train Brake Van Rides at Spring Gala

NEW FOR SPRING GALA 2018!

New for this years Spring Steam Gala we’re offering the rare chance to travel on the Gala Goods Train!

You will travel on the Goods train from Keighley to Oxenhope behind one of our locomotives on the Gala. The trip will depart Keighley early morning each day, with an additional ‘Cromwell Goods’ on Sunday evening. The morning trips are all scheduled to do a full return trip of the Railway with a banking locomotive added at Haworth Loop, before that locomotive returns you to Keighley where you can collect your tickets from the Booking office.

These trips are hauled by visiting 7F 53808 on Friday and Sunday, with home based 5820 hauling a train that it was designed for on Saturday. 70013 Oliver Cromwell is booked to work the Sunday evening trip (Please note that this is a one way evening trip, no return, so we would advise parking at Oxenhope).

Price includes your Rover Ticket that allows all day travel and Museum Entry.

£40 per person – strictly limited to low numbers.

‘Oliver Cromwell’ set for Spring Steam Gala

We have previously announced that two locomotives will be visiting the KWVR for our Spring Steam Gala on March 9th – 11th – SDJR 7F 2-8-0 53808 and LMS ‘Black 5’ 4-6-0 44871 – but now it is THREE!.

We’re delighted to announce a third locomotive, and arguably the most prestigious, subject to final contact, BR ‘Britannia’ Class 7MT 70013 ‘Oliver Cromwell’. ‘Cromwell’ will arrive via our mainline connection and comes courtesy of the National Railway Museum and 5305 Locomotive Association, who are custodians of the locomotive.

As seen in the photographs in this post, 70013 last visited in February 2009 and this will be its last appearances before withdrawal for overhaul.

Three visiting locomotives plus the home fleet will result in one our biggest visiting locomotive line ups ever! Surely a perfect way to kick-start our 50th Anniversary celebration and we are sure you will all agree and support the Railway in this great 2018 Gala.