Locomotive Roster for the Weekend 23rd & 24th December 2016

The first Santa Steam Specials of the season ran on the 26th & 27th November and after 4 hugely successful weekends the season comes to a climax with the last Specials on Friday 23rd and Christmas Eve.

Our volunteers have been working very hard keeping our visitors happy and entertained especially with trains full to capacity on every one of our trains.

This last two days will have a combination of locomotives with USATC S160 2-8-0 5820 on the south, Oxenhope end of the train assisted, for the final time, by Class 25 diesel 25 059 at the Keighley end.

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The diesel service operates all day on both days and is free to those holding Santa Special tickets and pay on the day to other passengers, will be in the hands of our class 101 diesel multiple unit. This will be the last diesel service of 2016, returning on 7th January.

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For the diesel railcar service timetable in operation this weekend, please click HERE to visit the main website.

There are no trains on Christmas Day, we are sure everyone will agree that our dedicated band of volunteers deserve at least one day off, but our steam hauled Mince Pie Specials will run on Boxing Day and everyday until 2nd January 2017. These services will be hauled by BR Standard Class 4MT 4-6-0 75078.

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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.

Amendment to Locomotive Roster for the Weekend 17th & 18th December 2016

This weekend is week 4 of Santa Steam Specials and the weather, in the main, appears to be holding out so relatively kind to our passengers compared to the last few years. Just a nice sprinkling of snow and a bright sunny day would really set the scene.

90733 will be providing the steam traction on both days this weekend with the class 25 continuing at the north, Keighley, end and will be the motive power on the evening Carol Service Train, for which just a few seats remain.

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The Santa Steam Specials are sold out but the diesel service operates all day on both days and is free to those holding Santa Special tickets and is pay on the day to other passengers. Again the service will be in the hands of our class 101 diesel multiple unit.

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For the diesel railcar service timetable in operation this weekend, please click HERE to visit the main website.

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.

Locomotive Roster for the Weekend 17th & 18th December 2016

This weekend is week 4 of Santa Steam Specials and the weather, in the main, appears to be holding out so relatively kind to our passengers compared to the last few years. Just a nice sprinkling of snow and a bright sunny day would really set the scene.

Last weekend saw both USATC S160 2-8-0 5820 and WD 2-8-0 90733 on the south, Oxenhope end of the train assisted, once again, by Class 25 diesel 25 059 at the Keighley end. 90733 will be providing the steam traction on both days this weekend with the class 25 continuing at the north, Keighley, end. MR 4F 0-6-0 43924 will be the standby locomotive and will be double heading with 90733 on the evening Carol Service Train, for which just a few seats remain.

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The Santa Steam Specials are sold out but the diesel service operates all day on both days and is free to those holding Santa Special tickets and is pay on the day to other passengers. Again the service will be in the hands of our class 101 diesel multiple unit.

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For the diesel railcar service timetable in operation this weekend, please click HERE to visit the main website.

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.

Locomotive Roster for the Weekend 10th & 11th December 2016

We are now into our 3rd week of Santa Steam Specials and the weather, so far, has been relatively kind to our passengers compared to the last few years.

Last weekend saw both USATC S160 2-8-0 5820 (Saturday) and WD 2-8-0 90733 (Sunday) on the south, Oxenhope end of the train assisted, once again, by Class 25 diesel 25 059 at the Keighley end. 90733 will be providing the steam traction on both days this weekend with the class 25 continuing at the north, Keighley, end.

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The Santa Steam Specials are sold out but the diesel service operates all day on both days and is free to those holding Santa Special tickets and is pay on the day to other passengers. Again the service will be in the hands of our class 101 diesel multiple unit.

For the diesel railcar service timetable in operation this weekend, please click HERE to visit the main website.

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.

Locomotive Roster for the Weekend 3rd & 4th December 2016

The first Santa Steam Specials ran last weekend, and started with a cloudless blue sky, sunshine but, at times, a bitterly cold breeze, just what you would like to expect on a Santa weekend. Sunday almost reverted to type, but the sun managed a few rays throughout the day, although chilling rain hit the Valley late morning. Here are a few images from that first weekend courtesy of the photographers who made it out on the day.

Last weekend saw USATC S160 2-8-0 5820 on the south, Oxenhope end of the train assisted by Class 25 diesel 25 059 at the Keighley end. 5820 is in action again this weekend but the weekend starts with WD 2-8-0 90733 providing the steam traction on Saturday giving way to 5820 on Sunday. After its protracted overhaul the class 25 continues on diesel duty and made a welcome sight on its return to action.

The Santa Steam Specials are sold out but the diesel service operates all day on both days and is free to those holding Santa Special tickets and is pay on the day to other passengers. Again the service will be in the hands of our class 101 diesel multiple unit.

For the diesel railcar service timetable in operation this weekend, please click HERE to visit the main website.

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.

Locomotive Roster for the Weekend 26th & 27th November 2016

The first Santa Steam Specials run this weekend, when normal steam passenger services between now and Christmas are suspended and the pre-booked only Santa Steam Specials take centre stage. For visitors without a Santa Steam Special ticket wishing to travel along the Worth Valley a diesel railcar service operates throughout the day, starting at 09.00, giving passengers a new perspective through the forward facing windows on our diesel railcars.

Our volunteers have been working very hard decorating the carriages and stations and with trains full to capacity it is fingers crossed that we have fair weather to greet all our little visitors to Father Christmas. This weekend will have a combination of locomotives with USATC S160 2-8-0 5820 on the south, Oxenhope end of the train assisted by Class 25 diesel 25 059 at the Keighley end. After a protracted overhaul this is a welcome return to service for the class 25.

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The diesel service, which operates all day on both days and is free to those holding Santa Special tickets and pay on the day to other passengers, will be in the hands of our class 101 diesel multiple unit.

For the diesel railcar service timetable in operation this weekend, please click HERE to visit the main website.

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.

KWVR introduces new Saturday Diesel Locomotive Service

Following the decision not to hold a Diesel Gala weekend during 2015, the Railway has been looking at ways to operate our diesel locomotives on duties that may prove attractive to visitors. We already use the diesel locomotives for morning duties on bank holiday weekends, some special events, and on selected Summer Saturdays, but we recognised these short early morning duties weren’t ideal for enthusiasts to attend and enjoy riding behind their favourite locomotives.

We are now pleased to confirm that a diesel locomotive hauled train will operate ALL DAY on the following Saturdays: 11th April, 9th May, 13th June, 11th July and 8th August which will operate in addition to the steam train service. Starting at 09.00 from Oxenhope, the diesel loco hauled train will replace the diesel railcar service and operate 6 round trips of the line, finishing back at Oxenhope at 17.25. A real-ale buffet car will also be provided on these trains*. In addition, normal fares will be charged. An all-day Rover ticket costing only £16 is excellent value for a full day behind your favourite locomotive.

Update – 15th march 2015

In addition it has now been announced that on Sunday 12th April D0226 will haul the 1315, 1445 and 1615 from Oxenhope and 1400, 1530 and 1700 from Keighley. On Sunday 10th May D0226 will haul the 0900, 1015 and 1145 from Oxenhope and 0940, 1100 and 1230 from Keighley.

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Locomotive Roster Beer & Music Festival Weekend

The Railway has a big engine line-up for 3 days of this weekend’s 4 day festival.

Thursday – The Festival starts with a DMU service starting at 16.00 from Oxenhope. This will be in the hands of the Class 101

Friday & Saturday – The first two round trips will be loco hauled in the hands of Class 25 25 059. The rostered locomotives for the daytime steam service will be West Country Pacific 34092 ‘Wells’ and USATC S160 2-8-0 5820. The evening service will be in the hands of WD 2-8-0 90733

Sunday – Class 101 DMU will be taking the diesel turn handing over to 34092 and 5820 for the steam hauled services.

This weekend sees special timetables in operation, click HERE to download

Featured image: Robin Lush

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.

Locomotive Roster Weekend 20th & 21st September

With the line still severed between Oakworth and Haworth, a steam shuttle will once again operate between Oxenhope and Haworth. A diesel service will operate on the northern section between Keighley and Oakworth. In addition a vintage bus service, operated by Classic Vehicles of Yesteryear, will operate between Ingrow and Haworth.

Click HERE for the special timetable. With no run-round facility at Haworth, the steam service once again will be top and tailed with WD 2-8-0 90733 at the south (uphill end) and English Electric 0-6-0 diesel D0226 or Class 25 diesel 25 059 at the northern end. Further down the Valley the diesel service will utilise our Class 101, 2 car DMU.

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.

Featured image: Neil Harvey

KWVR – The Tour de France Railway

TdF6_IIJuly 6th, 2014 will go down in the history of the Keighley and Worth Valley, as the day when the Railway ran a record number of trains staffed by a record number of volunteers although, whether it carried a record number of passengers is disputable. Oh, and there is the matter of a cycle race that took place watched by a record number of people by the roadside. So records tumbled throughout the weekend as Le Grand Depart of The Tour de France took Yorkshire by storm.

The photographs only tell part of the story. Behind the photographs were weeks of planning and behind the scenes work on rolling stock, catering requirements and so much more which all came together to produce an intensive train service, the like of which the Railway has never seen in its long and humble existence. This was more like commuting into a big city rather than a journey along a quiet Yorkshire railway by-way.

Photo: inspiring images

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Locomotive Roster for 1st – 7th July – Tour de France Weekend

Throughout the weekend there will be a rotation of the three working steam locomotives:

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25-059-140607_FRThese will be supplemented by Class 25 25 059 and Vulcan 0-6-0 diesel D0226 with the Class 101 diesel multiple unit working the diesel service on Friday, Saturday and Monday

D0226-PS1st – 3rd July: Pink Timetable with 5820 on the steam service

101-140621'2_PLaFor the timetable in operation between 4th and the 7th July, click here

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High Praise for Diesel Gala Weekend

Visiting locomotives this year were drawn from three Midlands’ railways. From the Battlefield Line at Shackerstone came Class 25, D5217, from the Great Central at Loughborough came ochre liveried Class 31, D5830 and third of the trio was Class 33, 33 035 normally resident on the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway.

The visitors complemented the home fleet of Class 20 20 031, Class 25 25 059, Class 37 37 075 and 0-6-0 D0226 ‘Vulcan’ with a cameo appearance of D32, the newly restored Mersey Docks and Harbour Board 0-6-0 shunter.

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