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:

90733-140601_IIWD 2-8-0 90733
5820-140601_IIUSATC 2-8-0 5820
43924-130619_CSMR 4F 0-6-0 43924

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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