Locomotive Roster for Saturday 23rd June and 50th Anniversary 8-Day Gala

Only 3 days to go before we start our 8 days celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway re-opening on the 29th June 1968.

The following locomotives will be in operation over the 9 days from Saturday 23rd June to Sunday 1st July

Steam Locomotives


London Midland Scottish Railway ‘Royal Scot’ Class 4-6-0 46100 ‘Royal Scot’
London Midland Scottish Railway Class 5MT ‘Black 5’ 4-6-0 45212
Southern Region ‘West Country’ Pacific 34092 ‘City of Wells’
Great Western Railway 0-6-0PT 7714

Home Fleet

British Railway Ivatt 2-6-2T 41241
Midland 4F 0-6-0 43924
British Railway Standard 4MT 4-6-0 75078
United States of America Transport Corp S160 2-8-0 5820
London & North Western Railway ‘Coal Tank’ 0-6-2T 1054

Diesel Locomotives


British Railway ‘Deltic’ Class 55, 55 019 ‘Royal Highland Fusiliers
British Railways Class 50, 50 035 ‘Ark Royal’
GB Railfreight Class 66
GB Railfreight Class 73
Direct Rail Services Class 37

Home Fleet

Mersey Docks & Harbour Board 0-6-0 Diesel Shunter D32
British Railways Class 20, 20 031
British Railways Class 25, 25 059
English Electric 0-6-0 D0226 ‘Vulcan’

An 8 day Gala involving this multitude of steam and diesel locomotives has been planned with the following proposed daily roster:

Saturday 23rd June: 45212 (+ 43924 on the Saturday works train)
Sunday 24th June: 41241 (relaunch into traffic), 75078, 5820, 1054, 45212 and 34092
Monday 25th June: 46100 & 41241 (top and tailed), 34092 and 45212
Tuesday 26th June: 46100 & 41241 (top and tailed), 34092 and 75078
Wednesday 27th June: 46100 & 41241 (top and tailed), 34092 and 43924
Thursday 28th June: 43924, 41241, 1054, 7714, D32 and D0226
Friday 29th June: 41241 (re-opening Anniversary train), 5820, 45212, 34092, 7714, GBRf 66 xxx and GBRf 73 xxx
Saturday 30th June: 41241, 43924, 1054, 45212, 34092, 7714, 55 019, 50 035, 20 031 and DRS 37 xxx
Sunday 1st July: 55 019, 50 035, D32, 20 031, 25 059, D0226, GBRf 66 xxx, GBRf 73 xxx and DRS 37 xxx

To download the working timetables for all 8 days of the Gala, click HERE.

To view the daily passenger timetables visit the KWVR website or to download the passenger timetables for all 8 days of the Gala, click HERE.

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 Weekend 16th & 17th June and Weekday 18th – 22nd June 2018

For the last weekend and weekday services before we begin our 50th Anniversary 8-day Gala celebrations we have quite a mixture of motive power over the next 7 days, even before our Gala begins. The line up will be as follows:

  • Saturday 16th June – British Railways Class 4MT 4-6-0 75078
  • Sunday 17th June – 75078 plus Class 50 diesel electric 50 035 ‘Ark Royal’, by special arrangement with the Class 50 Alliance, owner of the locomotive, which arrived this week ready for its Gala appearance.
  • Monday 18th & Tuesday 19th June – 75078
  • Wednesday 20th – Friday 22nd – KWVR owned LMS Class 5MT ‘Black 5’ 4-6-0 45212 which arrives via the mainline connection for the Gala on Tuesday, 19th June.

Please click HERE to visit the main website for timetables in operation for the next 7 days.

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

50th Anniversary Gala Update

We are delighted to announce a further visiting steam locomotives, one returning home and an additional mainline diesel for the 8 day Gala.

Southern Railway ‘West Country’ Pacific 34092 ‘City of Wells’

We’re delighted to share with you the news that 34092 ‘City of Wells’ will return this Summer – for our 50th Anniversary in June. Thanks go to the current owners, life long and KWVR founding Members, who have made the Loco available for the last time under their ownership.

Although based on the KWVR since being rescued from Barry scrapyard in the 1970s ‘City of Wells’ was never a suitable locomotive for a short, steep 5 mile branch line. Having been marooned at Bury due to bridge problems in Keighley, the ELR were able to make greater use of the locomotive whilst in their care, than would be the case on the KWVR. The private owners of the locomotive made the decision to pass this superbly restored ex-Southern Pacific onto new owners and, as the ELR is more suited to it, are in the process of selling ‘City of Wells’ to the East Lancashire Railway at Bury.

It is with great pleasure therefore that we welcome 34092 to its spiritual home for one last time in the original owners care.

LMS Class 5MT ‘Black 5’ 4-6-0 45212

Returning for the first time since it returned to traffic in 2017, the KWVR’s very own ‘Black 5’, 45212, is making a brief appearance in between mainline duties. As part of the agreement with Ian Riley Engineering to restore 45212 to mainline condition, the KWVR had use of the locomotive, or another member of the class, at various time during the year. Ian Riley’s sister locomotive 44871, spent few months over the Christmas period in lieu of 45212.

45212 was one of the first locomotives to arrive on the line after re-opening, being purchased straight out of service when steam traction ceased on British Railways, having had the distinction of heading the final steam hauled revenue earning service on August 4th 1968.

Class 50 English Electric Type 4 50 035 ‘Ark Royal’

Class 50, 50 035 Ark Royal, has been confirmed as attending our 50th Anniversary courtesy of our friends at ‘The Class 50 Alliance Ltd”.

The class were initially introduced for services north of Crewe, prior to electrification of the Crewe – Glasgow section of the West Coast main line. As 45212 was being withdrawn, D435 (as initially numbered) was being released into traffic from the Vulcan Foundry in Newton-le-Willows. In the re-numbering system of the 1970s D435 became 50 035 in 1974 and was named ‘Ark Royal’ in 1978,

Withdrawn in 1990, 50 035 was purchased by the 50 Fund. Based on the Severn Valley Railway, it is now owned by the ‘Class 50 Alliance’, an amalgamation between the 50 Fund and Project Defiance. The group now owns 4 members of the class.

50 035 was the first Class 50 to be preserved and the Class is also celebrating their 50th Anniversary this year. This is the locomotives first visit to the Railway and will feature on Saurday 30th June and Sunday 1st July as part of our 50th Anniversary Mixed traffic and Diesel Days.


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.

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.

Locomotive Change for Autumn Steam Spectacular

In past years such headlines would mean unavailability of 0ne or even two locomotives – but not this year!


We are delighted to announce that the Railway’s ‘Black 5’ 45212 undertook a successful test yesterday and, as a result, is added to the roster for the Autumn Steam Spectacular, taking the place of MR 4F 0-6-0 43924 on some of the turns which will also act as standby for the event. Steaming Around Yorkshire were on hand to record the test and the preparations that our volunteers and staff have been doing to get ready for the Gala.

ex-LMS ‘Black 5’ 45212 Arrives Home

After a long and protracted restoration to mainline condition, ex-LMS Class 5MT 4-6-0 45212 has returned, albeit for a very limited period, to the KWVR for final painting and running-in prior to returning to Ian Riley’s at Bury for any remedial work and final preparation for returning to the mainline.


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45212 Returns

Having missed the Winter Steam Gala due to its overrunning overhaul at Ian Riley’s at Bury, we are delighted to announce that LMS Class 5 4-6-0 45212 will shortly be arriving back at the Railway for a short period of operation on the branch as part of its running-in following completion of its return to mainline condition. This return has been facilitated by the lifting of the bridge ban on the movement of locomotives by road to and from Ingrow West.

On arrival 45212 will be kept at Haworth and the dates for its operation later this month will be announced nearer the time. Watch this space for future announcements!



2016 Winter Steam Gala Update

Being held over the weekend of 26th – 28th February up dated information is now available on the main KWVR website.

As previously announced the Gala should feature the return to the KWVR of LMS, class 5MT 4-6-0 45212, now nearing the end of its overhaul at Ian Riley Engineering at Bury, the Railway. The boiler has now gone back into the frames and the locomotive may still attend the Gala although, even if complete, mainline clearance may not be obtained in time for it to attend. In the event that 45212 is not completed in time, Ian Riley will be sending either of his mainline ‘Black 5’s’ 44871 or 45407 (seen here in tandem on the Settle & Carlisle Railway, 23/01/2016) , with the former currently in the frame.


Further announcements will be made in due course, so keep tuned in to our website for further news of the Winter Steam Gala

2016 Winter Steam Gala Update

Being held over the weekend of 26th – 28th February up dated information is now available on the main KWVR website.

As advised, in addition to current operating locomotives from the home fleet, the Gala will feature:
The North Eastern Locomotive Preservation Group’s LNER Peppercorn K1 2-6-0 62005 in this the 50th Anniversary year of NELPG.
Returning to the KWVR, LMS, class 5MT 4-6-0 45212, now nearing the end of its overhaul at Ian Riley Engineering at Bury, the Railway
Taff Vale Railway 0-6-2 tank no.85 (fully lined out in TVR livery for the first time in preservation)

Unfortunately due to maintenance requirements on WD 2-8-0 90733, the locomotive will not now participate as originally advertised.

Further announcements will be made in due course, so keep tuned in to our website for further news of the Winter Steam Gala

2016 Winter Steam Gala Update

Following a series of difficulties prior to the Autumn Steam Spectacular which resulted in there being no visiting locomotives, the organisers are beavering away to ensure that the first KWVR Gala of the year, does not suffer the same fate.

Being held over the weekend of 26th – 28th February, other than the regular home fleet, which will include for the first time since overhaul, Taff Vale Railway 0-6-2 tank no.85, the Railway is delighted to announce that another ‘home’ locomotive will be making its debut following overhaul, with the return to steam (and the Worth Valley) of LMS, class 5MT 4-6-0 45212, now nearing the end of its overhaul at Ian Riley Engineering at Bury.

45212 is being returned to mainline running by Ian Riley, and subject to completion of the overhaul, will arrive on the Railway via our mainline connection at Keighley.

Further announcements will be made in due course, so keep tuned in to our website for further news of the Winter Steam Gala

LMS Class 5MT 4-6-0 45212 progress at Ian Riley Engineering

Since leaving the Railway in 2013 under an agreement with Ian Riley Engineering to return this Worth Valley locomotive to the mainline, overhaul has proceeded at pace. Over the last few weeks, Heritage Painting, whose more illustrious locomotive contracts include A4s Mallard and Dwight D. Eisenhower, have been working on 45212.  All of the frames have been degreased, stripped and painted with numerous coats of paint before attention has turned to cylinder cladding, valances, tender and buffer beam. Continue reading