Mince Pie Specials in Pictures

Just as much a feature of Christmas as the Santa Specials, the Mince Pie Specials, that run everyday from Boxing Day until after New Year, have become a popular feature of the Worth Valley scene.
This year two locomotives shared the duties, the railways own 43924 and visiting ‘Black 5’ 45305, undertaking its last duties before leaving the Railway.

Here is a small sample of the images we have received. Click HERE to see more on our Flickr page.

 

Locomotive Roster for the Festive Period

With the last Santa Specials due to run on Christmas Eve and Mince Pie Specials starting on Boxing Day, the Railway will be using two locomotives over the period. 5305LA’s LMS 5MT 4-6-0 45305 and MR 4F 0-6-0 43924. The current schedule of running is as follows:

Christmas Eve – 45305
December 26th – 45305
December 27th – 45305
December 28th – 45305
December 29th – 43924
December 30th – 43924
December 31st – 43924

January 1st – 43924
January 2nd – 43924
January 3rd – 45305
January 4th – 45305

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.

3 Locomotives Rostered for Santa Specials

For the first weekend of the Santa service USATC S160  2-8-0 5820 was scheduled to head the service but 43924 deputised on Saturday, resulting in a Derby product at each end as Class 25 25 059 was on the north end for the run down to Keighley. However 5820 was at the head on Sunday.

The schedule for the rest of the weekends up to Christmas is

Saturday 6th & Sunday 7th December LMS Class 5MT 4-6-0 45305
Saturday 13th & Sunday 14th December SR West Country Pacific 34092 ‘Wells’
Saturday 20th & Sunday 21st December LMS Class 5MT 4-6-0 45305

Standby on all 4 weekends of Santa Specials is MR 4F 0-6-0 43924

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.

2014 Autumn Steam Spectacular – Photos & Video

The Railway was blessed by good weather throughout the Autumn Steam Spectacular over the weekend of the 10th – 13th October. The result was a bonanza of excellent photographs and videos.

Here is a selection of the photographs submitted by regular contributors  Neil Harvey, Inspiring Images, Sam Shenton, Robin Lush, Ian Dixon and Colin Smith. Below is a taster of the weekend, click HERE to see the full photo album on Flickr.

Once again the event produced some excellent videos. Our regular contributor Kenneth Baker produced this short taster. Click HERE to see the full version of  Part 1, HERE for an atmospheric Part 2 and Part 3 HERE.

Featured image: Sam Shenton

 

Roster change for Saturday & Sunday

We are sorry to advise visitors to the Autumn Steam Spectacular that LMS 5MT 4-6-0 45305 was failed this morning prior to it taking up its duties today.

Its turns on the roster will be taken by USATC S160 2-8-0 5820, Saturday, and WD 90733, Sunday.

We apologise for this change, but have no choice but to withdraw the locomotive from service this weekend.

Glorious Steam action on First Day of the ‘Spectacular’

In glorious Autumn sunshine, the Autumn Steam Spectacular got off to a great start as this selection of photos from the morning session clearly illustrates. Later in the day a darkened sky gives dramatic effect as the sun ‘sinks slowly in the west’.

A comprehensive look back at the event with photos from all our contributors will appear later in the week when all the photos have been received. In the meantime, if this selection has wetted your appetite, then make the trip over either Saturday or Sunday for more exciting action.

Featured image & morning photos: Robin Lush. Afternoon photos: Ralph Berry

Locomotive Roster Autumn Steam Spectacular 10th – 12th October

The line-up for the 3 days is as announced earlier.

West Country Pacific 34092 ‘City of Wells’
Midland Railway 4F 0-6-0 43924
LMS ‘Black 5’ 4-6-0 45305
WD 2-8-0  90733
USATC 2-8-0 5820
LNWR o-6-2T ‘Coal Tank’ 1054
0-6-0T 1704 ‘Nunlow’

All locomotives will operate everyday, except 5820 which is not rostered for action on Friday .

For the working timetable click HERE and for the timetabled passenger service, 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 Weekend 27th & 28th September

It is back to full line action this weekend after the Bridge 17 severance. Back from its trip to the seaside at Sheringham, 5305LA‘s ‘Black 5’ 45305 will be on duty on both days being joined by WD 2-8-0 90733 on Sunday. This weekend will see the Green timetable on Saturday and the Blue Timetable on Sunday in use on both days. Click HERE for our timetable calendar

Featured image: News@KWVR

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.

Autumn Steam Spectacular – Photo Event

Enthusiast Photo Events

As in past years the Railway will be holding a photographic event for enthusiasts where cameos will be performed involving engines selected from the Railway’s pool of available locomotives. Continue reading

45305 departs for North Norfolk Gala

45305-140828-DSHaving missed out on mainline operations due to the steam ban imposed by Network railway, 45305 belatedly left the Railway on Wednesday to take part in the North Norfolk Gala over this weekend. The locomotive is then, belatedly, going to Crewe for mainline duties on the North Wales coast.

There is no firm date for its return but, 45305 will be back for the Autumn Steam Spectacular in October.

Featured image: Paul Livsey. Photo: David Smith

 

Video

Video – Bank Holiday ‘City of Wells’ & 45305

We are delighted to preview this excellent short video by SAY Film Productions of 34092 on the main service train and 45305 on ‘The Yorkshire Pullman’

Other images from the weekend can be seen opposite in the Gallery ‘Look Back at the August Bank Holiday’

Featured image: Robin Lush

October Events – Steam Spectacular

It is going to be a busy month on the Railway in October with three major events on the calendar. First up is the Autumn Steam Spectacular from the 10th to 12th October

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Continue reading

Locomotive Roster for Mid-week 18th – 22nd August and Weekend 23rd & 25th August

After the excitement of last weekend, MR 4F 0-6-0 43924 returns to haul the mid-week steam service.

Crowds should be back in force again over the Bank Holiday weekend when West Country Pacific 34092 ‘City of Wells’ will be in action over the three day holiday to be joined by LMS 5MT 4-6-0 45305 on Sunday and Monday. Saturday will be  the Green timetable and Sunday & Monday, the Blue timetable service.

Featured image: Neil Harvey

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.

Video

It’s not always sunny in the Worth Valley

This site relies heavily on contributions from within the Railway and from members of the public and Society members. Thanks to the enthusiasm from within and outside we have been able to display many excellent images and show numerous videos of activities in and around the Railway.

In never ceases to amaze us the lengths that supporters of the Railway will go to, to bring us those everyday and special activities that abound on the Railway.

Landing in the in-box this week is another of the excellent videos that Kenneth Baker produces, but what makes this one special is that Ken, along with his little companion, Penny, shot this video in the most appalling conditions on a stormy day when the heavens decided to deposit its contents on the Worth Valley. What such weather does bring however, is very evocative footage as the trains struggle in wet and difficult conditions and we are very appreciative of the lengths that he has gone to do it. Ken’s little black dog, Penny, however was not available to give her comments on the day, although if she could talk, it may well be unprintable.

Locomotive Roster for Mid-week 11th – 15th August and Weekend 16th & 17th August

For the weekday service, MR 4F 0-6-0 43924 returns to haul the steam service which, for a trial period, has been expanded (see separate Post)

At the moment the roster for the weekend is provisional pending completion of ongoing remedial work. Currently it is anticipated that for the second weekend, LMS 5MT 4-6-0 45305 will operate the Saturday Green steam service and the main Sunday Blue timetable service.

1054-130623'2_IIThis Sunday sees the last of the Vintage Trains for this summer season, when National Trust locomotive, LNWR 0-6-2 ‘Coal Tank’ no. 1054, will again to be at the head of the Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway’s Trust‘s restored historical carriages.

Featured image: Ian Dixon. Photo: inspiring images

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.

‘Black 5’ 45305 takes unscheduled turn

Having been due to leave the Railway on the 25th July to take up duties on the North Wales coast from Liverpool to Holyhead, 5305 Locomotive Association’s LMS 5MT, 45305, remained at Haworth and did not leave for Crewe as planned. In the event, it was not required for mainline duties from Crewe owing to the disruption caused to the summer steam programme by the dry weather and the ongoing firefighters’ strike.

Accordingly, with no immediate plans for mainline work, the Railway took the opportunity to use 45305 on the weekend services, the 4-6-0 replacing the advertised WD 2-8-0 90733.

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Photos: Featured and bottom right, Richard Beckett; Others, Kenneth Baker

45305’s first day back in service

Having been sidelined after the Santa season last year, ‘Black 5, 45305 returned to action today but its return was marred by constant rain throughout the day. As reported the locomotive had its mainline certification test during the week and this was duly passed with a view to it leaving the Railway on Friday next, ready for its summer season on the ‘big railway’.

This weekend sees the engine working on both days, which will be its last work on the KWVR before returning later in the year. 45305 sounded in good fettle with a good start out of Keighley and saturated rail caused little slip with excellent handling from the engine crew.

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Locomotive Roster for Mid-week 15th – 18th July and Weekend 19th & 20th July

90733-140517_1-KBThis week sees WD 2-8-0 90733 on the Tuesday – Friday Pink timetable. However the home fleet takes a rest on Saturday and Sunday when, advised LMS 5MT 4-6-0 45305 operates the Saturday Green steam service and the main Sunday Blue timetable service.

1054-130623_IIThis Sunday is another Vintage Trains day, when National Trust locomotive, LNWR 0-6-2 ‘Coal Tank’ no. 1054, will leave its Bahamas Locomotive Society base at Ingrow West to be at the head of the Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway’s Trust‘s restored historical carriages.

Featured image: inspiring images. Photos: top, Kenneth Baker; bottom, inspiring images

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.