50th Anniversary DVD

For the glorious sunny days from the 24th June to the 1st July, the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway celebrated in style with the most spectacular Gala the Railway has ever brought to the public.

The 8-day long Gala featured several different events with 9 steam locomotives and 9 diesel locomotives operating on various days, allowing each day to celebrate a different piece of history and achievement of our pioneering Railway.

Running for over 100 minutes, this DVD, brought to you by the renowned railway video team at Steaming Around Yorkshire, is an all action packed tribute to the spectacle the Railway volunteers were proud to bring to this beautiful valley in West Yorkshire.

Here’s a short taster

Priced at £12.95, the video is available from the station shops, order by email shop@kwvr.co.uk or call 01535 640464.

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

Visitors

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

Visitors

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

‘Royal Scot’ Driver Experience Day

The KWVR offers you the rare opportunity to drive one of the world’s true Icons of Steam – 46100 ‘Royal Scot’ on the famous Keighley and Worth Valley Railway. Experience the thrill of being in control of an Express Passenger locomotive on the country’s only complete heritage branch line.

A one off special offer during our 50th Anniversary celebration gala. On the evening of Thursday 28th June 2018, ‘Royal Scot’ will be available for THREE participants to drive one round trip of the Worth Valley branch, hauling the Bahamas Locomotive Society’s Queen Mary brake van.

We apologise for the incorrect link. For full details of this amazing opportunity, visit the KWVR Website, to follow the correct link, click HERE>>>

‘Royal Scot’ Driver Experience Day

The KWVR offers you the rare opportunity to drive one of the world’s true Icons of Steam – 46100 ‘Royal Scot’ on the famous Keighley and Worth Valley Railway. Experience the thrill of being in control of an Express Passenger locomotive on the country’s only complete heritage branch line.

A one off special offer during our 50th Anniversary celebration gala. On the evening of Thursday 28th June 2018, ‘Royal Scot’ will be available for THREE participants to drive one round trip of the Worth Valley branch, hauling the Bahamas Locomotive Society’s Queen Mary brake van.

For full details of this amazing opportunity, visit the KWVR Website, just click HERE>>>

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.

 

Mixed Traffic and Diesel Days for 50th Anniversary Celebrations

Saturday 30th June

The Railway has never just been about steam locomotives. In the late 1950s even before the Railway was closed, class 108 Diesel Multiple Units were often seen on the line. The Railway is also proud to host many ex shunting locomotives, as well as prototype D0226 and class 20, 25 and 37 diesels alongside our impressive collection of steam locomotives.This day will feature both steam and diesel trains and should be something for everyone with some late evening running and an early start!

Sunday 1st July

Just as day turns to night, steam on BR made rapid switch to diesel power. The KWVR was one of the first Heritage Railways to host a ‘Modern Traction’ Event – which then became ‘Diesel Galas’.

In 1988 the first ever event featured class 55 Deltics and Hydraulic locomotives, in the shape of a class 35 Hymek and 52 Western. Our plan is to recreate some of those type of locomotives that ran in 1988.

Class 55 ‘Deltic’ no. 55 019 ‘Royal Highland Fusilier’

We are delighted to announce that the Deltic Preservation Society’s Class 55 ‘Deltic’ 55 019 ‘Royal Highland Fusilier” will be in visiting the Railway over the weekend and will operate some trains on both June 30th and July 1st.

As well as being our 50th Anniversary, 2018 marks 30 years since the KWVR held its first diesel gala. In 1988, we also had a ‘Deltic presence in the form of 55 015 ‘Tulyar’ and 55 016 ‘Gordon Highlander’.

2018 is such a big year for us. Keep an eye on our Facebook page and Website for more announcements over the coming week.