Locomotive Roster for the Weekend 15th & 16th December 2018

Santa Steam Specials are running to capacity, and despite the poor weather conditions we have seen lots and lots of happy faces. This weekend has the possibility of some snow showers and if that combines with clear blue skies, you have the picture postcard Santa Specials.

This weekend, as with all Santa Steam Specials, trains will have a combination of locomotives, with steam locomotives operating on the south, Oxenhope end of the train, assisted by one of our mainline diesel locomotives at the Keighley end. Once again steam motive power will be provided by 2 locomotives. On Saturday, taking its first tour of Santa duty this year, will be MR 4F 0-6-0 43924 and on Sunday BR Class 2 2-6-0 78022 will have the honours.  Both locomotives will be in steam, with the non-operation locomotive, on standby in Haworth yard.

This weekend the diesel locomotive will be Class 20, 20 031 on both days.

For visitors without a Santa Steam Special ticket wishing to travel along the Worth Valley, a diesel railcar service operates throughout the day by our Class 101 diesel multiple unit, starting at 09.00, giving passengers a new perspective through the forward facing windows on our diesel railcars. This service is free of charge to Santa Special ticket holders.

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 8th & 9th December 2018

The first Santa Steam Specials ran to capacity last weekend albeit in poor weather conditions but there were lots of smiling faces nonetheless. Hopefully this weekend will be a little better although some rain (hopefully not s much) is forecast

Throughout the Santa season, trains will have a combination of locomotives, with steam locomotives operating on the south, Oxenhope end of the train, assisted by one of our mainline diesel locomotives at the Keighley end. Steam motive power for the Santa Steam Specials will be provided by 2 locomotives, BR Class 2 2-6-0 78022 on Saturday (its 2nd day in passenger service after overhaul) and BR Ivatt 2-6-2T 41241, that hauled trains throughout last weekend, on Sunday.  This weekend the diesel locomotive will be Class 20, 20 031 on both days.

For visitors without a Santa Steam Special ticket wishing to travel along the Worth Valley, a diesel railcar service operates throughout the day by our Class 101 diesel multiple unit, starting at 09.00, giving passengers a new perspective through the forward facing windows on our diesel railcars.

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 1st & 2nd December 2018

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.

Throughout the Santa season, trains will have a combination of locomotives, with steam locomotives operating on the south, Oxenhope end of the train, assisted by one of our mainline diesel locomotives at the Keighley end. Steam motive power will be provided by BR Ivatt 2-6-2T 41241, resplendent in its festive Crimson Lake open day livery. 41241 is seen below in BR black livery, when working a Santa Steam Special on a festive snowy 27th November 2010. This weekend the diesel locomotive will be Class 20, 20 031 on both days.

On standby this weekend will be BR Class 2 2-6-0 78022, seen below on its triumphant return to service last Saturday, 24th November.

Passengers without Santa tickets can travel on the diesel railcar service, buying a ticket at the station booking halls but those travelling on the Santa Steam Special can extend their enjoyment of the Railway free of charge by taking an additional ride in the railcar. The diesel service will be in the hands of the Class 101 diesel multiple unit.

To view or download the diesel railcar timetables in operation this weekend, please 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 the Weekend 24th & 25th November 2018

For this, the last weekend of ‘normal’ timetabled running before Santa Steam Specials hit the Valley, we have delayed publishing the locomotive roster for this weekend pending the announcement regarding the availability of a new locomotive on the scene. Not having been in action for 17 years since withdrawal for overhaul, we are delighted to announce that our locomotive restoration team have advised us that Standard 4 Locomotive Society’s BR Standard Class  2 2-6-0 78022 will be hauling its inaugural passenger journey tomorrow (Saturday 24th November). Although not a livery carried in service with BR, 78022 looks resplendent in BR Brunswick Green, a livery normally carried, but not exclusively, by top link express locomotives.

At the time of publishing, it is likely that 78022 will not be in action on Sunday and Ivatt 2-6-2T 41241 will haul operate the steam service.

Diesel services over the weekend will be in the hands of our Class 101 DMU which starts proceedings on Saturday at 09.00 from Oxenhope.

The Winter Green timetable operates on Saturday and the Blue Winter timetable on Sunday.

Whilst every effort will made to ensure that the advised motive power and coaching stock are available, the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway reserve the right to change this when operational circumstances so dictate.

Boiler activities – 78022 taken out, 85 put in!

With the Standard 4 Locomotive Preservation Society’s BR Standard 4 4-6-0 75078 now in service, just requiring routine maintenance and lining out, attention have now been turned to their second locomotive 78022, BR Standard 2MT 2-6-0.

Brian France reports that on 11th March, 78022 came out into the open and, as his photographs show, the boiler was lifted from the frames for a detailed inspection to take place to determine the amount of work required to return this popular engine to full working order.

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As reported previously the boiler for Taff Vale O2 0-6-2T 85 passed its boiler test and, with the crane already in attendance, the opportunity was taken to lift its boiler back into the frames, bringing the engine another step closer to returning to traffic.

Featured image: Robin Lush

Comings and goings in Haworth Loco

Following the shuffle of stock between Haworth and Oxenhope reported earlier and the arrival of the boiler of 75078 from Crewe, things look a little different inside Haworth Locomotive Works. And yesterday they changed again as GWR pannier tank 5775 left for a holiday and spruce-up in the North East. Seen in the shed a week ago are 75078 now looking more like a complete locomotive and 78022 whose condition looks as if it could steam immediately but awaits assessment of the work needed to bring it back into steam.

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All Change in Oxenhope Locomotive Shed

In April it was announced that GWR Pannier tank 5775 was leaving the Railway for a holiday at the NRM outstation at Shildon where it will be cosmetically restored to its Railway Children’s livery as a locomotive from the fictitious Great Northern and Southern Railway. It will remain there but will return in time for the 45th anniversary of the film’s making.

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GWR Pannier 0-6-0T 5775 to go on display at Shildon

5775Having languished at Oxenhope Exhibition shed since withdrawal, GWR 0-6-0PT no. 5775 is to visit Locomotion. the NRM outreach station at Shildon. This will be for a period of ten months during which time it will be ‘cosmetically restored’ (repainted) into the fully lined railway children livery. It is due to leave the Railway mid-May but will return to home in time for the 45th anniversary of the railway children in 2015.

Oxenhope exhibition shed is also going to have a reshuffle. 5775 will be extracted next week, along with BR 2MT 2-6-0 no. 78022 which will move to Haworth. Taking their place at Oxenhope will be BR 4MT 2-6-4T no. 80002 & L&Y 2F 0-6-0 no. 957 both of which will go on display in the shed in their place.