Locomotive Roster for Weekend 17th & 18th September and Wednesday 21st September 2016

The Civil Gang are busy ripping up Oakworth level crossing and putting it all back together again with a new surface, after years of taking a pounding from traffic up and down Station Road. These 4 images show progress up to Wednesday afternoon.

With the level crossing back in action for the weekend, the Railway returns to the Green and Blue timetables on Saturday and Sunday respectively. Over the 2 days, BR 4MT 75078 will be at the head of the main service being joined on Sunday by Taff Vale Railway 0-6-2T no. 85.

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The Class 101 DMU will operate the Saturday morning diesel service but on Sunday, English Electric 0-6-0 D0226 will be at the head of the early morning service.

Mid-week sees the return of the Wednesday diesel railbus service when either the Class 101 will operate or the diesel railbus M79964.

For the timetables in operation this weekend, please click HERE to visit the timetable page.

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.

Locomotive Roster for Weekend 20th & 21st August and all next week to Friday 26th August 2016

BR 4MT 4-6-0 75078 has worked throughout this week and will be relieved for the weekend services by WD 2-8-0 90733 which in turn will give way on Monday when MR 4F 0-6-0 43924 takes over and heads the weekday steam service.

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This weekend is the last chance for 2016 to ride on board Vintage Train services when our more venerable locomotives and rolling stock are allowed to stretch their legs on the main line. Once again the line-up will be:

TVR 0-6-2T no. 85 will head the ‘main’ Vintage Set which will be formed of four coaches, comprising coaches from the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Trust and Vintage Carriages Trust:
Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Club Car, no. 47
Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway 6-wheel 3rd Class coach, no. 1507
Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Brake 3rd, no. 1474
Metropolitan Railway Brake 3rd, no. 427

The ‘shuttle’ Vintage Set hauled by Hudswell Clarke 0-6-0T 1704 ‘Nunlow’ will once again consist of two carriages from the Vintage Carriages Trust fleet:
Great Northern Railway 6-wheel Brake, no. 589
Southern Railway ‘Chatham’ Brake, no. 3554

The Class 101 DMU will operate the Saturday and Sunday morning diesel service.

For the timetables in operation this weekend, please click HERE to visit the timetable page.

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.

Locomotive Roster for Weekend 6th & 7th August and all next week to Friday 12th August 2016

WD 2-8-0 90733 has worked throughout this week and continues throughout the weekend only to be relieved of its duties on Monday when MR 4F 0-6-0 43924 takes over and heads the weekday steam service.

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This weekend sees the penultimate Vintage Train Sunday when our more venerable locomotives and rolling stock are allowed to stretch their legs on the main line. Once again the line-up will be:

TVR 0-6-2T no. 85 will head the ‘main’ Vintage Set which will be formed of four coaches, comprising coaches from the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Trust and Vintage Carriages Trust:
Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Club Car, no. 47
Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway 6-wheel 3rd Class coach, no. 1507
Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Brake 3rd, no. 1474
Metropolitan Railway Brake 3rd, no. 427

The ‘shuttle’ Vintage Set hauled by LNWR 0-6-2T ‘Coal Tank’ will once again consist of two carriages from the Vintage Carriages Trust fleet:
Great Northern Railway 6-wheel Brake, no. 589
Southern Railway ‘Chatham’ Brake, no. 3554

The Class 101 DMU will operate the Saturday and Sunday morning diesel service.

For the timetables in operation this weekend, please click HERE to visit the timetable page.

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.

Locomotive Roster Correction

The post regarding this weekend’s locomotive roster was a little confusing. This is the anticipated roster:

Saturday
Class 37 no. 37 075
MR 4F 0-6-0 no. 43924

Sunday
Class 101 DMU
MR 4F 0-6-0 no. 43924
TVR 0-6-2T no. 85
LNWR 0-6-2T ‘Coal Tank’ no. 1054

We trust that the original post did not cause too much confusion or inconvenience.

Locomotive Roster for Weekend 30th & 31st July and all next week to Friday 5th August 2016

This weekend is the 5th of our series of Vintage Train Sundays when our more venerable locomotives and rolling stock are allowed to stretch their legs on the main line.

TVR 0-6-2T no. 85 will head the ‘main’ Vintage Set which will be formed of four coaches, comprising coaches from the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Trust and Vintage Carriages Trust:
Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Club Car, no. 47
Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway 6-wheel 3rd Class coach, no. 1507
Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Brake 3rd, no. 1474
Metropolitan Railway Brake 3rd, no. 427

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The ‘shuttle’ Vintage Set hauled by LNWR 0-6-2T ‘Coal Tank’ will once again consist of two carriages from the Vintage Carriages Trust fleet:
Great Northern Railway 6-wheel Brake, no. 589
Southern Railway ‘Chatham’ Brake, no. 3554

75078 has been in operation throughout the week but gives way to MR 4F 0-6-0 43924 to head the main timetable services throughout the weekend, with WD 2-8-0 90733 taking over for the weekday service.

As it is the last Saturday of the month, we will be operating a two train service all day with the relief train in the hands of one of our ‘big’ diesels. This Saturday English Electric Class 37 no. 37 075 will take a 4 coach set throughout the day. The Class 101 DMU will operate the Sunday morning diesel service.

For the timetables in operation this weekend, please click HERE to visit the timetable page.

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.

Locomotive Roster for Weekend 16th & 17th July and all next week to Friday 22nd July 2016

This weekend is the 4th of our series of Vintage Train Sundays when our more venerable locomotives and rolling stock are allowed to stretch their legs on the main line.

TVR 0-6-2T no. 85 will head the ‘main’ Vintage Set which will be formed of four coaches, comprising coaches from the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Trust and Vintage Carriages Trust:
Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Club Car, no. 47
Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway 6-wheel 3rd Class coach, no. 1507
Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Brake 3rd, no. 1474
Metropolitan Railway Brake 3rd, no. 427

The ‘shuttle’ Vintage Set hauled by LNWR 0-6-2T ‘Coal Tank’ will once again consist of two carriages from the Vintage Carriages Trust fleet:
Great Northern Railway 6-wheel Brake, no. 589
Southern Railway ‘Chatham’ Brake, no. 3554

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BR Class 4MT 4-6-0 75078 will head the main timetable services throughout the weekend, with the weekday service in the hands of MR 4F 0-6-0 43924.

The normal early morning diesel railbus is rested on Saturday and English Electric Class 20 no. 20 031 will take a locomotive hauled set on the morning diesel run before handing over to 75078. The Class 101 DMU will operate the Sunday morning diesel service.

For the timetables in operation this weekend, please click HERE to visit the timetable page.

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.

Locomotive Roster for Weekend 2nd & 3rd July and all next week to Friday 8th July 2016

After the withdrawal from service of BR Class 4MT 4-6-0 75078 at the weekend, the weekday service has been in the hands of MR 4F 0-6-0 43924.

However, it is anticipated that repairs will be completed in time for 75078 to resume duties on 1st July and will be the main steam locomotive Saturday and Sunday and throughout the week.

Sunday sees the third of our ‘Vintage Train’ days when TVR 0-6-2T no. 85 will head the ‘main’ Vintage Set which will be formed of four coaches, comprising coaches from the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Trust and Vintage Carriages Trust:
Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Club Car, no. 47
Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway 6-wheel 3rd Class coach, no. 1507
Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Brake 3rd, no. 1474
Metropolitan Railway Brake 3rd, no. 427

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The ‘shuttle’ Vintage Set hauled by LNWR 0-6-2T ‘Coal Tank’ will once again consist of two carriages from the Vintage Carriages Trust fleet:
Great Northern Railway 6-wheel Brake, no. 589
Southern Railway ‘Chatham’ Brake, no. 3554

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The normal early morning diesel railbus is rested on Saturday and English Electric Class 20 no. 20 031 will take the service set on the morning diesel run before handing over to 75078. The Class 101 DMU will operate the Sunday morning diesel service.

For the timetables in operation this weekend, please click HERE to visit the timetable page.

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.

Locomotive Roster for Weekend 18th & 19th June and all next week to Friday 24th June 2016

The weekday service has been in the hands of MR 4F 0-6-0 43924.  43924 steps down for the weekend with WD 2-8-0 90733 to take charge of all steam services Saturday through to Friday. The morning diesel service will be provided by the Class 101 diesel multiple unit.

On Saturday we have a special timetable with our two Class 08 diesel shunters taking a rare turn on passenger duties. See our Class 08 Celebration event page for more details.

This weekend also features the second outing of the year of the Vintage Train on Sunday, supplemented once again by a vintage Keighley – Ingrow West shuttle. TVR 0-6-2T no. 85 will haul the full line service with LNWR 0-6-2T ‘Coal Tank’ 1054 on the shuttles.

The ‘main’ Vintage Set will be formed of four coaches, comprising coaches from the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Trust and Vintage Carriages Trust:
Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Club Car, no. 47
Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway 6-wheel 3rd Class coach, no. 1507
Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Brake 3rd, no. 1474
Metropolitan Railway Brake 3rd, no. 427

The ‘shuttle’ Vintage Set will consist of two carriages from the Vintage Carriages Trust fleet:
Great Northern Railway 6-wheel Brake, no. 589
Southern Railway ‘Chatham’ Brake, no. 3554

For the timetables in operation this weekend, please click HERE to visit the timetable page.

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.

Locomotive Roster for Weekend 4th & 5th June and all next week to Friday 10th June 2016

Having worked the weekday service of half-term, the main service train this weekend will once again be in the hands of MR 4F 0-6-0 43924 and the diesel service will be provided by the Class 101 diesel multiple unit.

However providing the main interest this weekend will be the first outing of the year of the Vintage Train on Sunday, supplemented, new for 2016, by a vintage Keighley – Ingrow West shuttle. TVR 0-6-2T no. 85 will haul the full line service with Hudswell Clarke 0-6-0T no. 1704 ‘Nunlow’ on the shuttles. For full details of the locomotives and coaches in use this weekend, please see the separate news item “Vintage Trains Sunday 5th June 2016“.

For the Monday – Friday weekday service, which now operates every week through to September, TVR 0-6-2T no. 85 will be hauling trains up the Valley on all 5 days.

For the timetables in operation this weekend, please click HERE to visit the timetable page.

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.

Vintage Trains Sunday 5th June 2016

Our popular Vintage Train Sundays – which operate on seven dates this year – start this Sunday, 5th June and will have a slightly different ‘look’ in 2016!

In order to create added interest this year, in addition to the standard 2-train service (with one set being formed of vintage stock), there are a series of additional Keighley-Ingrow shuttles in the main part of the day. Coaching stock will be drawn from coaches belonging to our partners the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Trust and Vintage Carriages Trust

The ‘main’ Vintage Set will be formed of four coaches, comprising:
Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Club Car, no. 47
Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway 6-wheel 3rd Class coach, no. 1507
Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Brake 3rd, no. 1474
Metropolitan Railway Brake 3rd, no. 427

The Taff Vale Railway 0-6-2T no 85 is the rostered loco for these services throughout the summer

The ‘shuttle’ Vintage Set will consist of two carriages from the Vintage Carriages Trust fleet:
Great Northern Railway 6-wheel Brake, no. 589
Southern Railway ‘Chatham’ Brake, no. 3554

The shuttles will be worked by Bahamas Locomotive Society locomotives, either Hudswell Clarke 0-6-0T side tank no. 1704 ‘Nunlow’ or LNWR 0-6-2T ‘Coal Tank’ no. 1054. ‘Nunlow’ is the rostered locomotive for the first Sunday of this new venture.

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

Locomotive Roster for 7th & 8th May 2016 – Correction

We endeavour to be as accurate as possible with our locomotive roster announcements but we must apologise for the confusion created by incorrect information being posted regarding services this weekend. On Sunday, firstly we have a 2 steam hauled train service and the early morning diesel service will be loco-hauled. This weekend promises something for both steam and diesel enthusiasts ignored by our previous post.

Having shared the steam turns with 90733 over the May Bank Holiday, BR 4MT 4-6-0 75078 will head the steam service on Saturday and on Sunday will be at the head of the corridor Mark 1 train, complete with real ale buffet car.

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On Sunday the general public and enthusiasts alike can relive the days when a small tank locomotive would amble through the countryside at the head of 2 or 3 suburban coaches when Taff Vale Railway 0-6-2T no. 85 will make its weekend service debut, heading the second train comprising of just 3 suburban coaches. Starting at Oxenhope at 11.45, there will be 4 round trips to Keighley.

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The weekend also gives diesel enthusiasts the rare opportunity to travel behind prototype English Electric 0-6-0 diesel locomotive D0226, which, on Sunday, will be at the head of the main service set in place of the usual diesel railcar service, commencing from Oxenhope at 09.00. There will be two round trips with D0226 before the locomotive hands over to 75078 for the 11.00 departure

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On Saturday the diesel service is in the hands of the Class 101 railcar.

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For the timetables in operation this weekend, please click HERE to visit the timetable page.

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.

Correction – Locomotive Roster for Saturday 2nd April

There is an alteration to the steam locomotive rostered for Saturday 2nd April. BR Standard 4MT 4-6-0 75078 will continue throughout the week and will now give way to MR 4F 0-6-0 43924 on Sunday 3rd and not as previously advised, on Saturday 2nd.

For the timetables in operation this weekend and throughout next week, please click HERE to visit the timetable page.

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 2nd & 3rd April and all next week to Friday 8th April 2016

Steam hauled passenger services continue every day over the Easter school holiday. Stalwart MR 4F 0-6-0 43924 will be at the head of all steam services from Saturday 2nd through to Wednesday 6th April. Diesel railbus M79964 will operate the diesel service on Saturday and Sunday.

The Pink timetable is in operation for the mid-week service with 43924 giving way to TVR O2 Class 0-6-2T no. 85 for Thursday 7th and Friday 8th on its long awaited return to active service at the head of its first timetables service trains since restoration to working order and painting into its magnificent lined TVR livery. We look forward to photographers being out in force and sending in contributions to mark the event.

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For the timetables in operation this weekend, please click HERE to visit the timetable page.

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.

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.

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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)
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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

2015 Autumn Steam Spectacular – Update

Due to unforeseen circumstances, it is with sadness that we are unable to welcome the planned visits of U Class 31806 and Rebuilt Battle Of Britain 34053 ‘Sir Keith Park’ to our Autumn Steam Gala. This is because of restrictions currently in place on road access to the Railway following difficulties with a previous move. We are working hard to source a visiting locomotive that can arrive by rail. The Railway will release further updates as soon as locomotive details and moves are confirmed.

We are grateful to all the efforts of the local authority to solve this problem with us, but it is unlikely to be in time for the October gala.

Locomotives from the Home fleet

• Taff Vale Railway O2 0-6-2T 85 returns to traffic
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• BR Standard 4MT 4-6-0 75078 in fully lined out British Railways livery
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• West Country Pacific 34092 ‘Wells’
• Midland 4F 0-6-0 43924
• WD 2-8-0 90733
• USATC S160 2-8-0 “Big Jim” No.5820
• LNWR ‘0-6-2’ Coal Tank 1054 – (Courtesy of Bahamas Loco society)
• Hudswell Clarke 0-6-0T 1704 Nunlow – (Courtesy of Bahamas Loco society)

Rolling Stock

Full BR corridor gangway set.
Full BR Maroon Suburban set (ex-Kings Cross) – unique to the KWVR
A Pullman style ‘Boat Train’ featuring our 1930s Pullman Cars ‘Ann’ & Mary’, plus coaches from the Vintage Carriages Trust
Demonstration Freight Trains

Trade Displays:

Groups from around the region will be displaying their varied layouts of different shapes and sizes.

Train Services:

The Railway will run intensively from 0830 most days into the early evening. Stations are gaslit during the evenings and give a night-time glow as your train rolls in.

Freight Trains:

A branch goods train will be in operation during the weekend and will be highlighted on the timetable for each day.

Express Trains:

Steam gala weekends offer a rare chance to fly through our intermediate stations at full speed of 25mph on our non-stop services.

Catering:

To start your day, Oxenhope buffet is opening especially early and will be serving bacon and sausage butties to get you off to a fine start to the day. So fill up your tenders and replenish your tanks with a good hearty roll and a hot drink to make sure your long day gets off to a good start.

That should keep you going until lunchtime when you can top up your reserves with some good honest Yorkshire pie and peas, washed down by hot drink or something from the on-board bar where hand pulled real ale will served all day.

Arriving at Keighley or no time to wait at Oxenhope, you can fill up with the usual light snacks from the kiosk but also on Saturday and Sunday we’ll be serving the hot butties and pie and peas there as well.

Enthusiast Photo Events

Detail to be announced

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

Successful Steam Test for TVR 85

Following the recent completion of the in house boiler repair, Taff Vale Railway 0-6-2T no. 85 has successfully completed an ‘out-of-the-frames’ steam test. The images taken on 19th & 20th February 2015 show the Thursday (left) and Friday (right) of a 3 day project, the boiler being taken to full working pressure of 160 psi on the Friday, after some minor remedial work first thing that morning. This is another step towards a full return to service later in the year, hopefully not too far away.

Behind, no. 85 is MR 4F 43924 which was also having a steam test following its routine wash-out. Unfortunately 43924, with maintenance required on the locomotive, will not be in action this weekend, see separate post.

Featured image: Neil Harvey. Photos: Left, Steve Harris. Right, Frank Richards

 

Taff Vale Railway Class O2 0-6-2T No. 85 restoration update

Whilst all the attention has been focused on the return to service of 5820, the pending re-launch of ‘City of Wells’  and the pending start on the overhaul of 41241, out of the limelight the progress being made on TVR no. 85 has gone on unnoticed and unreported. It is some time since we saw no. 85 out on the branch but the team in Haworth Locomotive works have not left this withdrawn engine rest for too long. With the smallest useful engine available being MR 4F 0-6-0 43924, the Railway has been bereft of a small but handy tank engine to take the more lightly loaded trains on quieter days. Since entering the shed the engine has been completely stripped down and a lot of work has been undertaken to return the locomotive to traffic, hopefully, later this year.

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