Locomotive Roster for Weekend 14th & 15th April and Mid-week 18th April 2018

USATC S160 2-8-0 5820 is back this weekend at the head of the steam service on Saturday and Sunday. Daily running over the Easter period has now come to an end so we see the return of our midweek diesel railcar service on Wednesday.

First train departs Oxenhope (diesel railcar) at 09.00 with 5820 operating from 11.00 and on Sunday, the first passenger service is steam hauled at 10.15, 5820 working a two train service with the diesel railcar.

With Spring now upon us (in theory at least) the railbus has been retired to Haworth Shed and the diesel service will be in the capable hands of our Class 101 diesel multiple unit which will also be on duty on the Wednesday railcar service. Seen as a “modern” form of rail travel, this class of diesel unit was itself introduced over 60 years ago.

Nunlow’s Nightcap

This Saturday sees the last day in service before overhaul of the Bahamas Locomotive Society’s, Hudswell Clark 0-6-0T no. 1704 ‘Nunlow’. Starting at 16.10 from Oxenhope, ‘Nunlow will be operating 3 round trips the full length of the branch before retiring to the BLS Loco Works at Ingrow West.

A special ale, Nunlow’s Nightcap’, has been brewed by Bridgehouse Brewery to mark the occasion and there will be live music from the popular cover band, ‘Wired’, between 18.20 and 19.00 on Platform 4 at Keighley. For all the information visit the Nunlow’s Nighcap page of the website.

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.

Photographers visiting the Railway to capture Nunlow’s last stand, will also have the bonus of 5820 operating the ‘Haworth ‘Haddock’.


Comings and Goings at Ingrow

November was a busy month at Ingrow as one arrival returned a Railway Children favourite in an incoming load and the same low loader took away another one. In a third movement, the Bahamas Locomotive Society (BLS) took another step forward in returning ex-LMS ‘Jubilee’ 5XP 4-6-0 45596 ‘Bahamas’ to working order.

Returning to the Railway from cosmetic restoration and display at the National Railway Museum, was the ex-GWR 0-6-0PT 5775 resplendent in its fictitious Great Northern and Southern Railway livery that it carried in the iconic 1970s film. Once the Santa season it past the locomotive will go back on display in Oxenhope Exhibition Shed.

Ironically passing 5775 on its way in, was North Eastern Railway Clerestory Inspection Saloon, no. 1661 leaving the Railway for specialist repairs to be carried out after its underframe sustained some serious damage whilst away from the KWVR on a previous occasion. (The coach can just be seen in the background as 5775 is unloaded)


Whilst the engine is away being restored at Tyseley Locomotive Works in Birmingham, the BLS team have been busy refurbishing the chassis and wheelsets of ‘Bahamas’ the tender. A little while ago, a complete new tender tank was delivered to Ingrow and last week the Society’s steam crane was fired up and lifted the new tank onto the chassis. The ensemble was then moved inside for work to continue. The intention is that the tender will be transported to Tyesley early in 2017 to join the rest of the locomotive.



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.

Duty Officer – Bahamas Locomotive Society Job Vacancy, 17 Feb. 2015

The Bahamas Locomotive Society is seeking applicants for the post of Duty Officer based at the Ingrow Loco Museum located adjacent to Ingrow West Station. This position is a fixed term contract to run from 30 March 2015 until 30 October 2015 providing 25 hours work per week on midweek days with standard hours being 10.30 hrs to 15.30 hours (5 hours).

By its very nature the role requires a wide ranging and flexible set of duties which will support the Museum and Educational activities of the BLS (Charity No. 259626).

Pay is £7.50 per hour.

Applicants wishing to apply for this position are recommended to click HERE for a comprehensive job specification including the range of potential duties and personal specification for potential candidates. Applications for the role should be emailed to John Hillier at jrh@johnhillier.co.uk or sent to him at The Farmhouse, West Farm, Barrowden, Oakham, Rutland. LE15 8EQ.

Applications should include details of two Referees who will be contacted should the applicant be selected for interview.

Applications must be received by the close of business on Friday 13th March 2015.

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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Keighley Filming – a triumph of teamwork

As many readers are aware the Railway played host to a major film company last week with Keighley station transformed to represent a major mainline station elsewhere in the country and the rolling stock adapted to represent the period of the film.

The Railway has rightly gained an enviable reputation for working closely with film and television programme makers to deliver their location and period requirements. Recent successes have included the BBC2 drama ‘Peaky Blinders’ and the first programme, ‘A Robber’s Tale’, in the BBC1 drama to mark the 50th Anniversary of the Great Train Robbery. To fulfil such filming contracts requires meticulous negotiations with the film makers and hours of dedicated planning by the Railway and its associated organisations. Continue reading

Bahamas Society Breakdown Riding & Tool Van Returns

Bahamas Coach under restorationHaving left Ingrow on the 28th August last year for external and partial internal restoration and overhaul at Rail Restorations North East Ltd. in Shildon, the Bahamas Locomotive Society’s Breakdown & Tolls Van has now returned to its Ingrow base. This ex-LMS corridor composite passenger coach is the centre of the new educational resource planned as part of the £3/4M Heritage Lottery Fund funded project to overhaul Jubilee Class, Bahamas.

The coach was converted in 1958 for use in breakdown trains, with one area of the coach used for the storage of tools and equipment while three of the original compartments were retained for use by the railway staff, one of which was converted into a kitchen.

At Ingrow it will be internally repaired and converted for its new use.  This will entail restoration of one of the compartments to its original passenger-carrying splendour, while the former tool and equipment stowage area will be used as an exhibition space and classroom facility. The internal work is to be undertaken by Society volunteers planned so that the Learning Coach will be operational at the commencement of the school term this September.

For further information on this coach visit the Bahamas Locomotive Society’s own dedicated website.

Featured image & Photo: Bahamas Locomotive Society

Bahamas Overhaul Latest Update

Having been delivered to Tyseley Locomotive Works, Birmingham in November, the overhaul of LMS Jubilee 4-6-0 45596 Bahamas (see above at the NRM) is now in full swing.

Progress in 2013 included the removal of the main steam pipes, superheater elements and blastpipe. In addition the cab, the footplate boiler cladding, boiler expansion angle clamps removed, the ejector exhaust pipe and various other sundry fittings

Earlier this month, the boiler was disconnected, the valves and pistons removed from the cylinders, and the brake gear removed from the chassis.

Bahamas Boiler LiftThe Society can now report that an important milestone in dismantling Bahamas has been reached and the boiler was lifted cleanly from the frames ready for the removal of the boiler tubes and a detailed examination of the boiler anticipated sometime in February. The examination will include ultrasonic thickness testing and will determine the amount of remedial work that is necessary.

At Ingrow the old tender tank was removed in December and shipped to Hill & Webster Ltd. at Ashbourne to assist in the fabrication of a new tank, the old one being beyond economic repair.

And finally, the Society’s ex-BR Breakdown Riding & Toll Van has returned to Ingrow after renovation work. See separate story.

For further information on this historic restoration, visit the Bahamas Locomotive Society dedicated website.

Featured image: Neil Harvey. Photo: Bahamas Locomotive Society