Oxenhope – Carlisle 1st Pictures

Celebrating the re-opening of the Settle to Carlisle Railway and 150 years of the opening of the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway, here we present just the first submissions of what we expect to be a deluge of photographs taken of this historic train, plus a couple of videos. Just click below to take you to the KWVR Website page for the first images of this historic event.

Locomotive Allocation for Flying Scotsman Week

After all the planning, hours of midnight oil burning and the odd heart flutter, the long awaited arrival of ‘Flying Scotsman’ is only a few hours away.

With 2 steam locomotives and the diesel multiple unit operating all day over the weekend plus 3 locomotives in steam from Monday right through to the following Sunday, these are exciting times indeed. 60103 arrives on Wednesday 29th March and the first excursion from Oxenhope for many years takes place on Friday, when Flying Scotsman leaves Oxenhope at 08.30 for Carlisle.

Locomotive allocation 1st – 9th April

1st & 2nd April
Steam: WD 2-8-0 90733 & BR Standard Class 4MT 4-6-0 75078
Diesel: Class 101 diesel multiple unit on Keighley – Ingrow Shuttle

3rd – 7th April
Steam: BR (LNER ) A3 4-6-2 60103 Flying Scotsman (Oxenhope end) plus WD 2-8-0 90733 (Keighley end) and MR 4F 0-6-0 43924 on the ‘relief’ set

9th & 10th April
Steam: BR (LNER ) A3 4-6-2 60103 Flying Scotsman (Oxenhope end) plus WD 2-8-0 90733 (Keighley end) and BR Standard Class 4MT 4-6-0 75078 on the ‘relief’ set

Steam Line-Up 1st – 9th April

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3rd – 9th April
Diesel: There are no diesel services during this time

Passenger Train Banking

Under normal operating conditions the banking of passenger trains by a steam locomotive is not permitted. In the past when passenger services have been top and tailed by a steam engine the “banking” engine is towed and gives no assistance. As most will know, Flying Scotsman is not an ideal engine for a twisting 5 mile branchline with severe gradients on tight curves and tight turnouts.

Some have asked questions about the easing of the branch axle loading to allow ‘Scotsman’ to operate on the line. 60103 exceeds the permitted axle load for the KWVR and is not permitted to pass over a curve of less than 6 chains radius. Its operation has been authorised subject to a number of special restrictions, in particular, 60103 will be limited to 20 mph and must not slip when passing over 4 of our bridges as slipping may damage the bridges in question.

To minimise the risk of slipping the train, which will consist of 8 coaches (including 2 Pullman coaches), will be banked in the rear by our own locomotive and should result in some spectacular departures from Keighley.

Working hard, 90733 gives rear assistance , non-stop through Ingrow. Banking trial 4th February, 90733 gives rear assistance non-stop through Ingrow.

Lineside Photography

On the 31st March for the departure of the railtour and for the normal steam hauled services on the 1st & 2nd April, photographers wishing to photograph from the lineside must carry a valid KWVR Photo Permit AND their KWVR membership card.

During 60103’s week of operation on the branch, 3rd – 9th April only those carrying their Annual Photo Permit, Flying Scotsman letter of authorisation AND wearing the special Flying Scotsman Hi-Viz vest will be allowed trackside.

Normal access restrictions as detailed in the Photographer’s Personal Safety Handbook will apply but there will be strict policing of the lineside during the period 31st March – 9th April and anyone NOT carrying ALL the necessary documentation will be evicted from the Railway’s land.
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In addition we ask in particular that all permit-holders and members of the public respect our land boundaries and do not trespass on any private land.   If you do have permission from land owners to take photographs from their land, then we would recommend having written authority from them with you to avoid being challenged during the event.

We ask that you assist us during the event by alerting a member of Railway staff or, once you are in a position of safety, by calling the office on 01535 645214 if you see anyone not wearing the special clothing and/or trespassing on private land.

‘Flying Scotsman’ Seats Available 4th April

If you were too late in making a booking to travel behind the ‘Flying Scotsman’, then you may in luck.

Due to the cancellation of a group booking we now have standard class seats available on the 15.05 from Haworth on Tuesday 4th April. There are sufficient seats available even for a large party, so why not invite family and friends to a great day out on the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway, being pulled through the beautiful Worth Valley from Keighley to Oxenhope by the world’s most famous locomotive.

If you are interested, please call the Haworth office on 01535 645214 between 09.30 and 16.30. For pricing information and all the details of ‘Flying Scotsman’s week on the KWVR follow this link  KWVR website page.

‘Flying Scotsman’ Oxenhope – Carlisle Times

Oxenhope – Carlisle Charter 31st March 2017

Having released the pick up times last week for those who have booked their place on this historic Oxenhope to Carlisle train charter we can now release the times that the train will pass through most stations on the route:

Outward times :

Oxenhope 08.30
Haworth 08.35
Keighley 09.15
Skipton 09.45
Hellifield arr. 10.08, dep. 10.45
Settle Junction 10.53
Horton-in-Ribblesdale 11.11
Ribblehead 11.23
Garsdale: 11.38
Kirkby Stephen 11.51
Appleby arr. 12.04, dep. 12.23
Lazonby 12.41
Carlisle 13.05

Return times:

Carlisle 15.35
Lazonby 16.02
Appleby arr. 16.24, dep. 16.43
Kirkby Stephen 17.02
Garsdale: 17.14
Ribblehead 17.28
Settle Junction 17.42
Hellifield arr. 17.48, dep. 18.29
Skipton arr. 18.44, dep. 19.06
Keighley 19.20
Haworth 20.00
Oxenhope 20.10

These are the only times available. We respectfully request that no-one contacts the office for any additional times as these are not available from the KWVR office.

Anyone making arrangements to see Flying Scotsman en-route to and from Carlisle should note that these timings are given in good faith based on the information provided to the KWVR by West Coast Railways and Network Rail. The timings are not guaranteed and the KWVR will not under any circumstances be held responsible for any delay or detention, however occasioned, or any consequence arising therefore.

Lineside photography

Photographers and observers are reminded they must not trespass on either the KWVR or Network Rail railway or adjacent private property AT ANY TIME AND UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES. Doing so is dangerous, illegal and will cause delays. There will be a heavy presence of security staff patrolling the lineside between Oxenhope and Carlisle and British Transport Police will be rigorously enforcing the law applicable to trespass!

On 31st March, holders of annual KWVR Photo Permits will be allowed trackside on the KWVR with the normal access restrictions applying. It is essential that ‘linesiders’ carry their permit AND membership card. Anyone asked to show these documents and found not to be carrying both will be evicted from the Railway’s land.

Full ‘Flying Scotsman’ update

Oxenhope – Carlisle Charter

We are delighted to announce the confirmed public times for the Oxenhope to Carlisle train charter on Friday 31st March. This train, celebrating the re-opening of the Settle to Carlisle line, is for pre-booked passengers only and was sold out some weeks ago:

Outward times :

Oxenhope 08.30
Haworth 08.35
Keighley 09.15
Skipton 09.45
Carlisle 13.05

Return times:

Carlisle 15.30
Skipton 18.45
Keighley 19.20
Haworth 20.00
Oxenhope 20.10

All passengers for this train are advised to arrive at their boarding station 30 minutes prior to their departure time.

Catering

Participants on the train will receive sandwich boxes on the outward journey and a cream tea on the return journey. Complementary wine and soft drinks will be available throughout the journey.

Lineside photography

Photographers and observers are reminded they must not trespass on either the KWVR or Network Rail railway. Doing so is dangerous, illegal and will cause delays. There will be a heavy presence of security staff patrolling the lineside between Oxenhope and Carlisle.

Holders of KWVR Photo Permits will be allowed trackside on the KWVR with the normal access restrictions applying. It is essential that anyone not carrying their permit AND membership card will be evicted from the Railway’s land.

‘Flying Scotsman’ at Ingrow

All the arrangements are in place and all we need now is one large green locomotive.

Catering

During the 2 days of the Ingrow event we will be offering full catering facilities from breakfast to lunch plus light snacks in between:

Breakfast:

  • Full English Breakfast: 2 bacon, 2 sausages, egg, mushrooms, beans, tomatoes, black pudding.
  • ‘Lighter’ Breakfast: 1 bacon, 1 sausage, egg, mushrooms or beans or tomatoes
  • Vegetarian Option: a vegetarian option will be available

Plus our normal morning fare:

  • Bacon sandwich
  • Sausage  sandwich
  • Bacon and Sausage sandwich
  • Egg sandwich
  • Bacon, Sausage and Egg sandwich

Lunch:

  • Lasagne served with garlic bread and side salad
  • Meat & Potato Pie, mushy peas and gravy
  • Chicken Curry and Naan Bread

Jacket potato served with a selection of fillings:

  • Chilli con carne
  • Baked beans
  • Tuna mayo
  • Cheese
  • plain with butter

Light Snacks:

Sandwiches, Quiche and assorted cakes, biscuits and confectionary … and of course soft drinks, teas and coffees.

And for those wanting something a bit stronger, there will be a bar on site serving real ale, wines and spirit.

For all the information regarding the Flying Scotsman’s appearance at Ingrow, visit the Flying Scotsman at Ingrow West page of the website.

“Flying Scotsman Experience”

For access to the footplate and an interpretive talk you will need a ticket for the ‘Flying Scotsman Experience’.

For more information visit the ‘Flying Scotsman Experience’ page of the website. This must be booked in advance but we still have tickets available for this so don’t delay book straight away before all the places are sold.

Northern Rail Industrial Action, Saturday 8th April

All the seats on ‘Flying Scotsman trains on this day are taken but we would like to bring to everyone’s attention that Northern Rail services serving Keighley, will be the subject of industrial action on that day.

We are therefore advising all passengers to either change their mode of public transport or come to the Railway by car. Special car parking arrangements will be available during ‘Flying Scotsman’s visit. Visit the ‘Flying Scotsman on the KWVR’ page of the website for further parking information.

Your Railway Needs YOU!

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As everyone who follows the fortunes of the KWVR knows, the ‘Flying Scotsman’ is visiting the KWVR in a months time (1st – 9th April). As well as our shops at Haworth and Oxenhope, we will have sales stands all around the Railway.

Our regular volunteers are fully committed to operating the passenger services, so to support this sales activity, the Railway is looking to recruit several additional Volunteers who are willing to help “man” some of the sales stalls along the Railway. We are looking for people who would be willing to give up a morning, afternoon or even a full day of their time, Volunteering for the Railway and helping us make a big success of this unique event.

If you feel you can lend a hand to help the Railway, please contact Robert Batty on either 07872 832244 or via email at robert.batty@kwvr.co.uk

2017 Winter Steam Gala Update

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With only a few days to go, we are delighted to confirm the line up for this weekend’s Winter Steam Gala. As posted earlier 13065 arrived last week and the image below shows our other visitor, 61264, on Haworth shed having arrived on the Railway at Keighley in the hours of darkness.

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So the line up consists of:

  • BR (LNER) B1 4-6-0 61264 (Courtesy of the Thompson B1 Locomotive Trust)
  • LMS ‘Crab’ 2-6-0 13065 (Courtesy of the East Lancashire Railway)
  • BR Standard 4MT 4-6-0 75078
  • WD 2-8-0 90733
  • Midland 4F 0-6-0 43924
  • USATC S160 2-8-0 “Big Jim” No.5820
  • LNWR 0-6-2 ‘Coal Tank’ 1054 (Courtesy of Bahamas Loco Society)
  • Taff Vale Railway O2 0-6-2T 85
  • Hudswell Clarke 0-6-0T 1704 ‘Nunlow (Courtesy of Bahamas Loco Society)
  • Grafton Steam Crane will be in steam and operating in Oakworth Yard

… as well as a range of different coaching stock and goods vehicles.

On Sunday Mary and Ann, our two K class Pullmans built in 1930 as a pair for the Southern Railway Bournemouth Bell service will be in use. A supplement for travel is required for these vehicles at £5 each. Throughout the morning the supplement entitles you to complimentary ‘Coffee & Croissant’ and during the afternoon a traditional  ‘English Cream Tea’ – it’s well worth a fiver!

The situation with the two ‘Black 5s’, 45212 and 45407 remains fluid. They are due mainline certification this week and if that is forthcoming they should arrive on the Railway Friday evening by our connection at Keighley. This, of course precludes their participation on Friday, but will, if they do arrive, operate Saturday and Sunday requiring an amendment to the working timetables as previously published.

As with all our Galas we publish the working timetables for the various workings. The up-to-date version (01/03/17) can be viewed by downloading the 2017 Winter Steam Gala Working Timetable PDF. It is important to note that these timetables take account that 45212 and 45407 MAY be attending and reflect that the situation remains fluid.

The public timetables can be viewed HERE >>

Guided tours of the Haworth Locomotive Works

Once again we will be running our unique tour behind the scenes in our engine shed and workshop at Haworth, the tours being led by our experienced and knowledgeable volunteer tour guides. The tours are organised to raise funds to restore the Ivatt 2-6-2T 41241 and although the tours are free, we do ask our guests to consider making a Gift Aided donation, usually in the region of £5 to the KWVR Charity (no 1136853).

Tour times will connect with trains from Keighley arriving at Haworth where you will meet your guide at Haworth Station for your 45/60 minute tour.

2017 Winter Steam Gala Update

With the Gala only 9 days away, the guest locomotives have started to arrive, although doubt has been cast over the attendance of the ‘extras’.

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First to arrive, from ‘over the hill’, is ex-LMS ‘Crab’ 2-6-0 13065. The first photograph, taken by Howard Malham is a somewhat depressing image of when the last time this engine arrived on KWVR metals in 1976 direct from Barry scrapyard. Now resplendent in its original LMS crimson lake livery, the two images illustrate well the work that goes into restoring an engine saved from the scrapyard to running order. Built at the ex-Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Horwich works, its first passenger train at the Gala will pair it with the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway coaches resident on the line.

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It was announced that we would be joined by two ‘Black 5s’, 45212 and 45407 prior to their participation in a mainline railtour. Unfortunately due to changing circumstances their attendance is now not guaranteed.

As with all our Galas we publish the working timetables for the various workings. These can be viewed by downloading the 2017 Winter Steam Gala Working Timetable PDF. It is important to note that these timetables have been put together on the assumption that 45212 and 45407 are both attending, but, in their absence, an alternative locomotive has been designated.

The public timetables can be viewed HERE >>

Photo Permits for ‘Flying Scotsman’

And just a reminder that deadlines are looming for photo permits for the visit of ‘Scotsman’. If you are thinking of purchasing a permit here are the important dates:
♦  Current Members – valid Photo Permit: Deadline to apply Sunday 12th March 2017
♦  Current Members – expired Photo Permit: Deadline to apply Sunday 5th March 2017
♦  Expired Members – valid Photo Permit: Deadline to apply Sunday 12th March 2017

‘Flying Scotsman’ – Lineside Photo Permits

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During the visit of ‘Flying Scotsman’, for those with Lineside Photographic Permits who choose to use them during the week of the locomotive’s visit, we will be charging a one-off fee, to cover the cost of special Hi-Viz vests, which will assist us with policing line-side access during the week of the visit.

The fee of £25 that we are charging photo permit holders will cover the cost of the Hi-Viz as well as make a contribution toward the cost of the event, whilst allowing our photo permit holders to capture from the lineside what we hope will become a very special event in the Preservation Society’s history. Please do note that anyone who is line-side without the special Hi-Viz AND their K&WVR photo permit will be removed. The special permit and special clothing will be valid for the entire period of Flying Scotsman’s visit and is non-transferable.

Applications for ‘Flying Scotsman’ Lineside Photographic Permits are now being accepted in our office at Haworth from existing KWVRPS members. Depending on the current status of your Membership / Lineside Photographic Permit the procedures are slightly different and accordingly the deadlines for applications vary:

♦ Current Members – valid Photo Permit: Deadline to apply Sunday 12th March 2017
♦ Current Members – expired Photo Permit: Deadline to apply Sunday 5th March 2017
♦ Current Members – new Photo Permit: Deadline to apply Sunday 12th February 2017
♦ Expired Members – valid Photo Permit: Deadline to apply Sunday 12th March 2017

Please look at this PDF for answers to some of the questions you may have about applying for the ‘Flying Scotsman’ permit, click HERE >>>.

Strict policing of the lineside will be in evidence for the week and in addition we ask in particular that all permit-holders and members of the public respect our land boundaries and do not trespass on any private land. If you do have permission from land owners to take photographs from their land, then we would recommend having written authority from them with you to avoid being challenged during the event.

We ask that you assist us during the event by alerting a member of Railway staff or, once you are in a position of safety, by calling the office on 01535 645214 if you see anyone not wearing the special clothing and/or trespassing on private land.

2 more for Winter Steam Gala

Following our announcement of visiting locomotives for the Winter Steam Gala, LMS ‘Crab’ 2-6-0 13065  and LNER Class B1 4-6-0 61264, we are pleased to report that we will be welcoming a further two or, more accurately, one plus a returnee home.

Our very own LMS ‘Black 5’ 4-6-0 45212 returned to action at our Autumn Steam Spectacular in October after overhaul to mainline condition at Ian Riley Engineering at Bury and will be returning to the KWVR metals in time to take part in the Gala after undertaking its mainline testing run.

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Joining 45212 will be one of Ian Riley’s own Black 5s, no’s 45407 which will run onto KWVR metals after a mainline excursion to Holyhead. Both engines will be present with us during our Steam Gala in preparation for mainline railtour duties.

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Both 45407 & 45212 will operate full diagrams on Friday 3rd and a single round trip on Saturday morning, 4th, before setting off mainline at approx. 11.45 Saturday morning to take up their railtour duties on the ‘big’ railway.

Flying Scotsman Update

Saturday 1st & Sunday 2nd April

 

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‘Flying Scotsman’ will now be on display at Ingrow on Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd April only. The locomotive will be hauling passenger services on the second weekend due to unexpectedly high demand for tickets for the weekday service resulting in us now increasing the number of days in passenger service.

Flying Scotsman will be in steam and on display at Ingrow West between 09.00 and 18.00. Entry to Ingrow yard will require a special day ticket to be purchased and will include unlimited travel on our steam trains between Oxenhope and Keighley.

Tickets for travel should be purchased on the day and will include viewing the locomotive from the public area and entry to the Museum of Rail Travel and Ingrow Loco Museum. Passenger services behind our own steam locomotives will operate every hour from 08.30 – 18.30.

Please note advance booking is NOT necessary to come and see Flying Scotsman whilst on static display at Ingrow..

Tickets for travel and entry to the Ingrow West site on the day will be as follows:

  • £20 Adults.
  • £17 concessions (Senior citizens, and KWVRPS Members).
  • £10 children 5-15.

There will be a bar on site in the yard serving hot and cold drinks as well as alcoholic beverages and refreshments will be available on both days.

IMPORTANT

Ingrow Station and the Ingrow Yard area will only be accessible by taking a train from one of the other KWVR Stations and alighting at Ingrow West. The car park will be closed on both these days and pedestrian access is suspended for the weekend.

Car Parking

Visitors, not arriving on the Railway at Keighley, are advised to either park at Oxenhope, where there is free parking in the station area and an overflow car park a short walk away, or we are operating a free park and ride scheme at Penistone Hill to Oxenhope which will be clearly signed, just follow the AA signs that will be in place over the weekend.

“Flying Scotsman Experience”

The “Flying Scotsman Experience” allows access to the locomotive itself and includes a 15 minute interpretive talk about the loco followed by a walk through the cab and, if you so wish, the tender, following in the footsteps of generations of enginemen who passed through on their journey at speed from Kings Cross to Edinburgh.

Tickets for the “Experience” will cost an additional £10 per person and will be sold for specific time slots at 20 minute intervals between 09.00 and 17.40. Tickets will be available in advance and go on sale from 1st February by phone to our Haworth office on 01535 645214.

Monday 3rd – Sunday 9th April

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The initial ‘Flying Scotsman event envisaged 5 days of running throughout the week with the locomotive on static display at Ingrow West, at the weekends. Due to unexpectedly high demand we added extra trains to the midweek service but now with all the Pullman seats sold and virtually all the standard class seats,  we are pleased to announce we are now running ‘Flying Scotsman’ on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th April.

Both first class Pullman and standard class seats are now available on both days with 5 trains per day.

‘Flying Scotsman’ will be hauling passenger trains between Keighley and Oxenhope each day. This is YOUR chance to ride behind Flying Scotsman!

‘Flying Scotsman’ will haul your train from Keighley to Oxenhope and one of our resident steam locomotives will take the train, with Flying Scotsman on the rear, from Oxenhope to Keighley.

Tickets MUST be purchased in advance and will be valid for one round trip only (journey time around 70 minutes) from either Haworth or Oxenhope. Your advance ticket will also allow unlimited travel on our other steam train running on the same date, so you can make a day visit to the railway if you wish.

  • £20 Adult (no concessions).
  • £10 child (young children who do not require a seat can travel free of charge).

Each day one of our two Pullmans coaches, Mary or Ann, built in 1930 as a pair for the Southern Railway ‘Bournemouth Belle’ service, will be attached to every train. Complimentary hot drinks and croissants (morning departures) and  cream teas (afternoon) will be served. A premium fare for luxury travel in the Pullmans will apply.

  • £39 first class Pullman.

To book YOUR ticket to travel behind Flying Scotsman, go to our ON-LINE booking form >>>

Settle & Carlisle Re-opening Special

 

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The Keighley & Worth Valley Railway is delighted to announce the running of a commemorative railtour from Oxenhope to Carlisle behind LNER Pacific 60103 (4472) ‘Flying Scotsman’, in conjunction with Northern, Network Rail and Friends of the Settle & Carlisle. The train, which will be operated by West Coast Railways, will form part of the re-opening celebrations of the Settle & Carlisle line which is scheduled to re-open on this day.

The history of the Settle & Carlisle line is well documented and is, arguably the most scenic inland railway route in Britain. However in February 2016, after a 500,000 tonne landslip at Eden Brows, north of Armathwaite, the ground beneath the tracks slipped 5ft below its normal level and the railway was closed north of Appleby. Sitting over 240 feet above the River Eden, re-instatement of the subsided section was to be the subject of a £23 million engineering marathon involving the building an enormous concrete and steel structure that will sit beneath the railway and driving high-strength piles into the bedrock of the Eden Gorge.

This immense feat of modern railway engineering is due for completion by the end of March and the KWVR special from Oxenhope to Carlisle and return will be one of the first trains to traverse the closed section and will represent a fitting way to pay tribute to the work of our railway engineers and the re-opening of this special line.

Railtour information

  • Tickets price: £220 per person.
  • Tickets will go on sale at 18:00 on Friday 13th January via the website on-line booking system or by phone from 09.30 – 16.30 on Saturday 14th January, 01535 645214
  • Pick up stations:  Oxenhope, Haworth, Keighley or Skipton.
  • Departure times: Approx. 08:30 from Oxenhope, exact times will be announced nearer the time.
  • Tickets include:  Complimentary light refreshments (soft drinks on the outward journey and a celebratory glass of prosecco on the return) and a souvenir brochure.
  • Real ale bar and hot drinks will be available to purchase on board.
  • Approximately three hours in Carlisle.
  • Return timings:  To be confirmed nearer the time but will be early evening.

Tickets will sell fast, so don’t delay once the tickets go on sale on Friday 13th January, 18.00.

Flying Scotsman on the KWVR

The world’s most famous steam locomotive, ‘Flying Scotsman, has been travelling the country for the last year, drawing thousands of admiring glances having returned to action after a long and protracted overhaul. Now it is time for the people of West Yorkshire to witness this magnificent locomotive.

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The locomotive will be on loan courtesy of the National Railway Museum and will join the KWVR fleet for nine days from the 1st April – 9th April 2017.

On the weekends of the 1st & 2nd and 8th & 9th April ‘Scotsman’ will be in steam and on display at RAIL STORY, Ingrow with the opportunity to go on the footplate.

During the week, 3rd – 7th April, the locomotive will be climbing the Valley from Keighley to Oxenhope, giving visitors the chance to ride behind this iconic engine. Travelling behind ‘Flying Scotsman’ will be by advance ticket purchase ONLY.

For all the details of this not-to-be-missed opportunity, visit the Flying Scotsman page on the website >>>

Locomotive Roster for the Weekend 23rd & 24th December 2016

The first Santa Steam Specials of the season ran on the 26th & 27th November and after 4 hugely successful weekends the season comes to a climax with the last Specials on Friday 23rd and Christmas Eve.

Our volunteers have been working very hard keeping our visitors happy and entertained especially with trains full to capacity on every one of our trains.

This last two days will have a combination of locomotives with USATC S160 2-8-0 5820 on the south, Oxenhope end of the train assisted, for the final time, by Class 25 diesel 25 059 at the Keighley end.

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The diesel service operates all day on both days and is free to those holding Santa Special tickets and pay on the day to other passengers, will be in the hands of our class 101 diesel multiple unit. This will be the last diesel service of 2016, returning on 7th January.

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For the diesel railcar service timetable in operation this weekend, please click HERE to visit the main website.

There are no trains on Christmas Day, we are sure everyone will agree that our dedicated band of volunteers deserve at least one day off, but our steam hauled Mince Pie Specials will run on Boxing Day and everyday until 2nd January 2017. These services will be hauled by BR Standard Class 4MT 4-6-0 75078.

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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.

Amendment to Locomotive Roster for the Weekend 17th & 18th December 2016

This weekend is week 4 of Santa Steam Specials and the weather, in the main, appears to be holding out so relatively kind to our passengers compared to the last few years. Just a nice sprinkling of snow and a bright sunny day would really set the scene.

90733 will be providing the steam traction on both days this weekend with the class 25 continuing at the north, Keighley, end and will be the motive power on the evening Carol Service Train, for which just a few seats remain.

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The Santa Steam Specials are sold out but the diesel service operates all day on both days and is free to those holding Santa Special tickets and is pay on the day to other passengers. Again the service will be in the hands of our class 101 diesel multiple unit.

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For the diesel railcar service timetable in operation this weekend, please click HERE to visit the main 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.

Locomotive Roster for the Weekend 17th & 18th December 2016

This weekend is week 4 of Santa Steam Specials and the weather, in the main, appears to be holding out so relatively kind to our passengers compared to the last few years. Just a nice sprinkling of snow and a bright sunny day would really set the scene.

Last weekend saw both USATC S160 2-8-0 5820 and WD 2-8-0 90733 on the south, Oxenhope end of the train assisted, once again, by Class 25 diesel 25 059 at the Keighley end. 90733 will be providing the steam traction on both days this weekend with the class 25 continuing at the north, Keighley, end. MR 4F 0-6-0 43924 will be the standby locomotive and will be double heading with 90733 on the evening Carol Service Train, for which just a few seats remain.

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The Santa Steam Specials are sold out but the diesel service operates all day on both days and is free to those holding Santa Special tickets and is pay on the day to other passengers. Again the service will be in the hands of our class 101 diesel multiple unit.

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For the diesel railcar service timetable in operation this weekend, please click HERE to visit the main 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.

Locomotive Roster for the Weekend 10th & 11th December 2016

We are now into our 3rd week of Santa Steam Specials and the weather, so far, has been relatively kind to our passengers compared to the last few years.

Last weekend saw both USATC S160 2-8-0 5820 (Saturday) and WD 2-8-0 90733 (Sunday) on the south, Oxenhope end of the train assisted, once again, by Class 25 diesel 25 059 at the Keighley end. 90733 will be providing the steam traction on both days this weekend with the class 25 continuing at the north, Keighley, end.

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The Santa Steam Specials are sold out but the diesel service operates all day on both days and is free to those holding Santa Special tickets and is pay on the day to other passengers. Again the service will be in the hands of our class 101 diesel multiple unit.

For the diesel railcar service timetable in operation this weekend, please click HERE to visit the main 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.

Locomotive Roster for the Weekend 3rd & 4th December 2016

The first Santa Steam Specials ran last weekend, and started with a cloudless blue sky, sunshine but, at times, a bitterly cold breeze, just what you would like to expect on a Santa weekend. Sunday almost reverted to type, but the sun managed a few rays throughout the day, although chilling rain hit the Valley late morning. Here are a few images from that first weekend courtesy of the photographers who made it out on the day.

Last weekend saw USATC S160 2-8-0 5820 on the south, Oxenhope end of the train assisted by Class 25 diesel 25 059 at the Keighley end. 5820 is in action again this weekend but the weekend starts with WD 2-8-0 90733 providing the steam traction on Saturday giving way to 5820 on Sunday. After its protracted overhaul the class 25 continues on diesel duty and made a welcome sight on its return to action.

The Santa Steam Specials are sold out but the diesel service operates all day on both days and is free to those holding Santa Special tickets and is pay on the day to other passengers. Again the service will be in the hands of our class 101 diesel multiple unit.

For the diesel railcar service timetable in operation this weekend, please click HERE to visit the main 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.

Locomotive Roster for the Weekend 26th & 27th November 2016

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. This weekend will have a combination of locomotives with USATC S160 2-8-0 5820 on the south, Oxenhope end of the train assisted by Class 25 diesel 25 059 at the Keighley end. After a protracted overhaul this is a welcome return to service for the class 25.

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The diesel service, which operates all day on both days and is free to those holding Santa Special tickets and pay on the day to other passengers, will be in the hands of our class 101 diesel multiple unit.

For the diesel railcar service timetable in operation this weekend, please click HERE to visit the main 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.

Autumn Steam Spectacular – Gallery & Video

With 2 visiting locomotives, some of the worst weather the Valley can throw at you, some brilliant sunshine and, at times, some challenging locomotive driving conditions, the Autumn Steam Spectacular will be one that will be remembered for some years to come.

The Gala started on Friday 7th October when, at times the weather was a long way from being ideal, with rain coming down like “stair-rods”. Those present will long remember the uphill struggle of 34053 ‘Sir Keith Park”, taking well over 1 hour to reach Oxenhope from Keighley. The fact the train made it at all is great testimony to the crew who coaxed the Southern Region Light Pacific, not known for its hill climbing abilities, on wet slippery rails without the aid of its sanders that were found to be blocked. Thankfully, as the photographs show, they were cleared and for the following days the Pacific made a great sight climbing the Worth Valley.

No such troubles for our other visitor, GWR ‘Manor’ 4-6-0 7822 ‘Erlestoke Manor’ which behaved, as aficionados of all things Swindon claim is the norm, impeccably and operated at the head of various formations, double headed and alone, throughout the 3 days. Unlike the Pacific, Manors were locomotives designed and well suited to challenging gradients such as the Worth Valley presents.

Add to this, superb performances from the home fleet and this Gala proved to be a great success.

Here is a small selection of images from the weekend with the full selection of over 150 images available on our Flickr feed >>>

For every KWVR Gala our friends at Steaming Around Yorkshire produce a superb video of the proceedings and the 2016 Autumn Spectacular Video is now on sale at Haworth shop, price £12.95. Here is a 7 minute taster of this excellent record of the event.

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