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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2016 Carol Service Train

The ever popular and not to be missed Annual Carol Service aboard the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway is being held again on Saturday, 17th December. Starting at Oxenhope at 19.00, the train travels the Valley with carols, readings and prayers at stations along the way.

The event which, over two decades ago featured on a festive edition of BBC Songs of Praise, always sells out, so booking early is essential. For more details plus a recording of last year’s Carol Service Train visit the KWVR Website.

Locomotive Roster for Beer & Music Festival Weekend 20th – 23rd October 2016

There are 4 days of passenger workings this week starting on Thursday for the 4 days of the Beer & Music Festival.

Thursday 2oth – Class 101 DMU

Friday 21st & Saturday 22nd – Diesel Class 20 20 031 (morning diesel service), USATC S160 2-8-0 5820, WD 2-8-0 90733 and BR 4MT 4-6-0 75078

Sunday 23rd – Class 101 DMU (morning diesel service), USATC S160 2-8-0 5820 and BR 4MT 4-6-0 75078

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For the timetables in operation this week, 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 Change for Autumn Steam Spectacular

In past years such headlines would mean unavailability of 0ne or even two locomotives – but not this year!

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We are delighted to announce that the Railway’s ‘Black 5’ 45212 undertook a successful test yesterday and, as a result, is added to the roster for the Autumn Steam Spectacular, taking the place of MR 4F 0-6-0 43924 on some of the turns which will also act as standby for the event. Steaming Around Yorkshire were on hand to record the test and the preparations that our volunteers and staff have been doing to get ready for the Gala.

2016 Autumn Steam Spectacular – Update

Autumn Steam Spectacular – Friday 7th – Saturday 9th October 2016

The stage is set with TWO visiting locomotives and all the home fleet looking in good fettle in time for the 2016 Autumn Steam Spectacular. With most of the pieces of the jigsaw in place the Passenger Timetables have been released and can be viewed on the main website.

In addition we know that many of our enthusiast readers have been chomping at the bit for the Working Timetable and this is now available to download – Working Timetables.

After so many setbacks in recent times, we are excited at the prospect of welcoming everyone to what promises to be the best Keighley & Worth Valley Railway for some considerable years.

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Autumn Steam Spectacular

Our Autumn Steam Spectacular will return for 2016 with a strong line up of visiting and home fleet locomotives including a Southern Region visitor. As usual we will be offering a great mix of photographic opportunities, passenger and goods trains, with non stop runs and double headers – a classic Worth Valley Steam Spectacular!

Visiting Locomotive

British Railways Rebuilt Battle of Britain Pacific 34053 ‘Sir Keith Park’ from the Severn Valley Railway.
With thanks to Southern Locomotives and Severn Valley Railway we are delighted to finally welcome Southern Region Rebuilt ‘Battle of Britain’ class 34053 ‘Sir Keith Park’ to the Railway, delayed nearly 18 months ago by road access restrictions.

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Details of possible further visiting locomotives will be announced in due course

In addition to the visiting locomotives the KWVR ‘home fleet’ will be in action

• 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
• Grafton Steam Crane will be in steam and operating in Oakworth Yard

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

The Steam Spectacular provides a special atmosphere compared to the usual day to day life of the KWVR. We will re-create the hustle and bustle of a busy Steam Railway, with local services to and from Ingrow West, mixing with goods trains and express services, on which you can ride the length of the line without stopping.

Come along and visit and you won’t be disappointed, whether you are an enthusiast or a young person just starting their adventure of steam we can promise you will have a day to remember.

Pullman Breakfast Train

A first for a Steam Spectacular – A lavish Pullman Breakfast train using our two Southern Region Pullman vehicles alongside our visiting locomotives. Sit back and enjoy being served a full English breakfast, tea and toast, the perfect way to start the day.

This service requires pre booking and is limited seating only. Price £39.95 including all day travel. Or £19.95 in addition to your Rover Ticket. Call 01535 645214 to reserve your place.

Haworth 1940s Weekend – Travel & Parking

Over this weekend Haworth village will host tens of thousands of visitors, mostly in costume, and consequently road access is not easy, with parking sometimes being a mile or more away from the centre of events. So let the train take the strain as the Railway has a big part to play in bringing people to this wonderful event.

For people who come all the way by Rail, via the national network, you can use the cross platform interchange at Keighley.

Those who choose to come by road can use one of our car parks at Oxenhope (where there is an overflow car park just up the hill on the left), Ingrow or Keighley. If the Keighley Car Park is full, then there is a huge car park on the other side of Keighley Station, off Dalton Lane, which is provided courtesy of the Keighley Campus of Leeds City College.

On Saturday and Sunday EXTRA FREE car parking has been arranged NEXT to Ingrow West Station, so even more reason to “let the train take the strain”.

For the times of trains from your chosen station, visit the Times & Fares page of the KWVR website

Haworth 1940s Weekend 13th, 14th & 15th May 2016

Friday 13th – Sunday the 15th is the time in the Worth Valley when the 1940’s comes to Haworth Village, arguably the best 1940s celebration from all those that take part throughout the UK.

Whilst celebrations are in full flow ‘up the hill’, meanwhile down in the Valley, the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway will play its part in recreating the period.

This video from the Penny Steam archives of the 2015 weekend gives an excellent flavour of what the railway has to offer to complement this wonderful weekend of celebration.

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In the Exhibition Shed at Oxenhope, dressed in 1940s outfits, our catering volunteers will be serving Afternoon Teas on board one of our elegant Pullman coaches. The Exhibition Shed will be suitably decked out for the period and music of the time will be played as a background to eating your afternoon tea in style.

Travel by Train

Because of the numbers that visit Haworth for the event the surrounding roads are very busy, consequently road access to the event is not easy, with parking sometimes being a mile or more away from the centre of events. Here the Railway has a big part to play in transporting people through the Valley to Haworth. If you are coming by car use one of our car parks at Oxenhope, Ingrow or Keighley. If the Keighley car park is full, then there is a large car park on the other side of Keighley Station, off Dalton Lane, which is provided courtesy of the Keighley Campus of Leeds City College.

However, if you let the train take the strain, via the national network, passengers can use the cross platform interchange at Keighley and take the frequent train service all the way up the Valley to Haworth.

Ingrow Celebration of Film Past and Present – 1st & 2nd May

Over the decades, the Railway has been the venue for many films, the most notable of which is the Railway Children, the film synonymous with the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway. But who can forget the Second World War film when Richard Geer set hearts throbbing in Keighley in Yanks. And more recently the Great War film, Testimony of Youth, that brought home the tragic reality of World War 1.

This weekend at Rail Story, Ingrow we are celebrating the Railway and its partner’s part in the making of films past and present.

Throughout the weekend you can enjoy dressing up in a variety of costumes, having your photo in front of Lord Mayor, the promotional engine from the Railway Children film, alongside guided film tours of the Carriage Works museum.

There will be a short film show at the front the Carriage Works museum  between 11am-3pm each day showing various film clips highlighting the various films the railway has taken part in.

Steam & Ale Trail

The KWVR is not only a great way to travel but also a great place to sample real ale and 2016 sees the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway launch our new Steam and Ale Trail over the Bank Holiday weekend from Saturday 28th May until Monday 30th.

The new event is the result of the hugely popular Beer and Music Festival which takes place in October.  The Steam and Ale trail is a 5 mile long ale trail where you hop off at each station to enjoy a pint of fine Yorkshire ale from a selection of local breweries. With over 40 beers to choose from you can visit each station where each different brewery will be bringing their brewery bars where you can choose from their range of beers.

Early Bird Discount

The ‘phone line is now open, 01535 645214, so why not take advantage of our “Early Bird” price. For a limited time, for every day ticket you buy you get a second at half price. (Discounted price applied to lowest fare).

For more details, visit the website >>>>

Diesel Locomotive Hauled Services 2016

Introduced in 2015, the Railway operated diesel locomotive hauled trains, as well as steam hauled services, ALL DAY on a number of Saturdays from April through to August to compensate for the withdrawal of the diesel gala. This was deemed a great success and the Railway is pleased to repeat the exercise for this year, and for an additional month.

We will be running diesel locomotive hauled trains ALL DAY on the last Saturday of each month, 30th April, 28th May (Real Ale Trail Event), 25th June, 30th July, 27th August and 24th September

This service operates in addition to the steam train service. Starting at 09.00 from Oxenhope, the train offers 6 round trips of the line, finishing back at Oxenhope at 17.25.

In addition, large Diesels will also be used on some morning services in May and October and D0226 will haul  a selection of morning diesel services on some Sundays May – September.

June sees the entry into service of our new Class 08 shunter, 08 993 and to mark the occasion there will be 08 hauled passenger services on the 18th June.

For all the details visit the Events page of the KWVR website

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

2016 Winter Steam Gala Update

Being held over the weekend of 26th – 28th February, other than the regular home fleet, which will include for the first time since overhaul of Taff Vale Railway 0-6-2 tank no.85 (fully lined out in TVR livery for the first time in preservation) and 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 is pleased to announce that the North Eastern Locomotive Preservation Group have agreed to send their LNER Peppercorn K1 2-6-0 62005 to the Railway for the Winter Steam Gala in February.

62005 will be joining us in 2016, a year in which the NELPG celebrates its 50th Annivsersary, being formed one year after the KWVR. The locomotive is a regular mainline performer, especially on The Jacobite train from Fort William to Mallaig and, like 45212, will arrive on the Railway via our mainline connection at Keighley.

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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

50 Years Santa Steam Celebration

The weekend 28th and 29th November 2015 will see Father Christmas descend for the 50th time onto the KWVR and bring joy and good cheer to all he meets.

The first weekend of this year’s Santa Steam Specials celebrates those 50 years with a party atmosphere. As well as all the attraction associated with our renowned Santa Steam Specials, on this weekend only, there will be additional entertainers on the train, party bags for the children. Children are encouraged to dress up in their best Christmas Party gear and there will be a competition for the best fancy dress of the weekend.

And we’re not forgetting the other family members – dig out your the worst Christmas jumper, and see if you can win the prize for the worst one we see.

Sorry, but all the dates for our standard Santa Steam Specials are now sold out but for more details and on-line booking for the 50th Anniversary special trains >>>>

2016 Winter Steam Gala Update

Following a series of difficulties prior to the Autumn Steam Spectacular which resulted in there being no visiting locomotives, the organisers are beavering away to ensure that the first KWVR Gala of the year, does not suffer the same fate.

Being held over the weekend of 26th – 28th February, other than the regular home fleet, which will include for the first time since overhaul, Taff Vale Railway 0-6-2 tank no.85, the Railway is delighted to announce that another ‘home’ locomotive will be making its debut following overhaul, with the return to steam (and the Worth Valley) of LMS, class 5MT 4-6-0 45212, now nearing the end of its overhaul at Ian Riley Engineering at Bury.

45212 is being returned to mainline running by Ian Riley, and subject to completion of the overhaul, will arrive on the Railway via our mainline connection at Keighley.

Further announcements will be made in due course, so keep tuned in to our website for further news of the Winter Steam Gala

Beer & Music Festival – 22nd – 25th October

The eagerly anticipated Beer & Music Festival is here, 22nd – 25th October, and promises to be an even more memorable 4 days than previous festivals with more real ales, more ciders and more wines, more live music and more trains.

An absolute must for everybody attending the Festival – 41241 Firedancer, in support of the restoration of Ivatt 2-6-2T 41241 from Skipton’s own Copper Dragon Brewery.

Trains start at 12.25 Thursday with a Diesel service and then it’s mostly steam locomotives from Friday morning for the remainder of the Festival.

The organisers have everything ready in Oxenhope Exhibition Shed and Keighley, installed the stage and counters ready for thirsty attendees to descend onto the Railway and the Buffet cars are ready for on-train drinks.

For all the details visit our dedicated page on the website >>>>. We look forward to seeing you all there.

Beer & Music Festival – Starts 22nd October

The eagerly anticipated Beer & Music Festival is almost here. It promises to be an even more memorable 4 days than previous festivals with more real ales, more ciders and more wines.

Try the beer especially brewed for the Festival – 41241 Firedancer, in support of the restoration of Ivatt 2-6-2T 41241 from Skipton’s own Copper Dragon Brewery.

Trains start at 12.25 Thursday with a Diesel service and then it’s mostly steam locomotives from Saturday morning for the remainder of the Festival.

The organisers have been busy emptying most of the rolling stock out of Oxenhope Exhibition Shed and installing the stage and counters ready for thirsty attendees to descend onto the Railway.

For all the details visit our dedicated page on the website >>>>. We look forward to seeing you all there.

2015 Autumn Steam Spectacular

With only a few days to go to the 2015 Autumn Steam Spectacular, the latest update is now on the KWVR website including loco news, photo charter information, working timetables, fares and the rules and regulations regarding lineside photography.

Of particular interest to photographers will be the photo charters and full details are now available. As places are limited early booking is advised. As there will now be no visiting locomotive, prices have been reduced making the 3 days a steam action better value than ever.

We cannot over emphasise the incredible difficulties that our hard working volunteer organisers have faced this year, but despite this they are still smiling and looking forward to welcoming everybody to what should still be a spectacular gala. We hope that attendances across the 3 days will be just reward for their endeavours.