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.

 

2015 Autumn Steam Spectacular – Update

With only one week 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 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.

 

KWVR Gardeners Triumph Again

Another season of hard graft by the Railway’s gardens team has brought yet another accolade for this small band of enthusiastic, dedicated and hard working group of volunteer gardeners.

At the York Racecourse presentation ceremony on the 8th September, just like last year, the Railway lifted a coveted Gold Award at the ‘Yorkshire in Bloom’ Awards in the 8A Category – Visitor Attractions. The photograph below shows Sue Holmes collecting the award on behalf of the gardening team and the Railway. Also Oakworth came away with a Silver Gilt Award, being entered into the competition in its own right.

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Railway Society Chairman, Matthew Stroh expressed his delight at this wonderful achievement “It’s a fantastic result, and great recognition for all the hard work our team of volunteers put in to make the stations look so special.”

Everyone visiting the Railway cannot help but be impressed by the gardens and hanging baskets that have adorned our stations throughout the Summer. With the Award comes a “Judges Comments” which declared, “The efforts of those working on all aspects of the railway activities and the high standards they are reaching, make the work of those involved in maintaining the grounds of the stations even more significant in the provision of the overall experience.” Click HERE to see the full citation.

Pictured in the gallery at an impromptu photo call on Sunday are Sue Holmes, Mary Clarke, David Petyt, Ken Shipley, Rebekah Ashworth and Sue Hall. In addition the team includes Alison and Margaret Lockyear, who travel from Leeds to attend to Keighley Station gardens, Stephen & Janice Laycock who look after Damems, Jason Dean who looks after Haworth and Margo Cutt who is the main gardener at Oxenhope,

To all our gardening team, we can only add, “Congratulations to the team on this magnificent achievement!”

This happy band of workers have achieved so much, but as can be seen from the citation, the judges have highlighted areas for improvement. If you think you can help, please contact David Petyt by email volunteer@kwvr.co.uk or c/o Haworth Station and you will be made very welcome.

GWR ’49xx’ Class 4-6-0 4936 ‘Kinlet Hall’ for 2015 Autumn Steam Gala

The KWVR is pleased to announce that Great Western Railway ’49xx’ Class 4-6-0 – No. 4936 ‘Kinlet Hall’ will be our visiting locomotive for the Autumn Steam Gala taking place Friday 9th – Sunday 11th October. Passed for mainline running, 4936 will be arriving via the national network connection at Keighley, thus avoiding the current access difficulties at Ingrow.

‘Kinlet Hall’ is currently the oldest ‘Hall’ class locomotive running on the mainline network. Built in 1929, she ran 1,339,061 miles in GWR and BR service. In December 1963 the locomotive was withdrawn and sold for scrap a month later, thankfully to Woodham’s at Barry, from where she was rescued in 1979 by KHL Ltd, a small consortium of private individuals supported by an active team of volunteers. Now restored to her former glory and maintained to mainline standards, 4936 is currently resident locomotive on the West Somerset Railway and sees regular service on the 20-mile heritage line.

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

2015 Santa Steam Specials

It may be Summer, and there may be sunshine outside (if you are lucky), but the time has come round once again when it is time to book your place on arguably the best Santa Steam Specials in the UK. And this year we celebrate 50 years of Santa Specials. Places on the train sell fast, so hurry to make sure you are on the train of your choice.

Full details are available on the website and the on-line booking system is ready to take your bookings! So don’t hesitate and visit the 2015 Santa Specials page today!

 

Spring 2015 in Photos

Spring was a busy time on the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway starting with Easter at the beginning of April. We introduced a new, once a month diesel locomotive service and over the Bank Holiday weekend, The Railway Children’s Weekend followed by the Haworth 1940s Weekend. Event organisers continued their hard work with a very successful 3 day visit to the Railway by the famous bear from Peru, Paddington, and our photographic look is back rounded off with West Country Pacific, 34092 ‘Wells’ drawing the crowds at the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway’s Steam to West event. And we finish this Spring retrspective with two June videos, including the first Vintage Trains of the Summer. Continue reading

2015 Autumn Steam Spectacular, 9th – 11th October

A strong line up of ten locomotives will feature including the gala two Southern Region visitors and the first Gala appearance of the Railway’s Taff Vale railway 0-6-2T no. 85. 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 Locomotives

British Railways Rebuilt Battle of Britain Pacific 34053 ‘Sir Keith Park’ from the Severn Valley Railway.
34053 will be making her FIRST visit to another Heritage Railway. With thanks to Southern Locomotives Limited & Severn Valley Railway. She will make a fine sight alongside resident unrebuilt West Country Pacific 34092 ‘Wells’.

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Southern Railway U Class 2-6-0 31806 from the Swanage Railway
Affectionately known as the “U-boat”, 31806 is owned by John Bunch and in the care of Swanage Railway and we are grateful for the locomotive being made available to us.

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Locomotives from the Home fleet

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

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