‘Flying Scotsman’ – 9 Days on the KWVR

Almost 400 images have been gratefully received and have been whittled down to just under 200 representing a cross section of styles, views and locations, cataloguing Saturday 1st – Sunday 9th April, 9 amazing and never to be forgotten days with the most famous locomotive in the world 60103, ‘Flying Scotsman’.

To see the superb complete collection of photographs, sent to us by countless photographs who attended during the week, visit the  “Flying Scotsman on the KWVR” photograph album on Flickr.

We showcase below just a small collection of those being displayed in the album plus two of many videos on YouTube.

In addition to photographs there has been some excellent footage posted on YouTube, with these two from Steaming Around Yorkshire and Penny Steam just a sample of what is available on the YouTube channel.

For all the images collected of the Oxenhope to Carlisle Special visit our Flickr page.

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.

Timetable for 3rd – 9th April

The timetable published on the website is the public timetable in operation over the period 3rd – 9th April showing only those trains for which the public can turn up on the day and travel behind one of our own fleet of locomotives. All seats to travel behind the Flying Scotsman are sold and no seats will be sold on the day.

In order that photographs can take advantage of 60103’s visit, follow this link to download a PDF version of the full timetable in operation each day – Flying Scotsman Timetable

We remind you, once again, that we have staff patrolling the full length of the branchline and to be lineside you need to have with you the special Hi-Viz Flying Scotsman vest, an accompanying letter and your annual lineside permit with photo ID which must correspond with the permit number to that shown in the letter.

60103 and support coach arrived safely on the Railway last night as these images at Keighley testify before being towed to Haworth by diesel locomotive 25 059

This will be a very special occasion for the KWVR and we look forward to receiving your photographs. Please send them to news@kwvr.co.uk

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.

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

‘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.

Flying Scotsman Photographic Permits

Some photo permit holders received a note with their renewal notices to alert them to there being special arrangements during ‘Flying Scotsman’s’ visit. Once the visit was confirmed, our priority was to get the booking system up and running, but with some permit holder’s renewals being issued around the time of confirmation of the visit, we chose to send the holding note with the renewal rather than say nothing at that time.

Having had time to consider arrangements, we can confirm that we have taken the decision to ask all members for an additional contribution during ‘Flying Scotsman’s’ visit to ensure that we recoup the not insignificant costs of the event.  Therefore, for those with photo permits who choose to use them during the week of the visit, we will be charging a one-off fee.

This contribution will cover the cost of special Hi-Viz vests, which will assist us with policing line-side access during the week of the visit. Due to the potential numbers visiting we did consider withdrawing passes altogether to help avoid any issues with managing line-side access. However we have been able avoid to this by issuing special vests, supported by plans for strict policing of access during the week. Of course, if there are any problems we reserve the right to withdraw such access, but hope that such action will not be required.

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We ask in particular that all permit-holders 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.

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 what we hope will become a very special event in the Preservation Society’s history.

Applications for the special access photo permit and vest can be made to the Administration Office at Haworth.

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.

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 >>>