Work progresses on Keighley signalling and signal box

S&T-Week-140512-2This week the Railway is closed to the public for our annual “S&T Week” (Signals & Telegraph). With a target of commissioning the signal box and the whole installation in time for the 50th anniversary in 2018, the Railway is in the process of working towards completion of the project that has been undertaken for a number of years.

This week  jobs have included extending the lever frame to an impressive 32 levers, digging under bridge 72 for lineside signalling equipment to be installed and much more!


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Photos: Keighley and Worth Valley (Official) Facebook

Have you seen a tamper at work?

859924_10202797269267365_8286483362322874628_oWhilst very visible restorations capture the limelight, there are a lot behind the scenes activities that rarely get publicised or even photographed. It was a pleasure therefore to have submitted photographs and video of a permanent way tamper in operation 13th November 2012. Few members of the public ever witness these operations so we are delighted to bring this collection to a wider audience. So just what does a tamper do?

Photos & video: Matthew Robinson

Keighley turntable gets a spruce up!

The Keighley & Worth Valley Railway is one of the few preserved railways to have a turntable. Originally built in 1884 for the Midland Railway and rescued from Garsdale on the Settle & Carlisle line in 1990, the Keighley turntable was installed in the long abandoned turntable pit at Keighley was now starting to need some attention to complement its fine surroundings. In recent days this traditional attraction has received the attention of Society workers and new decking has been fitted returning the table to its former glory.

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Photos: James Horrell

Situations Vacant – Signalman

Damems Junction Signalmen

Whilst always sending out general appeals for more volunteers to help operate the Railway, specific vacancies often arise that may appeal to current volunteers. Additionally the vacancy may also appeal to Society members who would like to be involved and looking for a new way to put their time and energy to good use.

Following a review of the needs of the Railway in this ever challenging world, the Railway has highlighted the need to recruit additional signalmen to operate the Damems Junction Signalbox. If you fancy trying your hand at signalling on the Railway, please contact the Railway, giving your details, by e-mail to .

Featured image: Colin Smith

Haworth Shed Development Update

Following our earlier announcement of ambitious plans to extend the locomotive shed and engineering facilities at Haworth, a meeting with architects took place about 3 weeks ago at which outline costings were provided. Once approved it is anticipated that the initial design and build period will be approximately 18 months. Further bulletins will be published as plans and timescales are finalised.

Activity on a number of fronts

Bridge 17

Bridge-17Amco moved onto the land in Vale Mills car park at the end of August to set up their site office and compound before erecting scaffolding around Bridge 17, the large steel girder bridge carrying the railway over the River Worth on Mytholmes Curve. Renewing the cement pointing of this large bridge is now in full sway.

Bridge 27

As anticipated replacement of the packing pieces to the waybeams of Bridge 27 has been necessary. The worst of the packing pieces,                                                      Photo: John Hoyle
on top of the waybeams, have been replaced and
the ends of the waybeams Kango tamped. The opportunity was taken to do some trial boring in the waybeams themselves and, based on the results, we decided that there was no urgency to renew them. The poor look of their surface is only skin deep: the main bodies of the beams are sound.

Haworth New Shed Inspection Pit No.1 Siding

A similar job in the neighbourhood involved placing packing pieces under the waybeams on the inspection pit New Shed. This is a job that the Loco Dept has been wanting us to do for a few years but has always come up against the obstacle of locomotives up on blocks, or with ‘Not to be moved’ notices adorning their buffer beams, right over the very spot requiring attention.

Drystone Walls

Thee Thursday Gang have prepared the site of a fairly large break in our drystone boundary wall between Haworth and Ebor Lane Bridge so that a competent person could give a walling demonstration – mending the gap at the same time, of course! Hopefully he spotted some budding talent amongst the gang!