Locomotive Roster for Weekend 21st & 22nd April and Mid-week 25th April 2018

With ‘Nunlow’ having bowed out last weekend, this weekend sees the Railway back to normality with MR 4F 0-6-0 43924 back at the head of this weekend’s steam service on Saturday and Sunday. On Wednesday we will be running our midweek diesel railcar service. Diesel services will be in the capable hands of our Class 101 diesel multiple unit which, thought of as modern in its day, is a class of diesel unit introduced over 60 years ago.

First train departs Oxenhope (diesel railcar) at 09.00 with 43924 operating from 11.00 and on Sunday, the first passenger service is steam hauled at 10.15, 43924 working a two train service with the diesel railcar.

For the timetables 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 Weekend 14th & 15th April and Mid-week 18th April 2018

USATC S160 2-8-0 5820 is back this weekend at the head of the steam service on Saturday and Sunday. Daily running over the Easter period has now come to an end so we see the return of our midweek diesel railcar service on Wednesday.

First train departs Oxenhope (diesel railcar) at 09.00 with 5820 operating from 11.00 and on Sunday, the first passenger service is steam hauled at 10.15, 5820 working a two train service with the diesel railcar.

With Spring now upon us (in theory at least) the railbus has been retired to Haworth Shed and the diesel service will be in the capable hands of our Class 101 diesel multiple unit which will also be on duty on the Wednesday railcar service. Seen as a “modern” form of rail travel, this class of diesel unit was itself introduced over 60 years ago.

Nunlow’s Nightcap

This Saturday sees the last day in service before overhaul of the Bahamas Locomotive Society’s, Hudswell Clark 0-6-0T no. 1704 ‘Nunlow’. Starting at 16.10 from Oxenhope, ‘Nunlow will be operating 3 round trips the full length of the branch before retiring to the BLS Loco Works at Ingrow West.

A special ale, Nunlow’s Nightcap’, has been brewed by Bridgehouse Brewery to mark the occasion and there will be live music from the popular cover band, ‘Wired’, between 18.20 and 19.00 on Platform 4 at Keighley. For all the information visit the Nunlow’s Nighcap page of the 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.

Photographers visiting the Railway to capture Nunlow’s last stand, will also have the bonus of 5820 operating the ‘Haworth ‘Haddock’.

 

Locomotive Roster for Weekend 7th & 8th April and weekday to 13th April 2018

BR Standard 4MT 4-6-0 75078 has held the fort throughout the week and should be taking a well earned break this weekend. USATC S160 2-8-0 5820 is scheduled to takes its place at the head of the steam service on Saturday and Sunday. However, with 5820 having had to be withdrawn last weekend for repairs to be carried out, should the work not be concluded in time, 75078 will step into the breach, and its rest will have to wait until Monday.

The Easter half term programme of services continue Monday – Friday when MR 4F 0-6-0 43924 will provide the power on all services during the week.

The diesel services on Saturday and Sunday will be handled by our Class 101 diesel multiple unit, with the diesel railbus retired to the comparative warmth of Haworth Shed.

On Saturday the first train departs Oxenhope (diesel railcar) at 09.00 with steam locomotive trains operating from 11.00 and on Sunday, the first passenger service is steam hauled at 10.15, working a two train service with the diesel multiple unit. Weekday has the pink timetable in use with the first service leaving Oxenhope at 10.00.

For the timetables 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 Good Friday 30th March to 5th April 2018

The Blue timetable is in operation on all 4 days of the Easter weekend so it will be steam locomotives on all trains over the weekend. The first train departs Oxenhope each day at 10.15 and the last departure of the day is 17.15 from Keighley.

BR Standard 4MT 4-6-0 75078 is back this weekend after hauling the steam services last weekend but will be joined by USATC S160 2-8-0 5820 at the head of the second service Friday to Monday.

On Tuesday 75078 continues and, with only one steam service operating all day Tuesday – Friday, 5820 rests from duty. The first train departs Oxenhope at 10.00.

There are no diesel services this weekend but return on Saturday 6th April.

For the timetables 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 Weekend 24th & 25th March and Mid-week 28th March 2018

BR Standard 4MT 4-6-0 75078 is back this weekend at the head of the steam service on Saturday and Sunday. The Easter programme of services start next Friday and the roster for Friday and Easter week will be posted on Thursday, 29th March.

First train departs Oxenhope (diesel railcar) at 09.00 with 75078 operating from 11.00 and on Sunday, the first passenger service is steam hauled at 10.15, working a two train service with the diesel railbus.

The diesel service will be in the capable hands of our railbus M79964 which will also be on duty on the Wednesday railcar service. It is well worth taking a journey in this vehicle which celebrates its 60th birthday this year.

For the timetables 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.

Bradford Railways in Colour

A nostalgic look at Bradford’s busy railway network in the 1960s, with many photographs never seen in print before, each with an informative caption. This full colour album covers the former Midland Railway lines to the north of what was once the ‘Wool Capital’ of the world.

Development of Bradford’s railway network was long and tortuous. After a slow start in the early 1840s, the network grew gradually over the next 50 years, but its rapid decline in the 1960s left the city with barely a skeleton network.

In particular, the sheer volume of rail freight traffic generated by Bradford’s industries is now quite difficult to comprehend but a stark reminder of what has been lost is provided in a new book by railway historians Alan Whitaker and Jan Rapacz who grew up in the city and witnessed the decline first hand.

This is the third in a series of full colour albums charting railway operations in the Bradford area in the years just before, and just after, many local stations and goods yards were closed. The first two in the series provided detailed coverage of the post war decline of the former Great Northern Railway’s long lost lines to Halifax and Keighley via Queensbury.

Full Colour hardback, 112 pages. Price: £19.95 from Haworth, ring the sales hotline on 01535 640464 (11.00 – 16.00 Monday – Friday) or email shop@kwvr.co.uk.

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Locomotive Roster for Weekend 17th & 18th March and Mid-week 21st March 2018

The Spring Gala has been hailed a great success by everyone that attended and the crews and railway volunteers certainly delivered what one person described as the best KWVR Gala he had attended.

However, all good things must come to end and our guest locomotives, 70013 ‘Oliver Cromwell’ and 53808 have returned by road to their respective home railways, the Great Central at Loughborough and the West Somerset Railway at Minehead respectively. However one guest locomotive has stayed behind  and steam services will run on Saturday and Sunday, this weekend with Ian Riley’s LMS Class 5MT ‘Black 5’  4-6-0 44871 as the motive power.

The weekend diesel service will once again have railbus M79964 providing the accommodation. However the Wednesday railcar service will see the Class 101 diesel multiple unit making a re-appearance after a while on the sidelines.

On Saturday the first train departs Oxenhope (diesel railcar) at 09.00 with 44871 operating from 11.00 and on Sunday, the first passenger service is steam hauled at 10.15, working a two train service with the diesel railbus.

For the timetables 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 Weekend 3rd & 4th March and Mid-week 7th March 2018

Snow permitting, steam services will run on Saturday and Sunday, this weekend with BR Standard 4MT 4-6-0 75078 on a 4 coach train, including real ale buffet car.

This week’s midweek diesel railcar service was a very welcome sight for locals wanting to travel into Keighley. Despite the snow, as always, our volunteers rose to the occasion and made sure that the service ran as advertised and some used the service as a means of getting about the Valley with other forms of transport struggling. The weekend and mid-week railbus services will once again have railbus M79964 providing the accommodation.

On Saturday the first train departs Oxenhope (diesel railcar) at 09.00 with 75078 operating from 11.00 and on Sunday, the first passenger service is steam hauled at 10.15, working a two train service with the diesel railbus.

For the timetables 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 Weekend 10th & 11th and Weekdays 12th – 16th February 2018

Firstly an apology for the lack of a notification of the roster for last weekend. With maintenance being carried out on the original rostered locomotive still ongoing, it was not possible to determine the engine in time to send out a post and it was an 11th hour decision to use Standard 4MT 4-6-0 75078 in its stead.

No such problems (hopefully) this week with TVR Class o2 0-6-2T no. 85 rostered for a 4 coach set Saturday, right through to Friday with mid-week running on the timetable for the schools’ half term. The Saturday morning and all day Sunday diesel service will be in the hands of our diesel railbus M79964.

With Paddington arriving on the Railway Wednesday and Thursday, there will be a 2 train steam service Wednesday – Friday. Unfortunately the second locomotive has not been determined as this notification goes out. Keep an eye out on the website and social media for updates.

For the timetables 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.

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.

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 Roster for Weekend 1st & 2nd October and Wednesday 5th October 2016

Over the 2 days of the weekend, BR Class 4MT 4-6-0 75078 will be at the head of the main service with Taff Vale Railway 0-6-2T no. 85 once again providing the second steam service for the third week in succession, on Sunday.

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The morning weekend diesel service and the mid-week diesel railbus service will be in the hands of the Class 101 diesel multiple unit.

For the timetables in operation this weekend, please click HERE to visit the timetable page.

Whilst every effort will made to ensure that the advised motive power and coaching stock are available, the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway reserve the right to change this when operational circumstances so dictate.

Locomotive Roster for Weekend 19th & 20th March 2016

Firstly an apology for the omission of a roster announcement last week, the jungle telegraph was not at its best. USATC S160 2-8-0 5820 was at the head of the steam service and will once again be in action this weekend.

The diesel service will once again see railbus M79964 operating the diesel services.

It will soon be Easter when two steam train services operate on all 4 days of the Easter weekend. Anyone looking for the first timetabled outing for TVR 0-6-2T 85, keep an eye out for the second week of the Easter holiday, more on this in a few weeks time.

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 Weekend 20th & 21st February 2016

USATC S160 2-8-0 5820 was withdrawn during last Saturday’s service with a problem that prevented it completing it’s duties. 43924 substituted on Sunday and has been hauling the crowds that have been visiting for Postman Pat  throughout the week. However 5820 has been repaired and will be at the head of steam services this weekend.

Once again the diesel service will be in the hands of  diesel railbus M79964.

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 Weekend 20th & 21st February 2016

USATC 2-8-0 5820 was scheduled for the steam turn over the weekend but troubled developed late on Saturday. The air pump stopped working which caused the brakes to come on just outside Mytholmes Tunnel. Despite the best efforts of the crew, nothing seemed to be fixing the problem and accordingly assistance was summoned and came in due course in the shape of English Electric 0-6-0 D0226. The pump apparently coming back to life which meant that the two could run together back to Oxenhope.

Bar staff also rose to the occasion, reopening during the delay, providing delayed passengers with free soft and hot drinks to ease the disappointment of a delay to their journey.

The 3 photographs below show the locomotive at a standstill just below Ebor Bridge, D0226 reading for coupling up and the pair having arrived at Oxenhope as darkness creeps over the Valley.

With  5820 stopped for the problem to be investigated, MR 4F 0-6-0 43924 stepped into the breach on Sunday and this popular locomotive will continue, as scheduled, throughout the week on the half term timetable. On Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday the Railway is being visited by Postman Pat®, with the result that an additional diesel service will operate throughout the day on all 3 days which will be in the hands of diesel railbus M79964.

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.

February 2016 Half-Term

Young or not so young, from the local area or visiting from further afield, everyday of the February school half term, there is no need to worry about whether steam trains are operating. Throughout to the holiday steam trains will be in operation every day.

Postman Pat® visits us on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and to help you see everything you want to see, an extra diesel service is being provided  on all three days, throughout the day, in addition to timetable published in our literature. For more information about Postman Pat®, visit the Postman Pat® page on our main website

Travel by train and explore the area from all of our stations. Look at the timetable page to see the time of trains on the day of your visit and download the timetable at home. Or pick up a timetable leaflet from any KWVR station.

Locomotive Roster for Weekend 13th & 14th February 2016

For the last weekend before half-term, USATC S160 2-8-0 5820 will be hauling the steam service this weekend. Once again the diesel service will be in the hands of  diesel railbus M79964.

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 Weekend 6th & 7th February 2016

BR ‘Standard’ 4MT  4-6-0 75078 has now been withdrawn for its  annual inspection ready for the Winter Steam Gala and so USATC S160 2-8-0 5820 steps in on the steam service this weekend. The diesel service will be in the hands of  diesel railbus M79964.

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 Weekend 30th & 31st January 2016

Having born the brunt of the January weekend steam roster, this will be the last weekend of action on Saturday and Sunday for BR ‘Standard’ 4MT  4-6-0 75078 which will be withdrawn for its annual inspection ready for the Winter Steam Gala. The diesel service will be in the hands of  diesel railbus M79964.

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.

Summer Employment Opportunities 2016

The Keighley and Worth Valley Railway will once again be operating intensively in Spring and Summer, starting from Monday 30th May until Friday 9th September. This operation requires a significant amount of staff and consequently, there will be a number of opportunities for Temporary Summer Employment during this period.

Ideally, applicants should be available for all or most of that period, but in any case for at least 6 continuous weeks. A core team will be required until 10th July when the Peak Service commences, with additional employees required on and after that date.

Duties will include, but are not limited to, Stations (Booking Office, Foreman, and Crossing Keepers), Buffets (including bar work), Sales, Steam Raisers and Track Walkers. (One would hope in warmer conditions than these taken in January)

For more details and application form, click HERE to visit our main website.