Virtual Locomotive Roster for Mid-Week 6th – 9th April & Good Friday 2020

The virtual weekend with ‘City of Wells’ was a great success in the Spring sunshine. Now we enter Easter fortnight with a whole week of virtual passenger trains. For the weekend we time-warped back to 2015. For the weekday running and Good Friday its back one more year, to 2014 when three locomotives share duties.

The weekday service is in the hands of 43924 and, after returning from overhaul, earlier in the year in a pseudo-BR black livery as 95820, Good Friday sees ‘Big Jim’ re-appear in its newly applied authentic grey USATC livery together with a miraculously overhauled WD 90733. And if that was not enough, the morning diesel service will see the railbus replaced by diesel locomotive haulage.

  • Monday 6th April – Thursday 9th April
    Virtual Steam service – Midland Railway Class 4F 0-6-0 43924
    Timetable – Virtually Pink Timetable
  • Good Friday 10th April:
    Virtual Steam service – USATC S160 2-8-0 5820
    Virtual Steam service – British Railways WD 2-8-0 90733
    Virtual Diesel service – British Railways Type 1, Class 20 BO – BO Diesel Electric No. 20 031
    Timetable – Virtually Blue Timetable.

 

Virtual Locomotive Roster for Weekend 4th & 5th April 2020

If you are anything like me, I am missing my weekly routine of digging out the roster for the forthcoming weekend and letting all the subscribers to news@kwvr know what is running this weekend. So to keep us all in touch, we will be sending out a virtual roster based on what was running on the equivalent days in a year gone by. This week, 2015 – Easter weekend, 4th & 5th April. So what do we have on offer in this virtual roster for Saturday 4th and Sunday 6th April 2020 (ignoring the fact that Bridge 11 is missing at Ingrow and ignoring the fact that on Easter Saturday there was a two steam train service).

Returning from its new home on the East Lancashire Railway, the much missed West Country Pacific ‘City of Wells’ returns .

  • Saturday 4th April
    Virtual Steam service – Southern Railways ‘West Country’ Pacific ‘34092 ‘City of Wells’
    Virtual Morning Diesel service – British Railways Metropolitan-Cammel Class 101 Diesel Multiple Unit No’s. M51189 & Sc51803
    Timetable – Virtually Green Timetable
  • Sunday 5th April:
    Virtual Steam service – Southern Railways ‘West Country’ Pacific ‘34092 ‘City of Wells’
    Virtual Diesel service – British Railways Metropolitan-Cammel Class 101 Diesel Multiple Unit No’s. M51189 & Sc51803
    Timetable – Virtually Blue Timetable.

 

Worth Saving – the KWVR Support Appeal

It has been brought to our attention, that on some devices, problems are being experienced when trying to make a donation. We apologies if you are experiencing problems and ask that you follow a new link by clicking on the image below that will take you to the appeal page of the website:

Thank you for supporting us at this difficult time. If you continue to have problems please email news@kwvr.co.uk, thank you

Worth Saving – the KWVR Support Appeal

2020 has been a challenging year so far. We’ve had to replace a 115 year old bridge at the cost of £150,000, have been hit by the worst flooding in years leaving us with a heavy repair bill, and now we are expecting further financial loss due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

On 19 March, increased measures put into place by the government meant that we had to close the railway to all but essential work.  Our volunteers are at the heart of our railway and their health and well-being as well as that of our passengers and staff is our top priority.

We are unsure how long the railway will be closed, but as a registered charity the cancellation of our passenger trains, events and the closure of our commercial outlets will hit us hard.

This appeal is the first in a possible series of fundraising initiatives we will be delivering. Please help support us through this difficult time by donating whatever you can. We will share more information on our other fundraising plans through our website and social media and directly to our members through the Push and Pull magazine.

Your donation will go towards keeping the railway afloat, and with your help we’ll be able to continue doing what we do best.

To donate, please click the ‘Worth Saving’ logo below. Thank you for all your support and donations.

 

Covid-19 Update 19th March 2020

We’ve tried really hard to keep things as normal as possible this week and had hoped to continue running our advertised passenger trains as normal. We’ve been closely monitoring the situation and as the health and wellbeing of our passengers, volunteers and staff is our top priority, we’ve made the decision to close the railway to all but essential work.

This means that there will be no passenger trains, shop or café facilities until further notice.

The events below have also been cancelled:

Sparkle & Steam: 11 April & 8-9, 23 May

Haworth Haddock: 25 April & 30 May

If you have pre-booked any of the above events you should have received an email from us detailing the options open to you. If you haven’t received this please email: bookings@kwvr.co.uk, but please bear with us for a reply as it’s a very busy time for the admin team.

We will continue to monitor the situation and will keep you updated with any further changes.

As a registered charity you can imagine that these cancellations have hit us hard, and we really appreciate all your support at this difficult time.

COVID-19 Update

Please be rest assured that, like many businesses across the UK, we’re closely monitoring the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and are following UK Government guidelines to ensure the safety of our passengers, volunteers and staff.

Currently our advertised passenger trains will continue to run as normal however we will be monitoring the situation closely and may make changes as and when necessary.

We are currently making adjustments to our events programme and changes to these will be announced individually.

We will keep you up to date via our communication channels as the situation evolves. Please visit our website to find information on our forthcoming services and any restrictions or cancelled events.

We would like to remind all visitors of the importance of good hand and personal hygiene at all times.

Latest government information on coronavirus can be found on the Department for Health and Social Care’s website.

https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-of-health-and-social-care

Bridge 11 Update

The last passenger train headed by Standard Class 2 78022 and captured by regular contributor, Chris King, has rumbled across the old ‘Bridge 11’ and all eight concrete bridge components are now on site (see previous report) ready for the big lift starting Monday, 16th March.

Although it has been a few weeks since the concrete beams were moved on site from Ingrow, the civil engineers have not been idle.

Work in the last few weeks has included drilling replacement sleepers in Oakworth Yard ready to take track over the new bridge, laying a pathway through Ingrow Tunnel and, recently, building a walkway between the banks of the River Worth.

What happens now?

Locomotive Roster for the weekend Saturday 14th & Sunday 15th March 2020

The motive power for the weekend 14th & 15th March will be as follows:

  • Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th March
    Steam service – British Railways Standard Class 2MT 2-6-0 78022 (seen below just after crossing Bridge 11 on 16th February)
    Diesel service – British Railways Waggon & Maschinenbau Diesel Railbus No. M79964
    Timetable – Green Timetable both days

Whilst every effort will be 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.

This weekend is the last weekend in which we will be operating a full line railway passenger service before the Civil Engineers descend on Bridge 11, south of Ingrow Tunnel and replace the 115 year old structure with the new one, the eight components of which are on site ready for work to commence. In order to facilitate the preparations, this weekend will see the Green timetable in operation on both days with access to the lineside restricted north of Damems Station.

Therefore, Sunday will see the last passenger services using the ‘old’ Bridge 11; the 16.30 from Oxenhope being the last passenger service northbound and the 17.15 service from Keighley the very last passenger train to cross the 115 year old structure before it is removed next week. The Engineers then have possession of the line between Ingrow and Damems for 3 weeks before whole line services return (weather permitting) on Saturday 4th April.

£15,000 has been raised by the Railway’s appeal to raise the £150,000 needed to replace the bridge and has been matched by a similar figure by the KWVR Trust. But that still leaves £120,000; the appeal is still open and your contributions are very much welcomed. For more information on the bridge and how you can contribute to the appeal, click HERE.

Dr. Matthew Stroh and Nick Bennett, chairmen of the KWVRPS and the KWVR operating company respectively, receive the cheque from David Hanson of the KWVR Trust.

Second Visiting Locomotive for June Diesel Gala

British Railways Diesel Electric ‘Deltic’ Class 55, 55 019 ‘Royal Highland Fusilier’

The KWVR are delighted to confirm, with thanks to our friends at the Deltic Preservation Society, that Class 55 ‘Deltic’, 55 019 ‘Royal Highland Fusilier’ will be our second visiting locomotive at our June Diesel Gala, taking place between 26 – 28th June. The locomotive last visited us in 2018 as part of the 50th Anniversary Gala and we’re delighted to see a Deltic return to Yorkshire metals once again as part of what is looking like a busy Summer for the locomotive.

Locomotive Roster for the Spring Steam Gala Friday 6th – Sunday 8th March 2020

The motive power for the 2020 Spring Steam Gala will be as follows:

  • Friday 6th March – SIX locomotives
    Great Western Railway Class 41xx 2-6-2T 4144
    British Railways ‘Ivatt’ Class 2MT 2-6-2T 41241
    LMS ‘Jubillee’ Class 4-6-0 45596 ‘Bahamas’
    LMS Class 5MT 4-6-0 45212
    USATC S160 2-8-0 5820
    Taff Vale Railway Class O2 0-6-2T no. 85
    (Standby – British Railways Class 2MT 2-6-0 78022)
  • Saturday 7th March – SEVEN Locomotives
    Great Western Railway Class 41xx 2-6-2T 4144
    British Railways ‘Ivatt’ Class 2MT 2-6-2T 41241
    LMS ‘Jubillee’ Class 4-6-0 45596 ‘Bahamas’
    LMS Class 5MT 4-6-0 45212
    Midland Railway Class 4F 0-6-0 43924
    British Railways Class 2MT 2-6-0 78022
    Taff Vale Railway Class O2 0-6-2T no. 85
    (Standby – USATC S160 2-8-0 5820)
  • Sunday 8th March – SEVEN Locomotives
    Great Western Railway Class 41xx 2-6-2T 4144
    LMS ‘Jubillee’ Class 4-6-0 45596 ‘Bahamas’
    LMS Class 5MT 4-6-0 45212
    Midland Railway Class 4F 0-6-0 43924
    British Railways Class 2MT 2-6-0 78022
    USATC S160 2-8-0 5820
    Taff Vale Railway Class O2 0-6-2T no. 85
    (Standby – British Railways ‘Ivatt’ Class 2MT 2-6-2T 41241)

Whilst every effort will be 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.

We look forward to seeing you all on the 6th – 8th March for what promises to be another exciting KWVR Steam Gala

Locomotive Roster for the weekend Saturday 29th February & Sunday 1st March 2020

The motive power for the weekend 29th February and 1st March will be as follows:

  • Saturday 29th February
    Steam service – LMS Class 5MT 4-6-0 45212

    Diesel service – British Railways Waggon & Maschinenbau Diesel Railbus No. M79964
    Timetable – Green Timetable
  • Sunday 1st March
    Steam service – LMS Class 5MT 4-6-0 45212
    Diesel service – British Railways Waggon & Maschinenbau Diesel Railbus No. M79964
    Timetable – Blue Timetable

Whilst every effort will be 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.

Spring Steam Gala News

We are pleased to say that our guest locomotive, GWR 41xx Class 2-6-2T no. 4144 has arrived on the Railway from Didcot, having been delivered to Ingrow overnight. And Ben Bucki was on hand in atrocious conditions to photograph D0226 ‘Vulcan’ taking it for secure storage at Haworth ready for next weekend’s Gala (let’s hope the weather is somewhat brighter and, more importantly for our rain soaked countryside, drier.

In addition we are delighted to say that the midnight oil has been burnt and both the Working and Passenger Gala timetables are now available on the website

We look forward to seeing you all on the 6th – 8th March for what promises to be another exciting KWVR Steam Gala

Class 144 ‘Pacer’ for KWVR

The Keighley & Worth Valley Railway is pleased to announce that following 34 years of service on the local railway lines of West Yorkshire, Class 144 ‘Pacer’ Diesel Unit number 144011 will be transferred to us from Porterbrook Leasing Company, current owners of the Class 144 units.

The Class 144 ‘Pacer’ unit will move to our base in Haworth following its retirement from operation on the national rail network with Northern, currently expected to be in late May.

Click HERE for comments from KWVRPS Chairman, Matt Stroh, Porterbrook’s Head of Communications and Engagement, Rupert Brennan Brown, and KWVR Director, Tim Moody, and for further information about the latest acquisition to the KWVR diesel fleet.

If any readers of this post have photographs of unit 144011 from introduction in 1986 in their collection, we will be delighted to receive them for our historical records of this unit in service on the national network. Please email them to news@kwvr.co.uk

Furthermore if diesels units and their maintenance are an interest to you, why not join our our group of DMU volunteers who are always keen to recruit new volunteers of all ages and skill to help maintain and restore our fleet of Diesel Multiple Unit and Diesel Railbus vehicles at Haworth. Interested? Email volunteer@kwvr.co.uk

Locomotive Roster for the weekend Saturday 22nd & Sunday 23rd February 2020

The motive power for the weekend 22nd & 23rd February will be as follows:

  • Saturday 22nd February
    Steam service – USATC S160 2-8-0 5820

    Diesel service – British Railways Waggon & Maschinenbau Diesel Railbus No. M79964
    Timetable – Green Timetable
  • Sunday 23rd February:
    Steam service – USATC S160 2-8-0 5820
    Diesel service – British Railways Waggon & Maschinenbau Diesel Railbus No. M79964
    Timetable – Blue Timetable

Whilst every effort will be 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.

Bridge 11 – Update

Until the end of January, despite much publicity about the condition of Bridge 11 at Ingrow and the £150,000 appeal to fund its replacement, there have been few signs to the general public of the impending work.

That all changed on Wednesday 29th and Thursday 30th January when the new Bridge 11 was delivered to Ingrow and the 8 constituents parts moved by rail to sit alongside the tracks ready for the major work to take place in late March, when the 115 year old bridge will be removed and the new bridge craned into place.

For further information and a pictorial record of the movement of the eight components, click HERE.

Visiting Locomotive for June Diesel Gala

British Railways Diesel Hydraulic ‘Warship’ Class, D821 ‘Greyhound’

We are delighted to announce, with thanks to the Diesel Traction Group at the Severn Valley Railway, that our first guest locomotive at the Diesel Gala will be Swindon built Diesel Hydraulic locomotive D821 ‘Greyhound’.

Built in 1960 as part of the British Railways modernisation plan, D821 is one of the two preserved Warship class locomotives from the original 38 built by BR at Swindon Works. ‘Greyhound’ is based on the Severn Valley Railway and is used throughout their running season.

March Spring Steam Gala

Keep a look out on the website and Social Media for an imminent announcement of the guest steam locomotive at our March Spring Steam Gala.

Locomotive Roster for the weekend Saturday 15th & Sunday 16th October & Weekdays to 21st February 2020

The motive power for the weekend 15th & 16th February and Weekdays 17th – 21st February will be as follows:

  • Saturday 15th February
    Steam service – Midland Railway Class 4F 0-6-0 43924
    Diesel service – British Railways Waggon & Maschinenbau Diesel Railbus No. M79964
    Timetable – Green Timetable
  • Sunday 16th February:
    Steam service – Midland Railway Class 4F 0-6-0 43924
    Diesel service – British Railways Waggon & Maschinenbau Diesel Railbus No. M79964
    Timetable – Blue Timetable
  • Monday 17th,  Tuesday 18th & Friday 21st February:
    Steam service – British Railways Class 2MT 2-6-0 78022
    Timetable – Pink Timetable
  • Wednesday 19th & Thursday 20th February (Jurassic Specials):
    Steam service – British Railways Class 2MT 2-6-0 78022
    Steam service – Taff Vale Railway Class O2 0-6-2T no. 85
    Timetable – Jurassic Timetable

Whilst every effort will be 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.

Storm Ciara Causes Flooding of Haworth

Storm Ciara has caused havoc right across West Yorkshire with major flooding being experienced right across the county. Sadly, we have to report that the KWVR, especially Haworth Yard, the subject of serious flooding on Boxing Day 2015, has not escaped and once again the Railway had to cancel services as Bridgehouse Beck burst its banks so flooding the yard and turning the trackbed through Haworth Station into a raging torrent

These two sets of photographs appear very similar. Taken over four years apart, the first two images show the extensive flooding of Haworth Yard today (9th February 2020) and the other two photographs taken from the same vantage point on Boxing Day 2015. They say that ‘lightening doesn’t strike twice’ but the flooding of Haworth Yard, by heavy storms over the Pennines swelling Bridgehouse Beck to bursting, certainly does.

 

With the waters having subsided, the big clean up begins by our volunteers, ready for the schools’ half term that starts next weekend.

To see the extent of the flooding and the damage created, click HERE for images taken by volunteers Paul Holroyd and James Horrell

Locomotive Roster for the weekend Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th February 2020 – Amendment

Following difficulties with Taff Vale Railway Class 02 0-6-2T no. 85, this weekend’s steam hauled passenger service will now be in the capable hands of British Railways Standard Class 2MT 2-6-0 78022

 

Locomotive Roster for the weekend Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th February 2020

The motive power for the weekend 8th & 9th February will be as follows:

  • Saturday 8th February
    Steam service – Taff Vale Railways Class 02 0-6-2T 85

    Diesel service – British Railways Waggon & Maschinenbau Diesel Railbus No. M79964
    Timetable – Green Timetable
  • Sunday 9th February
    Steam service – Taff Vale Railways Class 02 0-6-2T 85
    Diesel service – British Railways Waggon & Maschinenbau Diesel Railbus No. M79964
    Timetable – Blue Timetable

This week the eight component parts of the replacement Bridge 11, south of Ingrow Tunnel, arrived at Ingrow and were transported to the site ready for work to commence in March.. The Railway is running an appeal to raise the £150,000 needed to replace the bridge. For more information on the bridge and how you can contribute to the appeal, click HERE.

Whilst every effort will be 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.