Virtual Locomotive Roster for Weekend 4th & 5th July and Wednesday 8th – Friday 10th July 2020

Four year’s ago all was well in the Valley with COVID-19 not even on the horizon, but all was not well with BR Class 4MT 4-6-0 75078 which had to be withdrawn from service the previous weekend. However repairs were concluded and the 60 year old locomotive took up its next scheduled duty the next weekend. This week we go back to 2016.

Our Vintage Sunday service was in action with Taff Vale Railway no. 85 at the head of a set of mixed vintage coaches, from the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Trust and Vintage Carriages Trust:

The motive power for these virtual passenger services will be as follows:

  • Saturday 4th July 2020
    Steam service – British Railways Class 4MT 4-6-0 75078
    Diesel service – Metropolitan-Cammel Diesel Multiple Unit Class 101 No’s. M51189 & Sc51803
  • Sunday 5th July 2020:
    Steam service – British Railways Class 4MT 4-6-0 75078
    Steam service – Taff Vale Railway Class O2 0-6-2 85 (Vintage Train)
  • Wednesday 8th July – Friday 10th July 2020:
    Steam service – Taff Vale Railway Class O2 0-6-2 85

Timetables:

  • Saturday 4th July – Green timetable
  • Sunday 5th July – Blue Vintage Trains timetable
  • Wednesday 8th July – Friday 10th July – Pink Timetable

Steaming Around Yorkshire Supports the ‘Worth Saving’ Appeal

 

This week we come to the end of our video journey and not only thank SAY for making their magnificent gesture but also you, the buying public, for giving their gesture your full support and raising much needed funds for out ‘Worth Saving’ Appeal.

The Steaming Around Yorkshire (SAY) team are supporting our ‘Worth Saving’ Appeal, helping our target of raising a minimum of £200,000 to ensure steam hauled passenger trains remain in the Worth Valley.

The SAY team came up with an offer that not only staves off the continued television boredom but brings you right to the heart of KWVR action, even though there are no passenger services in the Valley for the foreseeable future. With everyone pulling together, what seemed an ambitious target when launched, the ‘Worth Saving’ Appeal minimum target has been reached with a shade over £200,000 donated or raised through initiatives like this. SAY have been donating ALL PROFITS from the sale of their KWVR DVDs, bought through their online KWVR Shop and these have been going straight into the ‘WORTH SAVING’ APPEAL.

The KWVR has been saved – FOR NOW! But major challenges lie ahead, so the ‘Worth Saving Appeal remains open and we have more videos on offer this week from SAY.

On offer this week : Winter Steam Galas from 2012 and 2013, 2013 Autumn Steam Gala and year review from 2016.

This weeks ‘Worth Saving’ Appeal DVDs : 28th June – 4th July

With the Railway slowly starting to come back to life  and most of our volunteers and staff not allowed on KWVR property, SAY will administer the orders and post them out to you. On their website they also have videos of other preserved railways, BUT only the profits of KWVR videos bought from KWVR Shop are included in this Appeal promotion.

Just click on the image below to go straight to the SAY – KWVR ONLINE SHOP

 

KWVR Awarded Heritage Lottery Fund Grant

The Keighley & Worth Valley Railway has received £50,000 National Lottery support to help address the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on heritage railways

The Keighley & Worth Valley Railway has received £50,000 from The National Lottery Heritage Fund to enable the Railway to complete the replacement of a 115-year-old bridge, work on which was halted at the outbreak of the pandemic.

Since the Covid-19 pandemic began the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway has been completely closed, and during lockdown activities were limited to essential maintenance and security tasks. The Railway has had no income from passengers since the last trains ran in mid-March.

The funding, made possible by National Lottery players, was awarded through The National Lottery Heritage Fund’s Heritage Emergency Fund. £50million has been made available to provide emergency funding for those most in need across the heritage sector, and the KWVR is one of the beneficiaries of those funds.

The UK-wide fund will address both immediate emergency actions and help organisations to start thinking about recovery.

For the full statement from the KWVR and The National Lottery Heritage Fund, click HERE

Virtual Locomotive Roster for Friday 26th to Sunday 28th June and Wednesday 1st to Friday 3rd July 2020

In 2020 this coming weekend was earmarked for the return of the Diesel Gala after an absence of 6 years, although we had diesels at our 50th Anniversary celebrations and at our Mixed Traffic Gala in 2019.

So we take a trip back this week to 2014 when we hosted the last Diesel Gala and welcomed three guest locomotives plus one returnee after many years of toil by it’s owner, Ben Wade, to return it to action. So our virtual lineup this weekend will be

Class 25 no. D5217 – owned by Nemisis Rail and currently under restoration


Class 33 no. 33 035 – owned by the Pioneer Diesel Loco Group, is normally based at the Ecclesbourne Valley Line in Derbyshire.


Class 31 no. D5830 – owned by Type One Loco Ltd and based at the Great Central Railway

From the home fleet
Class 20 no. 20 031
Class 25 no. 25 059
Class 37 no. 37 075
0-6-0 D0226 Vulcan
0-6-0 D32 returning to action after a long period of restoration

In 2014 as today, there was a weekday steam service with the locomotive taking the honours this virtual year as in 2014, USATC S160 2-8-0 5820

 

Bridge on the River Worth

Bridge on the River Worth, a Two Part Trilogy with James Barlow (Alec Guinness) as Lieutenant Colonel Nicholson

On 16th March 2020, our Civil Engineers embarked on probably the biggest civil engineering project in the history of the KWVR during the preservation era. The first instalment of our trilogy takes us through to Tuesday, March 24th March. The second instalment covers a time when the highlight of our unfinished bridge was the passage of the daily security walkers, so, in reality our trilogy is only in two parts, but a trilogy nonetheless.

Preparation work on some weekends is taking place between now and Friday 17th July and then on Saturday 18th July the beams will be lifted in place, followed by a two week possession to finish this mammoth task. With work starting again to ‘finish the job’, Chief Civil Engineer, James Barlow, takes up the story, a story he wasn’t expecting to write of a job handed to him when appointed to his new role – From the 16th March to the Imposition of Lockdown.

Click HERE to read the full story of Part 1 – From the 16th March to the Imposition of Lockdown.

Preparations for re-opening

While the railway was closed and there was no visible signs of work, not all was as it seemed. By now you must be wondering what the KWVR is doing to prepare for re-opening sometime in the not too distant future, a future, albeit a different one, not too far away.

Operations Manager, Noel Hatley takes up the story.

Well the answer, we’ve been doing quite a bit!

From tasks as simple as weed killing on the track to the more complex matter of keeping our steam loco boilers alive, we have had a steady number of essential tasks to do over the past few weeks.

We are working on plans to expand our activity over the next few weeks and re-commence work on our construction site near Ingrow where we are replacing a bridge.

If you live locally you may start to see engineering trains running within a week and we can assure you that we are taking all the necessary measures to protect our staff, volunteers and others they come into contact with – Safety is our highest priority.

As we are now beginning to run trains again at all sorts of times of the day, it is very important that you STAY OFF THE TRACKS. We have had a high level of trespass and it cannot be more clear how dangerous this is.

You can find more information on our plans at https://kwvr.co.uk/challenges-ahead/

Virtual Locomotive Roster for Weekend 13th & 14th June and weekdays 17th -19th June 2020

Our time travel this week takes us back to 2014. Just like last week, there was no vintage train service on Sunday in 2014 when MR 4F 0-6-0 43924, hauling a Father’s Day luncheon service, joined USATC S160 2-8-0 5820. Our imaginations have to stretch a little further as this year Taff Vale Class O2 0-6-2T no. 85 would have been the preferred locomotive for our vintage trains but six years ago was still a kit of parts in Haworth Locomotive Works.

The mainstay of this weekend’s virtual steam service will be USATC S160 2-8-0 5820 and the diesel turn will have our Class 101 Diesel Multiple Unit running the services with the first train leaving Haworth at 09.00 on Saturday. On Sunday 5820 will be joined by LNWR 0-6-2 ‘Coal Tank’ no. 1054 hauling the vintage train service comprising coaches from the late 19th and early 20th centuries belonging to the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Trust and Vintage Carriages Trust.

The virtual Wednesday – Friday service, just as in 2014, will have 5820 continuing on from it’s weekend duties.

  • Saturday 13th June:
    Virtual Steam service – USATC S160 2-8-0 5820

    Virtual Morning Diesel service – British Railways Metropolitan-Cammel Class 101 Diesel Multiple Unit No’s. M51189 & Sc51803
  • Sunday 14th June:
    Virtual Steam service – USATC S160 2-8-0 5820
    Virtual Vintage Steam service – LNWR ‘Coal Tank’ 0-6-2 1054
  • Wednesday 17th June – Friday 19th June:
    Virtual Steam service – British Railways USATC S160 2-8-0 5820

Virtual Timetables:

Virtual Locomotive Roster for Weekend 6th & 7th June and weekdays 10th -12th June 2020

In looking back over past years, it would be very helpful if the services we ran matched the services we would have been running in 2020. In 2017 our roster post stated “A weekend of normal” running with no special trains and the standard Green timetable on Saturday and Blue timetable on Sunday”. So in our look back, we have to be a little more inventive as in 2020 we would be running Vintage Trains this Sunday.

The mainstay of this weekend’s virtual steam service will be BR Standard 4 4-6-0 75078, the first steam service on Saturday departing Oxenhope at 11.00 for 5 round trips to Keighley and the diesel turn will have our Class 101 Diesel Multiple Unit running the services with the first train leaving Oxenhope at 09.00 on Saturday. On Sunday 75078 will be joined by LNWR 0-6-2 ‘Coal Tank’ no. 1054 hauling the virtual vintage train service comprising coaches from the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

The virtual weekday service, just as in 2017, will have WD 2-8-0 90733 hauling the service.

  • Saturday 6th June:
    Virtual Steam service – British Railways Class 4MT 4-6-0 75078

    Virtual Morning Diesel service – British Railways Metropolitan-Cammel Class 101 Diesel Multiple Unit No’s. M51189 & Sc51803
  • Sunday 7th June:
    Virtual Steam service – British Railways Class 4MT 4-6-0 75078
    Virtual Vintage Steam service – LNWR ‘Coal Tank’ 0-6-2 1054
  • Wednesday 10th June – Friday 12th June:
    Virtual Steam service – British Railways WD 2-8-0 90733

Virtual Timetables:

 

 

 

Virtual Locomotive Roster for the Weekend 30th & 31st May and Wednesday 3rd – Friday 5th June 2020

This week on our virtual look back in time, we return to the last year of the decade, 2019, but this year we have the added bonus of a virtual Diesel & Ale Saturday. The week’s virtual steam services will be handled by a combination of BR Standard Class 2MT 2-6-0 78022 at the weekend and Midland Railway 4F 0-6-0 43924 in operation on Sunday and weekdays. The virtual Diesel & Ale train on Saturday will have Class 20 20 031 at its head. In 2019 the weekday services from now until September ran Monday to Friday but cut back to Wednesday to Friday in 2020 for June and early July.

  • Saturday 30th May:
    Virtual Steam service – British Railways Class 2MT 2-6-0 78022
    Virtual Diesel & Ale service – British Railways Type 1, Class 20 BO – BO Diesel Electric No. 20 031
  • Sunday 31st May:
    Virtual Steam service – British Railways Class 2MT 2-6-0 78022

    Virtual Steam service – Midland Railway 4F 0-6-0 43924
  • Wednesday 3rd June – Friday 5th June:
    Virtual Steam service – Midland Railway 4F 0-6-0 43924

Virtual Timetables:

  • Saturday 30th May – Diesel & Ale Blue timetable
  • Sunday 31st May – Blue timetable
  • Wednesday 3rd June – Friday 5th June – Pink Timetable

 

Cancellation of Diesel Gala

The Covid-19 pandemic continues to create difficulties for the Railway and accordingly the planned Diesel Gala, due to take place 26th – 28th June has been cancelled. Despite recent Government announcements there is still a high level of uncertainty regarding the re-opening of the leisure and tourism sector and we are unable to say when we will be able to re-open, and when we do, what restrictions may apply to the trains we can operate.

Because we are still waiting for further government advice and instruction regarding when and how we can re-open we are unable to firm up plans for future events.

We find ourselves in difficult times. Costs have been reduced as much as possible, but there are still fixed overheads and contracts that we cannot avoid. As you are probably already aware we have launched a fundraising appeal, ‘Worth Saving’, to ensure the railway can continue to be enjoyed in the future. Securing our future is of the utmost importance to all our volunteers, our local area and the local economy and, indeed, the Diesel enthusiast

With so much uncertainty in 2020, we are already planning our events for 2021 when, hopefully, we can offer a bigger and better experience, not just for a rescheduled Diesel Gala but for all the events we are looking forward to staging in 2021.

To help us ensure the Diesel Gala is staged 2021 please, if you have not already done so, consider donating to the ‘Worth Saving’ Appeal.

We are sorry for any disappointment but thank all our supporters and visitors , in advance, for your continued support, and look forward to welcoming you to the Railway, hopefully in 2020, but, if not, 2021.    

Steaming Around Yorkshire Supports the ‘Worth Saving’ Appeal

With the Railway closed, no steam action available and the Railway appealing for donations in a financially harsh and challenging environment, the SAY film production guys looked for a way they can help the KWVR survive in these difficult times.

With so many of us sat at home with only endless repeats to watch on our televisions, the SAY team came up with an offer that not only staves off the television boredom but brings you right to the heart of KWVR action at the same time contributing, in no small way, towards achieving our £200,000 ‘Worth Saving’ Appeal target. ALL PROFITS from the sale of their KWVR DVDs, bought through their online KWVR Shop, will go straight to the ‘WORTH SAVING’ APPEAL.

Every week we will feature up to 5 DVDs that, over the next 9 weeks, chart the best of action on the Worth Valley branchline, including the 50th Anniversary week gala and the visit of the ‘Flying Scotsman’ that brought thousands to the railway to see this iconic engine in action.

With the Railway closed and all our volunteers and staff not allowed on KWVR property, SAY will administer the orders and post them out to you. On their website they also have videos of other preserved railways, BUT only the profits of KWVR videos bought from KWVR Shop are included in this Appeal promotion.

This weeks ‘Worth Saving’ Appeal DVDs : 16th – 22nd May

Just click on the image below to go straight to the SAY – KWVR ONLINE SHOP

Virtual Locomotive Roster for Weekend, 16th & 17th May 2020 and Mid-week 20th May 2020

This week our virtual roster takes us, once again, back to 2014, when not only was it the occasion of the Haworth 1940s weekend but also a special occasion when, on Saturday 17th May, Haworth Locomotive Works was witness to a ceremony of thanksgiving for the restoration of wartime locomotives WD 2-8-0 90733 from the UK, once more named for the day ‘Remembrance – less we forget’, and USTAC 2-8-0 5820 from the USA.

With last weekend’s celebration of the 75th Anniversary of VE Day, it is poignant to remember our ceremony of 6 years ago, a day also celebrating the 70th Anniversary of D-Day. The Liturgy and ‘Blessing’ was given by the Reverend Peter Mayo-Smith, Rector of Haworth and Psalm 121 was read by Andrew Simkins from the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway Preservation Society.

On Saturday Class 37 37 075 will be in virtual action, taking locomotive hauled stock in place of the scheduled Class 101 on the morning diesel service.

  • Saturday 16th May
    Virtual Steam service – USATC S160 2-8-0 5820
    Virtual Steam service – British Railways WD 2-8-0 90733
    Virtual Morning Diesel service – Diesel service – British Railways Type 3, Class 37 CO – CO Diesel Electric No. 37 075
    Timetable – Virtually Blue Saturday Timetable.
  • Sunday 17th May
    Virtual Steam service – USATC S160 2-8-0 5820
    Virtual Steam service – British Railways WD 2-8-0 90733
    Timetable – Virtually Blue Timetable.
  • Wednesday 20th May
    Virtual Diesel Railcar service – British Railways Metropolitan-Cammel Class 101 Diesel Multiple Unit No’s. M51189 & Sc51803
    Timetable – Virtually Yellow Timetable.

For the full story of the dedication ceremony, click HERE.

Virtual Locomotive Roster for Bank Holiday Weekend 8th – 10th May and Mid-week 13th May 2020

This week we take our virtual weekend back to 2018. Due to VE Day celebrations on the 8th May taking place across the UK, we will be operating a virtual Blue timetable on each day, so it will be steam locomotives on all trains, Friday and Sunday and an early morning diesel service on Saturday, with steam for the rest of the day. The steam services will be in the hands of S160 5820 being joined by MR 4F 43924.

The Saturday morning diesel railcar service will operate with the Class 101 diesel multiple unit. This week sees the virtual return of the Wednesday Diesel Railcar service on 13th May.

  • Friday 8th May
    Virtual Steam service – USATC S160 2-8-0 5820

    Virtual Steam service – Midland Railway Class 4F 0-6-0 43924
    Timetable – Virtually Blue Timetable.
  • Saturday 9th May
    Virtual Steam service – USATC S160 2-8-0 5820
    Virtual Steam service – Midland Railway Class 4F 0-6-0 43924
    Virtual Morning Diesel service – British Railways Metropolitan-Cammel Class 101 Diesel Multiple Unit No’s. M51189 & Sc51803
    Timetable – Virtually Blue Saturday Timetable.
  • Sunday 10th May
    Virtual Steam service – USATC S160 2-8-0 5820
    Virtual Steam service – Midland Railway Class 4F 0-6-0 43924
    Timetable – Virtually Blue Timetable.
  • Wednesday 13th May
    Virtual Diesel Railcar service – British Railways Metropolitan-Cammel Class 101 Diesel Multiple Unit No’s. M51189 & Sc51803
    Timetable – Virtually Yellow Timetable.

Locomotive Roster for Weekend 25th & 26th April 2020

April is nearly over and for the last weekend of the month we are back to 2018 when USATC S160 2-8-0 5820 hauled the final steam services of April on Saturday and Sunday with the Class 101 diesel multiple unit providing the early service on Saturday morning and the early morning service and spare paths between steam trains on Sunday.

The motive power for the the weekend’s virtual passenger services will be as follows:

  • Saturday 25th April
    Virtual Steam service – USATC S160 2-8-0 5820
    Virtual Morning Diesel service – British Railways Metropolitan-Cammel Class 101 Diesel Multiple Unit No’s. M51189 & Sc51803

  • Timetable – Virtually Green Timetable
  • Sunday 26th April:
    Virtual Steam service – USATC S160 2-8-0 5820
    Virtual Diesel service – British Railways Metropolitan-Cammel Class 101 Diesel Multiple Unit No’s. M51189 & Sc51803
    Timetable – Virtually Blue Timetable.

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.

Virtual Locomotive Roster for Weekend 18th & 19th April 2020

In 2017 ‘Flying Scotsman’ ran the Saturday and Sunday services but, in our virtual world 60103, will return to the National Railway Museum after services end on the 17th April. This weekend we are back to 2015 and will see the return of BR Standard 4MT 4-6-0 75078 at the head of all timetabled steam services after a prolonged absence for boiler repairs. The Class 101 diesel multiple unit, will provide the early service on Saturday morning and the early morning service and spare paths between steam trains on Sunday.

  • Saturday 18th April
    Steam service – British Railways Class 4MT 4-6-0 75078
    Virtual Morning Diesel service – British Railways Metropolitan-Cammel Class 101 Diesel Multiple Unit No’s. M51189 & Sc51803
    Timetable – Virtually Green Timetable
  • Sunday 19th April:
    Virtual Steam service – Steam service – British Railways Class 4MT 4-6-0 75078
    Virtual Diesel service – British Railways Metropolitan-Cammel Class 101 Diesel Multiple Unit No’s. M51189 & Sc51803
    Timetable – Virtually Blue Timetable.

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.

Virtual Locomotive Allocation for Easter Week, 11th – 17th April

Our virtual rosters appear to be well received so this week we go back to 2017 and the unforgettable week we had with a famous celebrity. With social isolation now biting into all our lives, it’s time to bring back the virtual crowds to our part of West Yorkshire. This week we go back to Saturday 1st April for our Easter week roster of virtual running and whilst our guest locomotive is heading from Oxenhope to Carlisle, two stalwarts of our steam fleet are holding the fort on Saturday and Sunday.

But on Monday 10th April the virtual crowds will flock to the Worth Valley to see our star of the show, BR (LNER ) A3 4-6-2 60103 Flying Scotsman.

DAY 6: Under blue cloudless skies, ‘Flying Scotsman’ powers out up Keighley Bank.

We start the Easter weekend with two steam locomotives operating both days of the weekend and our diesel multiple unit on Saturday plus three locomotives in steam from Monday, 13th, right through to the following Friday, 17th April. Indeed, these are exciting virtual times indeed.

  • Saturday 11th April
    Virtual Steam service – British Railways WD 2-8-0 90733
    Virtual Steam service – British Railways Class 4MT 4-6-0 75078
    Diesel service – Metropolitan-Cammel Diesel Multiple Unit Class 101 No’s. M51189 & Sc51803
    Timetable – Virtually Blue Timetable
  • Easter Sunday 12th April:
    Virtual Steam service – British Railways WD 2-8-0 90733
    Virtual Steam service – British Railways Class 4MT 4-6-0 75078
    Timetable – Virtually Blue Timetable.
  • Easter Monday 13th April – Friday 17th April
    Virtual Steam Service – BR (LNER ) A3 4-6-2 60103 Flying Scotsman (Oxenhope end) plus WD 2-8-0 90733 (Keighley end)
    Virtual Steam service – Midland Railway Class 4F 0-6-0 43924
    Timetable – Virtually Special Train & bus timetable (pay on the day – Flying Scotsman advance tickets ONLY!)).

 

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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.

 

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.