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.

SAY Video – KWVR 2015 Now in Store – Correction

PLEASE NOTE AN ERROR IN THE PREVIOUS POST – THE CORRECT PRICE SHOULD READ £12.95 AND NOT AS PREVIOUSLY NOTIFIED.

1½ hours of top quality video footage on Steam Around Yorkshire’s (SAY) 2015 Keighley & Worth Valley Railway video, now available from Haworth Shop at £12.95

Action from every steam locomotive that turned a wheel on the Railway on passenger and goods workings is featured including the return to action of BR Standard Class 4 75078, 34092 ‘Wells’, in its last gala appearance before being “marooned” away from the Railway and ‘Sir Berkeley’ making a return appearance from its current home at the Middleton Railway in Leeds. Also featuring, for the first time on the KWVR, aerial footage, giving a different perspective to trains in the Valley.

For more details and a 6 minute video taster click HERE to visit our main website and obtain your copy of this superb look back at the 2015 steam action in the Worth Valley.

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Locomotive Roster for Weekend 23rd & 24th January 2016

Contrasting weather last weekend with bright sunshine and cold temperatures on Saturday (as illustrated by Ian Dixon’s photograph) and snow for the first time this winter on Sunday giving some excellent photographs as can be seen on the Home page of the website. Steam will be in action on Saturday and Sunday with BR ‘Standard’ 4MT  4-6-0 75078 once again operating the steam service with diesel railbus M79964 on the diesel turns.

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 16th & 17th January 2016

Steam will be in action on Saturday and Sunday with BR ‘Standard’ 4MT  4-6-0 75078 operating the steam service with diesel railbus M79964 on the diesel turns.

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 9th & 10th January 2016

With the Festive Season now behind us, it is back to normal for the coming weekend with steam action on Saturday & Sunday.

This weekend will see BR 4MT 4-6-0 75078 rostered for both days with the early morning diesel on Saturday and all day Sunday in the hands of the 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.

Services make a Triumphant return to ‘Normal’

As was reported yesterday the volunteers of the Railway once again rose to the occasion, cleared the yard and shed of all the debris brought down by the floods and from 12.30 the Railway ran a full line service with BR Class 4MT 4-6-0 75078 running 3 round trips from Oxenhope to Keighley. As the featured image shows and reported by the photographer, “A golden end to a tumultuous Christmas weekend! Well done to the many who turned up and just got on with the job at Haworth today, a classic Yorkshire response to adversity, just get on with it with no fuss and no drama.”

We would like to thank all the passengers who came to the Worth Valley to ride on board our Mince Pie Specials, a just reward for all the effort that was put in. Our passenger services are now back ‘on-track’ and running to the published timetable.

Thankfully the good weather also attracted photographers who have captured beautifully this triumphant day.

Here is a selection of the images from the 27th, and the full selection can be seen on our Flickr page >>>

Annual Carol Service Train Recording

Every year the on the last Saturday before Christmas, the Railway runs its annual Carol Service Train that has even featured on the BBC’s ‘Songs of Praise’.

This year we were joined by Premier Christian Radio which broadcasts on MW 1305, 1332, 1413 and 1566 across Greater London and Surrey and nationally on DAB and Freeview 725. This audio extract features commentary from members of our volunteer workforce and charts the passage of the train down the Valley bringing, carols, readings and goodwill to all the communities that surround our stations. On board is a train full of enthusiastic passengers, carols singers, a brass band and the Chaplain at Bradford Cathedral, Canon Bruce Grainger.

Click HERE to go to Premier Christian Radio to listen to the recording

Steam Trains Today

Anyone seeing the photographs posted yesterday would never expect the Railway to be operating today. However, despite some damage to the bridge over Bridgehouse Beck restricting movement out of Haworth Yard, the main line is fit to take passenger services. The track out of Haworth Yard has been temporarily repaired and the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway is open for business with the first service leaving Oxenhope at 12.30.

It has been a truly remarkable effort by the emergency services and the trusty KWVR volunteers, who never fail to deliver.

What a glorious sight!! Sunshine, blue sky . . . A glorious crisp Winter morning! Wrap up and come and join us on the Mince Pie Specials – no need to book!!

Flooding Update – 26th December 2015

Following today’s unprecedented events, the Railway would like to thank our visitors for their understanding. We know that travelling with us on Boxing Day is a part of many people’s family traditions, and we hope you’ll be able to join us on another day soon.

The water level at Haworth is now falling, though more rainfall is forecast overnight. We will not be able to run any trains tomorrow until at least 12 noon, while we check the railway for damage, though we hope to begin to operate a service after that. Please check with us on our Facebook page and on the website for a further update in the morning, before setting out.

Cameras and videos have been out in force and here are examples of what has been submitted on Facebook and YouTube recording the devastating effects of the local deluge.


Video by jackharrybill

Whilst everyone was concentrating on the flooding, the KWVR catering staff once again rose to the occasion, setting up an emergency canteen in Haworth Station to provide sustenance for the fireman and volunteers fighting the effects of the floodwater.

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