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.

Diesel & Ale Saturdays

Introduced in 2015, the Railway operates diesel locomotive hauled trains, as well as steam hauled services on selected Saturdays. For the last 3 years, this has proven very popular and the Railway is pleased to repeat the exercise for this year – big diesel haulage ALL DAY on certain Saturdays May through to September.

As with last year the days will be sponsored by local breweries, so join us on these days when there will be a Diesel Hauled service ALL DAY in addition to our usual steam hauled service.

Full details of the brewery sponsors and the allocated mainline diesel for the day have now been published on the KWVR website >>>

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.

Full Time Vacancy – Marketing & Communications Co-ordinator

There is an opportunity to join our evolving business as a Marketing and Communications Co-ordinator. We are looking for someone with bags of enthusiasm, an eye for detail and is experienced in the modern world of marketing and communications.

As a core member of our team, working in our offices at Haworth Station, you will be responsible for delivery of Print and Online marketing alongside coordinating internal and external communications. You will also work as part of our customer service team when necessary to deliver excellent customer service to our visitors.

If you are interested in this full time position, for full details and more information, click HERE >>>.

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.

2018 Spring Gala

Some of you will have seen on our Facebook page that we are (I am) having considerable difficulty with our website http://www.kwvr.co.uk .

This problem has arisen at a most problematical time as it is our Spring Gala this weekend. Whilst the Working Timetable (click to download) was published earlier, the Passenger Timetable has fallen fowl of the problem we are experiencing and cannot be seen in the usual place on the website. So for those looking for the passenger timetable, we are pleased to present them here:

To download the Passenger Timetable for all 3 days, click HERE>>>

All the details of the Gala are here on News@KWVR, click HERE>>>

Visiting Locomotives

With respect to the Gala, the positive news is that 70013 Oliver Cromwell arrived via our mainline connection, at a time when diesel and electric traction on the national network were in chaos, but steam locomotion made it through onto Worth Valley metals.

Hard on the heels of ‘Oliver Cromwell’ is our other visiting locomotive, S&DJR 7F 2-8-0 53808 which left its home on the West Somerset Railway today for its journey north (hopefully with its tender).

Diesel Service Amendment

No sooner had the news item been sent out regarding the diesel service this weekend, than Mission Control (Haworth Station) sent out an amendment that only the Saturday diesel service would now be cancelled and Sunday services will run as per the published Blue timetable with 75078 and M79964.

In addition, on Saturday all steam services on the advertised revised green timetable, will run as a top and tailed formation with steam on the Oxenhope end, 75078, and the class 20 diesel, 20 031, on the Keighley end.

Hopefully, that is now set in stone, unless someone else knows differently! So, brave the cold, just as our volunteers have bravely done, and get out there with your cameras to record this unusual formation, normally only seen when the man in red with the reindeer comes around.

Diesel Services Cancellation

Having done so well on Wednesday to operate the diesel railcar service in snowy conditions, the weather has finally taken its toll on the diesel service that was scheduled to run this weekend.

With more snow having fallen since Wednesday, the KWVR has reluctantly decided to cancel the diesel railcar service this weekend, 3rd and 4th March.

However the steam service, due to operate behind BR Standard 4, 4-6-0 75078, is scheduled to operate on both days as advertised. The first train on Saturday will therefore be the 11.00 from Oxenhope and on Sunday the 10.15 from Oxenhope but there will be no diesel service on either day.

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.

Booking for Spring Gala Goods Train Brake Van Rides

Last week we announced that visitors to the Spring Gala starting Friday 9th March, will, for the very first time, have the opportunity to travel on the Goods Train from Keighley to Oxenhope behind one of our locomotives at the Gala.

These trips are hauled by visiting 7F 53808 on Friday and Sunday, with home based S160 5820 hauling a train that it was designed for on Saturday. 70013 Oliver Cromwell is booked to work the Sunday evening trip (Please note that this is a one way evening trip, no return, so we would advise parking at Oxenhope).

The price is £40 per person with numbers strictly limited. Price includes your Rover Ticket that allows unlimited all day travel and Rail Story entry. Booking is in advance online.

To book your place in the Goods Train Brake Van, book online HERE>>>

Terms & Conditions Apply.

Please note that locomotives are subject to change. Brake Vans are not as comfortable as passenger carrying vehicles and can jolt. You must be medically fit, free of any health problems that could be affected by the rougher nature of the vehicle. You will be asked to sign an indemnity form by the host on arrival who will give you instructions for the trip.

Over 16s only.

Dark clothing should be worn, no high visibility vests.

Goods Train Brake Van Rides at Spring Gala

NEW FOR SPRING GALA 2018!

New for this years Spring Steam Gala we’re offering the rare chance to travel on the Gala Goods Train!

You will travel on the Goods train from Keighley to Oxenhope behind one of our locomotives on the Gala. The trip will depart Keighley early morning each day, with an additional ‘Cromwell Goods’ on Sunday evening. The morning trips are all scheduled to do a full return trip of the Railway with a banking locomotive added at Haworth Loop, before that locomotive returns you to Keighley where you can collect your tickets from the Booking office.

These trips are hauled by visiting 7F 53808 on Friday and Sunday, with home based 5820 hauling a train that it was designed for on Saturday. 70013 Oliver Cromwell is booked to work the Sunday evening trip (Please note that this is a one way evening trip, no return, so we would advise parking at Oxenhope).

Price includes your Rover Ticket that allows all day travel and Museum Entry.

£40 per person – strictly limited to low numbers.

Locomotive Roster for Weekend 24th & 25th February and mid-week 28th February 2018

Firstly, an apology for the lack of a notification last week of the locomotive for last weekend. It was unclear until Friday which locomotive would provide the power over the weekend, with final choice being on loan visitor LMS 5MT 4-6-0 44871. This weekend will see MR 4F 0-6-0 43924 on a 4 coach train, including real ale buffet car.

The diesel service will be in the capable hands of our 1958 vintage railbus M79964, well worth taking a journey in this vehicle which celebrates its 60th birthday this year. In addition the mid-week diesel railcar service will again have M79964 in action

On Saturday the 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, 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.

Royal Visit in Pictures

Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cornwall visited the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway on Friday the 16th February as part of our 50th Anniversary celebrations of the railway re-opening during 1968 and the achievements made by volunteers during this time.

During the visit, that took place mid-afternoon on the 16th, Her Royal Highness visited the locomotive maintenance facility in Haworth and met a new generation of volunteers, plus others of more mature stature, working on steam locomotive restorations. The Duchess then travelled by a steam hailed train hauled, appropriately, by Taff Vale Railway no. 85 to Oxenhope in the Old Gentlemen’s Saloon featured in the classic film ‘The Railway Children’.

The visit was highly successful and below is a sample of the photographs of this historic visit with the full collection in Flickr >>>

‘Oliver Cromwell’ set for Spring Steam Gala

We have previously announced that two locomotives will be visiting the KWVR for our Spring Steam Gala on March 9th – 11th – SDJR 7F 2-8-0 53808 and LMS ‘Black 5’ 4-6-0 44871 – but now it is THREE!.

We’re delighted to announce a third locomotive, and arguably the most prestigious, subject to final contact, BR ‘Britannia’ Class 7MT 70013 ‘Oliver Cromwell’. ‘Cromwell’ will arrive via our mainline connection and comes courtesy of the National Railway Museum and 5305 Locomotive Association, who are custodians of the locomotive.

As seen in the photographs in this post, 70013 last visited in February 2009 and this will be its last appearances before withdrawal for overhaul.

Three visiting locomotives plus the home fleet will result in one our biggest visiting locomotive line ups ever! Surely a perfect way to kick-start our 50th Anniversary celebration and we are sure you will all agree and support the Railway in this great 2018 Gala.

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.

44871 confirmed for Spring Steam Gala

With just over a month to go, we are delighted to confirm that Ian Riley’s LMS ‘Black 5’ 4-6-0 44871 is staying on the Railway until after the Gala and therefore becomes our second visitor to add to the home fleet which will be missing WD 2-8-0 90733 as previously announced.

44871 came to the KWVR on 6th October as part of the restoration agreement with Ian Riley & Sons whereby our own ‘Black 5’, 45212, would be restored for mainline running in return for an agreed period for it, or one of Ian Riley’s own ‘Black 5’s, to be available for KWVR trains. 45212 has been out on the mainline across England and Scotland, and with a busy schedule, 44871 came in its place and will depart for its own mainline duties in the Spring.

More details of the Gala will be published on the website and on social media in due course.