Locomotive Roster for the Weekend 15th & 16th December 2018

Santa Steam Specials are running to capacity, and despite the poor weather conditions we have seen lots and lots of happy faces. This weekend has the possibility of some snow showers and if that combines with clear blue skies, you have the picture postcard Santa Specials.

This weekend, as with all Santa Steam Specials, trains will have a combination of locomotives, with steam locomotives operating on the south, Oxenhope end of the train, assisted by one of our mainline diesel locomotives at the Keighley end. Once again steam motive power will be provided by 2 locomotives. On Saturday, taking its first tour of Santa duty this year, will be MR 4F 0-6-0 43924 and on Sunday BR Class 2 2-6-0 78022 will have the honours.  Both locomotives will be in steam, with the non-operation locomotive, on standby in Haworth yard.

This weekend the diesel locomotive will be Class 20, 20 031 on both days.

For visitors without a Santa Steam Special ticket wishing to travel along the Worth Valley, a diesel railcar service operates throughout the day by our Class 101 diesel multiple unit, starting at 09.00, giving passengers a new perspective through the forward facing windows on our diesel railcars. This service is free of charge to Santa Special ticket holders.

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.

 

‘BAHAMAS RAILTOUR 2’, Oxenhope to Carlisle 16th February 2019

 

Due to the huge success and quick sell out of the original 9th February ‘Bahamas’ Railtour, we have decided to launch a second tour date, just one week later, so that all of our wonderful enthusiasts are able to get the chance to enjoy one of 45596’s first mainline running in over 25 years!

LMS ‘Jubilee’ Class locomotive 45596 ‘Bahamas, was the first of the four Jubilees of the class to be preserved and occupies a special place in railway history as it was the very last steam engine to be modified by BR in its attempts to improve the performance of its steam fleet with the fitting of its unique double chimney and blastpipe in 1961. The Bahamas Locomotive Society (BLS) bought 45596 in 1967.

‘Bahamas’ ran on the main line (1989 – 1994) before retiring to Oxenhope Exhibition Shed in 1997. 45596 moved to Tyseley Locomotive Works in November 2013 as a result of the BLS’s successful £996k bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund for help to give it the most extensive overhaul since 1961. 45596’s first steaming after its latest overhaul was on 27 September and, on its return to Ingrow, ‘Bahamas’ is about to operate on the main line once again.

Promoted by Keighley & Worth Valley Railway in partnership with Bahamas Locomotive Society, ‘Bahamas’ will run from Oxenhope to Carlisle and return on Saturday 16th February 2019.

Tickets are available to purchase online NOW! For more details and to book your ticket, click HERE to go to the main KWVR website.

Locomotive Roster for the Weekend 1st & 2nd December 2018

The first Santa Steam Specials run this weekend, when normal steam passenger services between now and Christmas are suspended and the pre-booked only Santa Steam Specials take centre stage. For visitors without a Santa Steam Special ticket wishing to travel along the Worth Valley a diesel railcar service operates throughout the day, starting at 09.00, giving passengers a new perspective through the forward facing windows on our diesel railcars.

Our volunteers have been working very hard decorating the carriages and stations and with trains full to capacity, it is fingers crossed that we have fair weather to greet all our little visitors to Father Christmas.

Throughout the Santa season, trains will have a combination of locomotives, with steam locomotives operating on the south, Oxenhope end of the train, assisted by one of our mainline diesel locomotives at the Keighley end. Steam motive power will be provided by BR Ivatt 2-6-2T 41241, resplendent in its festive Crimson Lake open day livery. 41241 is seen below in BR black livery, when working a Santa Steam Special on a festive snowy 27th November 2010. This weekend the diesel locomotive will be Class 20, 20 031 on both days.

On standby this weekend will be BR Class 2 2-6-0 78022, seen below on its triumphant return to service last Saturday, 24th November.

Passengers without Santa tickets can travel on the diesel railcar service, buying a ticket at the station booking halls but those travelling on the Santa Steam Special can extend their enjoyment of the Railway free of charge by taking an additional ride in the railcar. The diesel service will be in the hands of the Class 101 diesel multiple unit.

To view or download the diesel railcar timetables in operation this weekend, please click HERE.

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 the Weekend 24th & 25th November 2018

For this, the last weekend of ‘normal’ timetabled running before Santa Steam Specials hit the Valley, we have delayed publishing the locomotive roster for this weekend pending the announcement regarding the availability of a new locomotive on the scene. Not having been in action for 17 years since withdrawal for overhaul, we are delighted to announce that our locomotive restoration team have advised us that Standard 4 Locomotive Society’s BR Standard Class  2 2-6-0 78022 will be hauling its inaugural passenger journey tomorrow (Saturday 24th November). Although not a livery carried in service with BR, 78022 looks resplendent in BR Brunswick Green, a livery normally carried, but not exclusively, by top link express locomotives.

At the time of publishing, it is likely that 78022 will not be in action on Sunday and Ivatt 2-6-2T 41241 will haul operate the steam service.

Diesel services over the weekend will be in the hands of our Class 101 DMU which starts proceedings on Saturday at 09.00 from Oxenhope.

The Winter Green timetable operates on Saturday and the Blue Winter timetable on Sunday.

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 the Weekend 17th & 18th November 2018

It is as you were this weekend with both 43924 and 41241 once again on duty. On Saturday MR 0-6-0 4F 43924 will operate the steam service after our Class 101 DMU has started proceedings at 09.00 from Oxenhope. Then on Sunday 43924 is joined for a 2 steam train service by Ivatt 2-6-2T 41241.

The Winter Green timetable operates on Saturday and the Blue Winter timetable on Sunday.

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.

‘Bahamas’ Railtour to Carlisle 9th February 2019

Following the most exhaustive overhaul the locomotive has received in since 1961 and now resplendent in its Brunswick Green livery, we are delighted to announce that LMS Stanier ‘Jubilee Class’ 4-6-0 no. 45596 ‘Bahamas’, is returning to the Worth Valley and, for the first time in 25 years, will run on the mainline with seats available for the general public!

Promoted by Keighley & Worth Valley Railway in partnership with Bahamas Locomotive Society, ‘Bahamas’ will run from Oxenhope to Carlisle and return on Saturday 9th February 2019.

To find out more visit the railtour page of the KWVR website

This will be a unique opportunity, the railtour being the first time that ‘Bahamas’ has completed a revenue earning run on the mainline since 1994! Tickets are now on sale to purchase online. To book your ticket, go to www.kwvr.co.uk.

‘Bahamas’ Railtour to Carlisle 9th February 2019

Following the most exhaustive overhaul the locomotive has received in since 1961 and now resplendent in its Brunswick Green livery, we are delighted to announce that LMS Stanier ‘Jubilee Class’ 4-6-0 no. 45596 ‘Bahamas’, is returning to the Worth Valley and, for the first time in 25 years, will run on the mainline with seats available for the general public!

Promoted by Keighley & Worth Valley Railway in partnership with Bahamas Locomotive Society, ‘Bahamas’ will run from Oxenhope to Carlisle and return on Saturday 9th February 2019.

This will be a unique opportunity, the railtour being the first time that ‘Bahamas’ has completed a revenue earning run on the mainline since 1994! Tickets will be available to purchase online on Friday 16th November. To book your ticket, on Friday (and not before) go to www.kwvr.co.uk.

Locomotive Roster for the Weekend 10th & 11th November 2018

There will be 2 locomotives in use this weekend. On Saturday MR 0-6-0 4F 43924 will operate the steam service after our Class 101 DMU has started proceedings at 09.00 from Oxenhope. Then on Sunday 43924 steps down and Ivatt 2-6-2T 41241 will operate alongside the Class 101 on the 2 train Sunday service.

The Winter Green timetable operates on Saturday and the Blue Winter timetable on Sunday.

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 the Weekend 3rd & 4th November 2018

Ivatt 2-6-2T 41241 has been in action for the last of the school holidays of 2018 with MR 0-6-0 4F 43924 taking over operations this weekend on the steam service with our Class 101 diesel multiple unit on the diesel turns.

 

The Winter Green timetable operates on Saturday and the Blue Winter timetable on Sunday.

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.

Haworth Shop Closure 5th – 10th November

Those visiting Haworth Station will have noticed for some considerable time that the floor in the Booking Hall is uneven, the solid floor having taken a pounding over the years. The replacement of the floor is long overdue and we are pleased to announce that the old floor is being ripped up and a more ‘authentic’ Yorkstone slab floor is being laid as its replacement. The surface and substructure will be taken out and a concrete base laid on which the slabs will sit.

Accordingly, with the main running season behind us and the invasion that is Santa Steam Specials beginning on the 1st December, we are taking the opportunity to undertake the work in this quieter period. So from the 5th to 10th November 2018, Haworth shop will be closed during the work to relay the Booking Hall floor. Telephone sales will still be available, call 01535 640464 (11.00 to 16.00 Monday – Friday) or email shop@kwvr.co.uk.

We are looking forward to welcoming you to Haworth Station after the 10th, when you can stand and admire our handywork (and of course visit the shop).

Locomotive Roster for Weekend 27th & 28th October and midweek service, 30th & 31st October and 1st November 2018

With the forecast of icy winds coming down from the Arctic with the coldest weekend since April anticipated, we know that Winter, and therefore Santa Steam Specials, are only just around the corner. As well as weekend running, some schools are on holiday next week, so once again we are offering steam hauled services Tuesday – Thursday

The weekend timetables are the Green timetable on Saturday and the Winter Blue timetable on Sunday. Our midweek steam service which will operate to the Pink timetable.

The Class 101 diesel multiple unit will start the ball rolling at 09.00 on Saturday and the weekend’s steam service starts from Oxenhope at 11.00 with a 6 coach train hauled by BR Standard 4MT 4-6-0 75078.  75078 and our Class 101 diesel multiple unit will continue with the two train service on Sunday.

The weekday service starts at 10.00 on Tuesday with Ivatt 2-6-2T 41241 operating 4 round trips with 4 coaches including the real ale buffet car.

Work on raising the north end of Haworth platform to the same height as the rest was completed in time for the Beer & Music Festival, so passengers will now be able to alight from trains without facing the large drop to the platform that has existed for far too many years.

 

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.

 

Beer & Music Festival Transport Announcement

Late transport available from Keighley to Leeds on Saturday, 20th October at 2030, 2130 and 2230 despite Northern rail strike

Some weeks ago the RMT union announced a total of 12 days of planned strikes on consecutive Saturdays, including the Saturday of our Beer & Music Festival, 20 October which will impact on their services to and from Keighley. This Saturday, 20 October, Northern will be operating a reduced timetable with very few trains running before 9am and after 6pm.

Northern has released the its train timetable for the Leeds / Bradford to Skipton service (calling at Keighley) and visitors to the Festival should have little difficulty arriving by rail to enjoy one of the North’s best Beer & Music Festivals. For the timetable in operation, click HERE.

However the difficulty arises when returning home with the last trains to Leeds at 19.01 and 20.55, Bradford at 16.18 and Skipton at 18.21 and 19.23.

BUT do not despair, in the true spirit of the KWVR, where we do everything we can to ensure our visitors have a good time, revellers travelling in the Leeds direction will benefit from an express coach service from Keighley, provided by the KWVR, to Bingley, Shipley and Leeds railway stations. These coaches will depart from Keighley Station concourse at 20:30 and 22:30.

Although these coaches will be provided free of charge by the KWVR, I am sure you will understand that we will be very happy to receive donations which will be gratefully welcomed on the night.

In addition at 21:30 hrs (approx. – exact time will be published when known) there will be additional train service from Keighley to Shipley and Leeds ONLY – With kind support from London North Eastern Railway. Please note that standard national rail tickets will be required on this service.

Saturday 2oth October Bus Times From Keighley Bus Station

Keighley – Bingley, Shiply & Leeds (Every half an hour until 17:15 and every hour after that. Last bus 22:10) To view the timetable, click HERE

Keighley – Bingley and Bradford (Every 10mins until 18:10 then every 15 mins until 18:55. After that every 30 mins until 22:55. The last bus is 23:25. To view the timetable, click HERE

Keighley – Skipton (Every 30 mins until 19:10. Every hour from 20:00. Last bus is 23:00. To view the timetable, click HERE

Locomotive Roster Wednesday 17th, Beer & Music Festival 18th–21st & Weekdays 23rd-25th October 2018

There are 5 days of continuous passenger workings this week starting on Wednesday with our midweek diesel railcar service which, once again, will feature our Class 101 diesel multiple unit.

One of the North of England’s best Beer & Music Festivals starts on Thursday at 12.30 and continues right through to Sunday evening with train services operating Thursday – Saturday until close of business late into the night and until early evening on Sunday when the Festival will close for another year. The services will be operated each day as follows.

Wednesday 17th & Thursday 18th – Class 101 DMU

Friday 19th & Saturday 20th – Diesel Class 37 075 (morning diesel service), MR 0-6-0 43924, USATC S160 2-8-0 5820 and BR 4MT 4-6-0 75078

 

Sunday 21st – Class 101 DMU (morning diesel service), USATC S160 2-8-0 5820 and BR 4MT 4-6-0 75078

For the timetables in operation during the Festival, click HERE to download the timetables for all 4 days of the Beer & Music Festival.

The one week school half term is once again split over 2 weeks dependent on the education authority area so this year we will be operating a Tuesday – Thursday steam service for the next 2 weeks. The service for the 23rd – 25th October will be hauled by BR 4MT 4-6-0 75078.

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 13th & 14th October and midweek railcar service

This news post normally covers the upcoming weekend and the following 5 days. However with the Beer & Music Festival starting next Thursday, 18th October, this bulletin covers just the weekend service and mid week. A special Beer & Music Festival locomotive roster update will be issued next week covering all 4 days of the Festival.

The Class 101 diesel multiple unit will start the ball rolling at 09.00 on Saturday and the weekend’s steam service starts from Oxenhope at 11.00 with a 6 coach train hauled by Midland Railway 4F 0-6-0 43924. 43924 and the Class 101 diesel multiple unit will continue on Sunday and the 101 will also operate the 6 round trips on the Wednesday diesel railcar service

The weekend timetables are the Green timetable on Saturday and the Winter Blue timetable on Sunday. Our midweek diesel railcar service which will operate to the Yellow timetable every Wednesday until 17th October.

Work continues at the north end of Haworth platform to raise it up to the same height as the rest, therefore approximately 180ft of platform will once again out of bounds to visitors and permit holders wishing to access the trackside, from Haworth Station. This restriction will continue until all reconstruction work has been completed.

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 6th & 7th October and midweek railcar service

You know that Autumn is upon us and the Beer & Music Festival isn’t far away when the Blue Sunday timetable changes from two steam locomotives to one steam locomotive and a diesel railcar operating the second service.

The weekend timetables are the Green timetable on Saturday and the Winter Blue timetable on Sunday. Our midweek diesel railcar service which will operate to the Yellow timetable every Wednesday until 17th October.

The Class 101 diesel multiple unit will start the ball rolling at 09.00 on Saturday and the weekend’s steam service starts from Oxenhope at 11.00 with a 4 coach train hauled by Ivatt 2-6-2T 41241. Also making an appearance on Saturday will be USATC S160 2-8-0 5820 which will haul the last of the year’s Haworth Haddocks, this train requiring more pulling power than the Ivatt can provide. The Class 101 diesel multiple unit will continue on Sunday and will also operate the 6 round trips on Wednesday.

Work continues at the north end of Haworth platform to raise it up to the same height as the rest, therefore approximately 180ft of platform will once again out of bounds to visitors and permit holders wishing to access the trackside, from Haworth Station. This restriction will continue until all reconstruction work has been completed.

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 29th & 30th September and Wednesday 3rd October 2018

This weekend sees the last of the Diesel & Ale Saturdays when a 2 train service will be in operation with the diesel service in the hands of Class 37 37 075, operating a revised GREEN timetable. A selection of real ales will be on offer in the buffet car, sponsored by Naylor’s Brewery from Cross Hills. The steam service will have USATC S160 2-8-0 5820 at its head.

On Sunday the BLUE timetable is in operation. The first train departs Oxenhope each day at 10.15 and the last departure of the day is 17.15 from Keighley. 5820 continues on Sunday and being joined by Ivatt 2-6-2T 41241.

Work continues to increase the height of the north end of Haworth platform, approximately 180ft, so this area is once again out of bounds to visitors and permit holders wishing to access the trackside, from Haworth Station. This restriction will continue until all reconstruction work has been completed.

Once again the Saturday early morning diesel railcar service will be in the hands of our Class 101 diesel multiple unit and this will also operate the 6 round trips on Wednesday.

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 22nd & 23rd September and midweek railcar service

The weekend’s timetables are once again the Green timetable on Saturday and Blue on Sunday. The midweek diesel railcar service will operate to the Yellow timetable every Wednesday until 17th October. Work continues to increase the height of the north end of Haworth platform, approximately 180ft, so this area is once again out of bounds to visitors and permit holders wishing to access the trackside, from Haworth Station. This restriction will continue until all reconstruction work has been completed.

The weekend’s steam service starting from Oxenhope at 11.00 will be a 5 coach train behind BR Standard 4 4-6-0 75078 with this locomotive continuing on a 4 coach on Sunday. The relief train on Sunday will be hauled by Ivatt 2-6-2T 41241 on the 3 coach suburban set. Once again the Saturday early morning diesel service will be in the hands of our Class 101 diesel multiple unit and this will also operate the 5 round trips on Wednesday.

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 15th & 16th September and midweek railcar service

After the exertions of our Civil Engineers, who have been tackling jobs at Oxenhope (south end points of the run round loop, Haworth (raising the north end of the platform to its correct height) and Oakworth (relaying track through the station) the weekend timetables revert back to the Green timetable on Saturday and Blue on Sunday. With Civil Week over and no weekday steam trains, we re-introduce our midweek diesel railcar service which will operate to the Yellow timetable every Wednesday until 17th October.

The weekend’s steam service starting from Oxenhope at 11.00 will be a 4 coach train behind USATC S160 2-8-0 5820 on both days and will be joined on Sunday by MR 4F 0-6-0 43924 on the 3 coach suburban set. Once again the Saturday early morning diesel service will be in the hands of our Class 101 diesel multiple unit and this will also operate the 5 round trips on Wednesday.

Visitors to the Railway will notice that the work to increase the height of Haworth platform is ongoing with the north end, approximately 180ft, out of bounds to visitors and permit holders wishing to access the trackside, from Haworth Station. This restriction will continue until all reconstruction work has been completed.

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 8th & 9th September 2018

Normally, at this time of year, the Green timetable operates on Saturday and the Blue, 2 train timetable operates on Sunday. However next week is Civil Week when our Civil Engineers take over the line to undertake essential work to keep the Railway safe and in good order. In order to have the area ready, engineers trains may be operating in the train paths normally occupied by the 2nd service train on Sunday, so, for this weekend only, the Green timetable will operate on both days.

The early morning diesel service will be in the hands of our Class 101 diesel multiple unit with the steam service starting from Oxenhope at 11.00 behind MR 4F 0-6-0 43924

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.

Bradford Railways in Colour – Volume 2

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.

This is the fourth in a series of full colour albums produced by Willowherb Publishing which chart 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 books 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.

Bradford Railways in Colour Volume 1, published earlier this year, covered the former Midland Railway network out of Forster Square station, including the Airedale line to Shipley, Apperley Bridge and Keighley and the Wharfedale route to Ilkley.

This volume covers the other half of the local network which radiated from Bradford Exchange station, a short distance across the city centre, with services provided by the Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway and the Great Northern Railway. Featured are the ex-L&YR Halifax line to Wyke, the former GNR lines towards Leeds and Wakefield via Laisterdyke and Dudley Hill, Birkenshaw and Drighlington, and the Laisterdyke to Idle and Shipley & Windhill branch. The book concludes with another journey to Thornton and Keighley via St. Dunstan’s and Queensbury.

Full Colour hardback, 128 pages. Price: £21.95 from Haworth shop.