Locomotive Roster for weekdays commencing 14th August and weekend 19th & 20th August 2017

This week USATC S160 2-8-0 5820 will handle all the services Monday – Friday. The first steam train leaves Oxenhope at 10.00 and the last service on the branch departs Keighley at 17.10 – 5 round trips in all.

On Saturday 5820, continues for that day’s steam service. On Sunday 20th, 5820 gives way to WD 2-8-0 90733 which will be joined by TVR 0-6-2T 85 with another of our Sunday Vintage trains comprising a set of our more venerable coaches with four from the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Trust and the Metropolitan brake from the Vintage Carriages Trust.

The diesel service on Saturday will be in the hands of our Class 101 diesel multiple unit.

Monday – Sunday we also have the Vintage Bus Tours running between Oxenhope and Haworth and these are free to folders of a KWVR Rover ticket.

For the timetables in operation this week for both the train services and Vintage Bus tour, 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.

Vintage Trains Sunday 5th June 2016

Our popular Vintage Train Sundays – which operate on seven dates this year – start this Sunday, 5th June and will have a slightly different ‘look’ in 2016!

In order to create added interest this year, in addition to the standard 2-train service (with one set being formed of vintage stock), there are a series of additional Keighley-Ingrow shuttles in the main part of the day. Coaching stock will be drawn from coaches belonging to our partners the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Trust and Vintage Carriages Trust

The ‘main’ Vintage Set will be formed of four coaches, comprising:
Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Club Car, no. 47
Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway 6-wheel 3rd Class coach, no. 1507
Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Brake 3rd, no. 1474
Metropolitan Railway Brake 3rd, no. 427

The Taff Vale Railway 0-6-2T no 85 is the rostered loco for these services throughout the summer

The ‘shuttle’ Vintage Set will consist of two carriages from the Vintage Carriages Trust fleet:
Great Northern Railway 6-wheel Brake, no. 589
Southern Railway ‘Chatham’ Brake, no. 3554

The shuttles will be worked by Bahamas Locomotive Society locomotives, either Hudswell Clarke 0-6-0T side tank no. 1704 ‘Nunlow’ or LNWR 0-6-2T ‘Coal Tank’ no. 1054. ‘Nunlow’ is the rostered locomotive for the first Sunday of this new venture.

Whilst every effort will made to ensure that the advised motive power and rolling stock are available, the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway reserve the right to change this when operational circumstances so dictate.

First “passenger” train on nascent KWVR

In a year of 50th anniversaries which have so far included the arrival of the first rolling stock and founding of the Vintage Carriages Trust, one 50th anniversary nearly passed un-noticed. On the 5th June 1965, with stock having arrived only a few months earlier, the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway operated its first ever passenger train, although it was a far cry from the 6 coach Keighley – Oxenhope trains that regularly make the journey up and down the Valley today. It would be another 3 years before regular passenger trains returned to the Valley.

Formed of Lancashire & Yorkshire 0-4-0ST 51218 and the Southern Railway ‘Matchboard’ coach no. 3554, the Railway offered rides out of Haworth Yard, under Bridge 26 and a short distance along Haworth loop in conditions that today would give any self respecting Safety Officer a heart attack. A few photographs survive of the day courtesy of Chris Bray and F. W. Smith and show not only enthusiastic men but wives and girl friends with children of all sizes queuing for a ride and swarming all over the tracks of Haworth Yard.

A small but insignificant step for which we are eternally grateful 50 years on.

WVL343On the same day photographer Martin S. Welch was in the Highlands of Scotland and by chance took this photograph of BR Class 20 D8031 at Kittybrewster Shed, Aberdeen complete with tablet catcher and snowplough. It would be many years before this locomotive was withdrawn and avoided the cutters torch by being preserved on the KWVR; today operational with its later numbering of 20 031.

 

More ‘Firsts’ for the L&Y train – Appeal

Whilst mainline operators like Virgin and First Great Western are replacing some of their First Class accommodation with Standard Class, the L&Y train owned by the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Trust will be gaining a First Class carriage in 2015.

Restoration of Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway first class carriage no.  279 carriage is progressing rapidly in the workshops at Oxenhope and the pictorial history of its rebuild can be found at the Trust’s own website www.lyrtrust.org.uk . However in order to ensure that the carriage does return to service this year, the Trust has launched an appeal for funds to restore seating to the coach . Continue reading

First locomotive arrival on KWVR – 7th January 1965

It is exactly 50 years ago today  that the first locomotive arrived on the Railway, Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway 0-4-0ST ‘Pug’ 51218, purchased from Neath, South Wales by the L&Y Saddletanks Fund. The following extract has been re-created thanks to the kind permission of Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Trust.

Following withdrawal by British Railways in September 1964 and purchased by the Saddletanks Fund in November 1964, the Worth Valley Railway were glad to greet the arrival of their first locomotive, Pug 51218, on January 7 1965.

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Waiting is over – SR Pacific 34092 ‘City of Wells’ to debut this Weekend 16th & 17th August

The railway is delighted to announce that this weekend ‘City of Wells’  will operate the Saturday Green steam service and the main Sunday Blue timetable service. Enthusiasts and the general public alike have shown a great interest in the return of this iconic locomotive and now the waiting is over. The Railway is looking forward to welcoming everybody to the Railway this weekend to come ride behind 34092 on this historic occasion.

1054-130707-CSBut don’t forget, that, in addition, Sunday sees the last of the Vintage Trains for this summer season, when National Trust locomotive, LNWR 0-6-2 ‘Coal Tank’ no. 1054, will again to be at the head of the Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway’s Trust‘s restored historical carriages.

Featured image: John Sagar. Photo: Colin Smith

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 Mid-week 11th – 15th August and Weekend 16th & 17th August

For the weekday service, MR 4F 0-6-0 43924 returns to haul the steam service which, for a trial period, has been expanded (see separate Post)

At the moment the roster for the weekend is provisional pending completion of ongoing remedial work. Currently it is anticipated that for the second weekend, LMS 5MT 4-6-0 45305 will operate the Saturday Green steam service and the main Sunday Blue timetable service.

1054-130623'2_IIThis Sunday sees the last of the Vintage Trains for this summer season, when National Trust locomotive, LNWR 0-6-2 ‘Coal Tank’ no. 1054, will again to be at the head of the Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway’s Trust‘s restored historical carriages.

Featured image: Ian Dixon. Photo: inspiring images

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 26th & 27th July

This week sees 4F 43924 give way to WD 2-8-0 90733 for the Saturday Green steam service and the main Sunday Blue timetable service.

1054-130623'2_IIThis Sunday is yet another chance to take a trip on the Vintage Trains, when National Trust locomotive, LNWR 0-6-2 ‘Coal Tank’ no. 1054, will again to be at the head of the Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway’s Trust‘s restored historical carriages.

Photos: News@KWVR

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 Mid-week 15th – 18th July and Weekend 19th & 20th July

90733-140517_1-KBThis week sees WD 2-8-0 90733 on the Tuesday – Friday Pink timetable. However the home fleet takes a rest on Saturday and Sunday when, advised LMS 5MT 4-6-0 45305 operates the Saturday Green steam service and the main Sunday Blue timetable service.

1054-130623_IIThis Sunday is another Vintage Trains day, when National Trust locomotive, LNWR 0-6-2 ‘Coal Tank’ no. 1054, will leave its Bahamas Locomotive Society base at Ingrow West to be at the head of the Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway’s Trust‘s restored historical carriages.

Featured image: inspiring images. Photos: top, Kenneth Baker; bottom, inspiring images

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.

Vintage Trains this Sunday

LNWR 0-6-2 ‘Coal tank’ 1054 was out on the mainline today hauling two of the Vintage Carriages Trust‘s Metropolitan coaches for the annual general meeting of the Bahamas Locomotive Society. This gave a taster for the first of the Sunday Vintage Trains when 1054 will haul the Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway Trust‘s 3 carriage vintage set tomorrow. Click here for details and here for the day’s timetable.

The headline photograph shows 1054 with the Metropolitan First Class coach and Third Class brake leaving Ingrow yard today to take the AGM special to Oxenhope.

Photo: News@KWVR

2014 Vintage Trains

Our special Vintage trains will operate on selected Sundays throughout the summer using steam locomotives and coaches, one dating back to the days of Queen Victoria. Enjoy a rare chance to ride in historic wooden bodied carriages of yesteryear. The 2014 Vintage Train Sundays are split over June, July and August, June 22 and 29, July 20 and 27, August 10 and 17.

This year trains will be hauled by the famous LNWR 0-6-2T ‘Coal Tank’ no. 1054 (Subject to availability).  As announced elsewhere, the Old Gentleman’s Saloon is not available this year, so the trains will consist of all three operational carriages owned by the Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway Trust with an additional vehicle from the Railways operational fleet.

Featured image: Richard Beckett

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Keighley Filming – a triumph of teamwork

As many readers are aware the Railway played host to a major film company last week with Keighley station transformed to represent a major mainline station elsewhere in the country and the rolling stock adapted to represent the period of the film.

The Railway has rightly gained an enviable reputation for working closely with film and television programme makers to deliver their location and period requirements. Recent successes have included the BBC2 drama ‘Peaky Blinders’ and the first programme, ‘A Robber’s Tale’, in the BBC1 drama to mark the 50th Anniversary of the Great Train Robbery. To fulfil such filming contracts requires meticulous negotiations with the film makers and hours of dedicated planning by the Railway and its associated organisations. Continue reading