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Locomotive Roster for Weekend 18th & 19th February 2017

Having been rostered last weekend Taff Vale Railway 0-6-2T no. 85 was, in fact, substituted by BR Standard 4MT 4-6-0 75078 and the ex-Southern Region locomotive will continue this weekend. After being the mainstay of services since the turn of the New Year, 85, a veteran built in 1899, is finally taking a well earned rest.

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DRB M79964 which will once again operate the diesel turns throughout the weekend.

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Locomotive Roster for the Weekend 11th & 12th February 2017 – Correction

Unfortunately the news item sent out earlier was erroneous in more ways than one, for which we humbly apologise. That post should have read as follows (and the date amended to THIS weekend).

Taff Vale Railway 0-6-2T no. 85 should have had the luxury of a day off on Sunday when USATC S160 5820 was due to handle the steam service but 5820 remained on shed and 85 handled the day’s steam service.

The TVR tank will not be getting respite this weekend either and is back this weekend on both Saturday and Sunday.

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DRB M79964 which will once again operate the diesel turns throughout the weekend.

The highlight of last weekend was the trial running of a steam hauled (empty) passenger set banked by a further steam locomotive to simulate the operation when ‘Flying Scotsman’ visits in April. Under normal circumstances steam banked passenger services are not permitted and hence the trial. 60103 is a thoroughbred and the lifting of a heavy train, which will include both Pullman coaches, on the steep curve out of Keighley and up Keighley Bank is not what the A3 Pacific was built for. Banking assistance has therefore been given special dispensation to ensure that the days services operate without hitches and delays, should the Pacific need assistance out of Keighley. This adds to the dispensation for the axle loading which is over normal KWVR limits.

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.

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Locomotive Roster for the Weekend 21st & 22nd January 2017

Taff Vale Railway 0-6-2T no. 85 had the luxury of a day off on Sunday when USATC S160 5820 handled the steam service but is back this weekend on both days.

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DRB M79964 which will once again operate the diesel turns throughout the weekend.

The highlight of last weekend was the trial running of a steam hauled (empty) passenger set banked by a further steam locomotive to simulate the operation when ‘Flying Scotsman’ visits in April. Under normal circumstances steam banked passenger services are not permitted and hence the trial. 60103 is a thoroughbred and the lifting of a heavy train, which will include both Pullman coaches, on the steep curve out of Keighley and up Keighley Bank is not what the A3 Pacific was built for. Banking assistance has therefore been given special dispensation to ensure that the days services operate without hitches and delays, should the Pacific need assistance out of Keighley. This adds to the dispensation for the axle loading which is over normal KWVR limits.

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.

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Locomotive Roster for the Weekend 4th & 5th February 2017

Taff Vale Railway 0-6-2T no. 85 will once again be on duty on Saturday but, after 4 weekends on duty, the TVR tank gets respite with USATC S160 2-8-0 5820 scheduled to head the steam service on Sunday.

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DRB M79964 which will once again operate the diesel turns throughout the weekend.

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.

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Locomotive Roster for the Weekend 28th & 29th January 2017

Taff Vale Railway 0-6-2T no. 85 has given stalwart service, operating every weekend of the January timetable and will once again be in action on a 4 coach service this weekend.

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DRB M79964 which will once again operate the diesel turns throughout the weekend.

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.

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Locomotive Roster for the Weekend 21st & 22nd January 2017

Taff Vale Railway 0-6-2T no. 85 has been putting in sterling work since the turn of the year and is rostered for its 3rd weekend of operation on the 4 coach service. As predicted snow was around in the Valley last weekend giving the photographers who braved the cold but out in the winter sunshine, the opportunity for some stunning shots.

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DRB M79964 which will once again operate the diesel turns throughout the weekend.

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.

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Locomotive Roster for the Weekend 14th & 15th January 2017

Taff Vale Railway 0-6-2T no. 85 returned to action on a 4 coach corridor service and it is same again this weekend with a cold snap, possibly snow, expected. Sun, snow and no.85 on 4 coaches would make a wonderful winter scene in the Worth Valley – if the snow and sun appear.

DRB M79964 which will once again operate the diesel turns throughout the weekend.

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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.

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Locomotive Roster for the Weekend 7th & 8th January 2017

Returning to action after resting whilst the larger locomotives took the strain with the heavy Santa Steam Specials, this weekend will see Taff Vale Railway 0-6-2T no. 85 on a 4 coach corridor steam service.

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Also returning to the front after a long rest while the Class 101 operated the diesel services during the Santa Special weekends, is DRB M79964 which will operate the diesel turns throughout the weekend.

Please note that 2017 sees the introduction of a new Blue timetable with passenger services on Sunday commencing ex-Oxenhope at 10.15 and not 09.00 as previously. Unlike the old Blue timetable this will be a steam hauled departure with the Blue diesel service now commencing at 11.00. KWVR steam passenger services, therefore, start earlier than in past years. The Green timetable that operates on Saturday, remains unchanged with the first diesel service departing Oxenhope at 09.00.

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.

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Locomotive Roster for the Weekend 19th & 20th November 2016

This weekend is the last weekend before Father Christmas descends on the Valley and takes over all the steam workings until Boxing Day. For this final weekend before the Santa Steam Specials, MR 4F 0-6-0 43924 will be at the head of the steam service with Diesel Railbus M79964 operating on the diesel turns throughout the weekend.

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If you are still thinking of booking for a Santa Steam Special, ticket sales are the best we have experienced and as a result there are only seats of two together or just one on its own. So if you want to take a Santa train, call NOW to book one of the remaining places. If you decide to come along during the Santa Season without a booked seat, there will be a diesel railcar service for anyone to still enjoy a journey along the Valley.

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.

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Locomotive Roster for the Weekend 12th & 13th November 2016

Having missed its previous call of duty USATC S160 2-8-0 5820 was back in action last weekend with WD 2-8-0 90733 taking over operations this weekend on the steam service with our Diesel Railbus M79964 n the diesel turns.

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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.

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Locomotive Roster for the Weekend 5th & 6th November 2016

The rostered locomotive for last weekend, S160 2-8-0 no. 5820, unfortunately had not had repairs completed in time to take its turn on passenger duty and BR Standard Class 4MT 4-6-0 75078 filled the breach. Originally rostered for this coming weekend, 75078 will, if repairs are complete on 5820, be rested and the S160 will take the passengers turns in its stead. However if repairs are not completed an alternative locomotive will be rostered.

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Once again DRB M79964 will operate the diesel turns throughout the weekend.

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.

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Locomotive Roster for Weekend 17th & 18th September and Wednesday 21st September 2016

The Civil Gang are busy ripping up Oakworth level crossing and putting it all back together again with a new surface, after years of taking a pounding from traffic up and down Station Road. These 4 images show progress up to Wednesday afternoon.

With the level crossing back in action for the weekend, the Railway returns to the Green and Blue timetables on Saturday and Sunday respectively. Over the 2 days, BR 4MT 75078 will be at the head of the main service being joined on Sunday by Taff Vale Railway 0-6-2T no. 85.

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The Class 101 DMU will operate the Saturday morning diesel service but on Sunday, English Electric 0-6-0 D0226 will be at the head of the early morning service.

Mid-week sees the return of the Wednesday diesel railbus service when either the Class 101 will operate or the diesel railbus M79964.

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.

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Locomotive Roster for Weekend 9th & 10th April 2016

Last week BR Standard Class 4 4-6-0 75078 was failed with problems with the brick arch and 43924 substituted. With TVR 85 covering the timetable on Thursday and Friday 75078 makes a return for the final weekend of the Easter School holiday.

Stalwart railbus M79964 will, as is the norm at this time of year, travel the line on the Saturday morning diesel service and all day Sunday on the diesel turn.

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 is available, the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway reserve the right to change this when operational circumstances so dictate.

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Correction – Locomotive Roster for Saturday 2nd April

There is an alteration to the steam locomotive rostered for Saturday 2nd April. BR Standard 4MT 4-6-0 75078 will continue throughout the week and will now give way to MR 4F 0-6-0 43924 on Sunday 3rd and not as previously advised, on Saturday 2nd.

For the timetables in operation this weekend and throughout next week, please click HERE to visit the timetable page.

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.

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Locomotive Roster for Weekend 2nd & 3rd April and all next week to Friday 8th April 2016

Steam hauled passenger services continue every day over the Easter school holiday. Stalwart MR 4F 0-6-0 43924 will be at the head of all steam services from Saturday 2nd through to Wednesday 6th April. Diesel railbus M79964 will operate the diesel service on Saturday and Sunday.

The Pink timetable is in operation for the mid-week service with 43924 giving way to TVR O2 Class 0-6-2T no. 85 for Thursday 7th and Friday 8th on its long awaited return to active service at the head of its first timetables service trains since restoration to working order and painting into its magnificent lined TVR livery. We look forward to photographers being out in force and sending in contributions to mark the event.

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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 is available, the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway reserve the right to change this when operational circumstances so dictate.

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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.

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Locomotive Roster for Weekend 5th & 6th March 2016

The general consensus for the Winter Steam Gala is that, despite the setbacks with visiting and home fleet locomotives, the crews and staff of the Railway put on a fantastic show with good attendances and loads of happy faces around the line.

The locomotive for this weekend is uncertain depending on the outcome of current work on 2 locomotives. BR 5MT 4-6-0 75078 was withdrawn from the Gala, having failed its boiler test. However the problem has potentially been resolved and if the subsequent boiler test is successful, 75078 will be the train locomotive on Saturday and Sunday.

To add to the mix, the potential replacement, should 75078 require further work, is MR 4F 0-6-0 43924 but this locomotive returned from the Gala requiring some remedial attention which may be completed before the weekend. USATC S160 5820 will be on standby should none of the repairs be completed in time. The situation is fluid and whichever locomotive is rostered on the day the crews will put on a good show for all our visitors.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.