And so we come to the end of our Santa Steam Specials this weekend and despite some atrocious weather conditions, especially last Saturday, our volunteers have, once again, delivered a memorable visit for our passengers producing lots and lots of happy faces. As this is being written, the BBC Weather App is predicting more rain for the last 3 days of Santa Steam Specials but, in theory at least, the sun will be poking its nose out at various times.
This weekend’s combination of steam locomotives will be the same as last weekend’s. On Saturday and Sunday MR 4F 0-6-0 43924 will take our festive visitors south from Keighley and on Christmas Eve, BR Standard Class 2 2-6-0 78022 will have the honours of bringing the 2018 season of Santa Steam Specials to a close. Both locomotives will be in steam on all 3 days, 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.
Our volunteers only get one day’s respite before the Railway re-opens on Boxing Day with a week of Mince Pie Specials headed by MR 4F 0-6-0 43924.
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.