2015 Winter Steam Gala – Gallery

As always the KWVR Galas are very popular with photographers and the 2015 Winter Steam Gala was no different. If submissions are a yardstick to measure popularity, then Friday was by far the most productive day. With the Pennine weather closing in on Sunday, the conditions were best described as ‘atmospheric’ as Gary Holmes’ image of 43924 and 34092 leaving Keighley testifies.

Here is a small selection of photographs taken across the 3 days and the full collection can be viewed by clicking HERE to see all the weekend’s images.

Our gallery photographs are courtesy of photographers Neil Harvey, Inspirational Images, Colin Smith, Chris King, Craig Elias, Richard Beckett, Ian Dixon, Gary Holmes, Matt Berry, Steve Boreham, Neil Colls, and Ralph Berry.

In addition we are delighted to preview, SAY Film Production’s DVD, the full version of which is available from Haworth shop  priced £12.95


West Country Pacific 34092 ‘Wells’ has been on tour in Wales for the Llangollen Railway’s Steel, Steam & Stars IV, two weekend gala which raises funds for the 6880 Bretton Grange Society, builders of ‘new-build’  GWR ‘Grange Class 4-6-0 6880 Bretton Grange.

KWVR regular contributors have been at Llangollen in force with both cameras and video recorders and we will be bring you the best of their work as soon as their digital developing labs will allow.








‘Sir Berkeley’ Takes The honours In VCT Celebration

As part of a year of celebrations, January 10th saw humble contractors locomotive ‘Sir Berkeley’ (built in 1891 by Manning Wardle of Leeds) in service with Manchester, Sheffield & Lincolnshire Railway Tri-composite carriage no 176 (built in 1876) and Southern Railway Brake Corridor Third no 3554 (built in July 1924 by the Metropolitan Carriage, Wagon & Finance Company for the Southern Railway). The Vintage Carriages Trust ran three Ingrow – Keighley specials to mark the arrival of these 2 coaches in 1965, the first passenger vehicles to arrive on the line. Continue reading

Locomotive Roster Amendment for the Weekend 10th – 11th January

After the daily running over the Christmas period normality returns this weekend with MR 4F 0-6-0 43924  operating the Saturday & Sunday steam service with diesel railbus M79964 on the diesel turn.

In addition there are 3 members’ specials operating an Ingrow West – Keighley shuttle on the 10th January in celebration of 50 years of the first carriages arriving on the Railway, when Manning Wardle 0-6-0ST ‘Sir Berkeley’ will haul the MS&LR and SR ‘Matchboard’ coaches, the first passenger stock to arrive in 1965. Contrary to our previous announcement, members of the public will be able to travel on the 2nd and 3rd trains in this event, timed to leave Ingrow at 13.30 and 15.00.

Featured image: 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 Carriages Trust 1965 – 2015, 50 years Celebration

On the 19th January 1965 Manning Wardle 0-6-0 saddle tank, ‘Sir Berkeley’ was delivered by road to Haworth, to be followed in the first months of 1965 by the first two coaches for the nascent Keighley & Worth Valley Railway. These two vehicles arrived at Keighley by rail and were stored in what is now Keighley Station car park but, back then, were sidings serving the adjacent station.

All three are now part of our Vintage Carriages Trust’s collection and will be in action on Saturday 10th January 2015 with 3 members’  shuttles between Ingrow and Keighley in celebration of these arrivals and the resultant founding of the Vintage Carriages Trust in the same year, set up to safeguard the future of antique and vintage rolling stock for future generations.

For full details of the day’s events, click HERE. Continue reading