Locomotive Roster for Weekdays 3rd – 6th July & Little Engines Gala 7th – 9th July 2017

This weekend sees the first Little Engine’s Gala which, like our Winter Steam gala, will operate over 3 days, 7th – 9th July. Harking back to the early days of the preserved Railway, the KWVR is honouring those early pioneers when the smaller locomotives of the fleet will take centre stage to reflect the days before the larger locomotives ruled the roost.

The railway have announced 2 visiting locomotives, both with connections to the Railway but in diverse ways. The first to be announced was ‘Austerity’ 0-6-0ST 71515 ‘Mech Navvies Ltd’ from the Pontypool and Blaenavon Railway a type of engine that featured in the early days of the KWVR with two examples of the class operational during the early years. This was followed by the announcement of our second guest, London & South Western Railway ‘Beattie well tank’ 2-4-0WT 30587 courtesy of the Bodmin & Wenford Railway. Similar locomotives, but designed and owned by the Midland Railway, operated the branch in the very first years that the Railway was open in the nineteenth century.

The home fleet will consist of:

Taff Vale Railway 0-6-2T No. 85
London & North Western Railway 0-6-2T ‘Coal Tank’ No.1054 (courtesy of the Bahamas locomotive society)
Hudswell Clarke 0-6-0T no. 1704 ‘Nunlow’ (courtesy of the Bahamas locomotive society)

And rare passenger workings of our smaller diesel fleet including:

BR Class 08 0-6-0 No. 08 993 “Ashburnham”
BR Class 08 0-6-0 No. 08 266
BR Hudswell Clarke 0-6-0 No. D2511
Mersey Docks and Harbour Board 0-6-0 No. D32
Prototype English Electric 0-6-0 No. D0226 ‘Vulcan’

For the public timetables in operation over the 3 days, please click HERE to visit the main website. To download the enthusiast working timetables, click on the appropriate day below:
Friday, 7th July
Saturday, 8th July
Sunday, 9th July

TVR 0-6-2T no. 85 will have the honours hauling the Monday – Thursday services between Oxenhope to Keighley before joining in with the Little Engines Gala.

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.

‘New’ Class 08 Shunter

With the Railway’s current Class ’08’ shunter 08 266 (D3336) requiring extensive work, the Railway has purchased a second member of the class which was deemed surplus to requirements by the mainline operator.

Numbered 08 993, the locomotive is different in many ways to 08 266 not least, as one can see from the illustrations, the lowered cab. For operating lines around Swansea from the old Burry Port and Gwendraeth Valley Railway, the cabs had to be lowered to fit beneath some very low bridges on the line, a tradition carried over from the days of steam. The locomotive is in better condition than the current resident and is also dual braked, a useful advantage for shunting any air braked only vehicles, such as the diesel crane or potential future acquisitions, such as new permanent way wagons etc.

These photographs taken by Roger France and Paul Holroyd show the locomotive on arrival at Haworth by road, the first locomotive to arrive with us at this location for many years, due to Ingrow’s restricted access. Currently in EWS livery, the locomotive will be repainted in due course in an appropriate colour scheme.

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