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.

2017 Winter Steam Gala Update

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With only a few days to go, we are delighted to confirm the line up for this weekend’s Winter Steam Gala. As posted earlier 13065 arrived last week and the image below shows our other visitor, 61264, on Haworth shed having arrived on the Railway at Keighley in the hours of darkness.

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So the line up consists of:

  • BR (LNER) B1 4-6-0 61264 (Courtesy of the Thompson B1 Locomotive Trust)
  • LMS ‘Crab’ 2-6-0 13065 (Courtesy of the East Lancashire Railway)
  • BR Standard 4MT 4-6-0 75078
  • WD 2-8-0 90733
  • Midland 4F 0-6-0 43924
  • USATC S160 2-8-0 “Big Jim” No.5820
  • LNWR 0-6-2 ‘Coal Tank’ 1054 (Courtesy of Bahamas Loco Society)
  • Taff Vale Railway O2 0-6-2T 85
  • Hudswell Clarke 0-6-0T 1704 ‘Nunlow (Courtesy of Bahamas Loco Society)
  • Grafton Steam Crane will be in steam and operating in Oakworth Yard

… as well as a range of different coaching stock and goods vehicles.

On Sunday Mary and Ann, our two K class Pullmans built in 1930 as a pair for the Southern Railway Bournemouth Bell service will be in use. A supplement for travel is required for these vehicles at £5 each. Throughout the morning the supplement entitles you to complimentary ‘Coffee & Croissant’ and during the afternoon a traditional  ‘English Cream Tea’ – it’s well worth a fiver!

The situation with the two ‘Black 5s’, 45212 and 45407 remains fluid. They are due mainline certification this week and if that is forthcoming they should arrive on the Railway Friday evening by our connection at Keighley. This, of course precludes their participation on Friday, but will, if they do arrive, operate Saturday and Sunday requiring an amendment to the working timetables as previously published.

As with all our Galas we publish the working timetables for the various workings. The up-to-date version (01/03/17) can be viewed by downloading the 2017 Winter Steam Gala Working Timetable PDF. It is important to note that these timetables take account that 45212 and 45407 MAY be attending and reflect that the situation remains fluid.

The public timetables can be viewed HERE >>

Guided tours of the Haworth Locomotive Works

Once again we will be running our unique tour behind the scenes in our engine shed and workshop at Haworth, the tours being led by our experienced and knowledgeable volunteer tour guides. The tours are organised to raise funds to restore the Ivatt 2-6-2T 41241 and although the tours are free, we do ask our guests to consider making a Gift Aided donation, usually in the region of £5 to the KWVR Charity (no 1136853).

Tour times will connect with trains from Keighley arriving at Haworth where you will meet your guide at Haworth Station for your 45/60 minute tour.

Locomotive Roster for the Autumn Steam Spectacular and Wednesday 12th October 2016

As announced the line up for the Autumn Steam Spectacular Friday 7th – Sunday 9th October has been finalised and the guest locomotives have now arrived. SR ‘Battle of Britain’ Pacific 34053 ‘Sir Keith Park’ was the first to arrive after night had fallen over Ingrow. Today 34053 was followed by GWR ‘Manor’ Class 4-6-0 7822 ‘Foxcote Manor’

Supporting the guest locomotives are the ‘Home Fleet’
• BR Standard 4MT 4-6-0 75078
• WD 2-8-0 90733
• Midland 4F 0-6-0 43924
• USATC S160 2-8-0 “Big Jim” No.5820
• LNWR 0-6-2 ‘Coal Tank’ 1054 (Courtesy of Bahamas Loco society)
• Taff Vale Railway O2 0-6-2T 85
• Hudswell Clarke 0-6-0T 1704 ‘Nunlow (Courtesy of Bahamas Loco society)
• Grafton Steam Crane will be in steam and operating in Oakworth Yard

Full details and passenger timetables are available on the main KWVR website. Follow this link for the enthusiasts working timetable.

The mid-week diesel railbus service will once again be in the hands of the Class 101 diesel multiple unit.

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.

Locomotive Roster for Weekend 20th & 21st August and all next week to Friday 26th August 2016

BR 4MT 4-6-0 75078 has worked throughout this week and will be relieved for the weekend services by WD 2-8-0 90733 which in turn will give way on Monday when MR 4F 0-6-0 43924 takes over and heads the weekday steam service.

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This weekend is the last chance for 2016 to ride on board Vintage Train services when our more venerable locomotives and rolling stock are allowed to stretch their legs on the main line. Once again the line-up will be:

TVR 0-6-2T no. 85 will head the ‘main’ Vintage Set which will be formed of four coaches, comprising coaches from the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Trust and Vintage Carriages Trust:
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 ‘shuttle’ Vintage Set hauled by Hudswell Clarke 0-6-0T 1704 ‘Nunlow’ will once again 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 Class 101 DMU will operate the Saturday and Sunday morning diesel service.

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.

Locomotive Roster for Weekend 4th & 5th June and all next week to Friday 10th June 2016

Having worked the weekday service of half-term, the main service train this weekend will once again be in the hands of MR 4F 0-6-0 43924 and the diesel service will be provided by the Class 101 diesel multiple unit.

However providing the main interest this weekend will be the first outing of the year of the Vintage Train on Sunday, supplemented, new for 2016, by a vintage Keighley – Ingrow West shuttle. TVR 0-6-2T no. 85 will haul the full line service with Hudswell Clarke 0-6-0T no. 1704 ‘Nunlow’ on the shuttles. For full details of the locomotives and coaches in use this weekend, please see the separate news item “Vintage Trains Sunday 5th June 2016“.

For the Monday – Friday weekday service, which now operates every week through to September, TVR 0-6-2T no. 85 will be hauling trains up the Valley on all 5 days.

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.

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.

2015 Autumn Steam Spectacular

With only a few days to go to the 2015 Autumn Steam Spectacular, the latest update is now on the KWVR website including loco news, photo charter information, working timetables, fares and the rules and regulations regarding lineside photography.

Of particular interest to photographers will be the photo charters and full details are now available. As places are limited early booking is advised. As there will now be no visiting locomotive, prices have been reduced making the 3 days a steam action better value than ever.

We cannot over emphasise the incredible difficulties that our hard working volunteer organisers have faced this year, but despite this they are still smiling and looking forward to welcoming everybody to what should still be a spectacular gala. We hope that attendances across the 3 days will be just reward for their endeavours.

 

2015 Autumn Steam Spectacular – Update

With only one week to go to the 2015 Autumn Steam Spectacular, the latest update is now on the KWVR website including loco news, photo charter information, working timetables and the rules and regulations regarding lineside photography.

Of particular interest to photographers will be the photo charters and full details are now available. As places are limited early booking is advised.

 

2015 Autumn Steam Spectacular – Update

Due to unforeseen circumstances, it is with sadness that we are unable to welcome the planned visits of U Class 31806 and Rebuilt Battle Of Britain 34053 ‘Sir Keith Park’ to our Autumn Steam Gala. This is because of restrictions currently in place on road access to the Railway following difficulties with a previous move. We are working hard to source a visiting locomotive that can arrive by rail. The Railway will release further updates as soon as locomotive details and moves are confirmed.

We are grateful to all the efforts of the local authority to solve this problem with us, but it is unlikely to be in time for the October gala.

Locomotives from the Home fleet

• Taff Vale Railway O2 0-6-2T 85 returns to traffic
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• BR Standard 4MT 4-6-0 75078 in fully lined out British Railways livery
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• West Country Pacific 34092 ‘Wells’
• Midland 4F 0-6-0 43924
• WD 2-8-0 90733
• USATC S160 2-8-0 “Big Jim” No.5820
• LNWR ‘0-6-2’ Coal Tank 1054 – (Courtesy of Bahamas Loco society)
• Hudswell Clarke 0-6-0T 1704 Nunlow – (Courtesy of Bahamas Loco society)

Rolling Stock

Full BR corridor gangway set.
Full BR Maroon Suburban set (ex-Kings Cross) – unique to the KWVR
A Pullman style ‘Boat Train’ featuring our 1930s Pullman Cars ‘Ann’ & Mary’, plus coaches from the Vintage Carriages Trust
Demonstration Freight Trains

Trade Displays:

Groups from around the region will be displaying their varied layouts of different shapes and sizes.

Train Services:

The Railway will run intensively from 0830 most days into the early evening. Stations are gaslit during the evenings and give a night-time glow as your train rolls in.

Freight Trains:

A branch goods train will be in operation during the weekend and will be highlighted on the timetable for each day.

Express Trains:

Steam gala weekends offer a rare chance to fly through our intermediate stations at full speed of 25mph on our non-stop services.

Catering:

To start your day, Oxenhope buffet is opening especially early and will be serving bacon and sausage butties to get you off to a fine start to the day. So fill up your tenders and replenish your tanks with a good hearty roll and a hot drink to make sure your long day gets off to a good start.

That should keep you going until lunchtime when you can top up your reserves with some good honest Yorkshire pie and peas, washed down by hot drink or something from the on-board bar where hand pulled real ale will served all day.

Arriving at Keighley or no time to wait at Oxenhope, you can fill up with the usual light snacks from the kiosk but also on Saturday and Sunday we’ll be serving the hot butties and pie and peas there as well.

Enthusiast Photo Events

Detail to be announced

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

COMING SOON

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2014 Autumn Steam Spectacular – Photos & Video

The Railway was blessed by good weather throughout the Autumn Steam Spectacular over the weekend of the 10th – 13th October. The result was a bonanza of excellent photographs and videos.

Here is a selection of the photographs submitted by regular contributors  Neil Harvey, Inspiring Images, Sam Shenton, Robin Lush, Ian Dixon and Colin Smith. Below is a taster of the weekend, click HERE to see the full photo album on Flickr.

Once again the event produced some excellent videos. Our regular contributor Kenneth Baker produced this short taster. Click HERE to see the full version of  Part 1, HERE for an atmospheric Part 2 and Part 3 HERE.

Featured image: Sam Shenton

 

Locomotive Roster Autumn Steam Spectacular 10th – 12th October

The line-up for the 3 days is as announced earlier.

West Country Pacific 34092 ‘City of Wells’
Midland Railway 4F 0-6-0 43924
LMS ‘Black 5’ 4-6-0 45305
WD 2-8-0  90733
USATC 2-8-0 5820
LNWR o-6-2T ‘Coal Tank’ 1054
0-6-0T 1704 ‘Nunlow’

All locomotives will operate everyday, except 5820 which is not rostered for action on Friday .

For the working timetable click HERE and for the timetabled passenger service, click HERE

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.

Autumn Steam Spectacular – Photo Event

Enthusiast Photo Events

As in past years the Railway will be holding a photographic event for enthusiasts where cameos will be performed involving engines selected from the Railway’s pool of available locomotives. Continue reading

October Events – Steam Spectacular

It is going to be a busy month on the Railway in October with three major events on the calendar. First up is the Autumn Steam Spectacular from the 10th to 12th October

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Winter Services – Dramatic Images

Illustrated throughout the site are many excellent images of the Railway’s operations submitted to us by dedicated supporters of the Railway who can regularly be seen at the lineside.

However some photographers take a superb photograph and through the use of photographic software turn the image into something quite striking and powerful. Below are two such examples that we have received, click on either image to see a selection of the best images portraying the Railway in a different atmospheric light.

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Locomotive Roster for 7th – 9th March

The Winter Steam Spectacular is almost upon us and the line-up for the weekend is now confirmed

USA S160 2-8-0 5820 (as 95820)
LNER K4 2-6-0 61994 The Great Marquess  (illustrated on ‘The Fellsman)
MR 4F 0-6-0 43924
WD 8F 2-8-0 90733
LNWR ‘Coal Tank’ 0-6-2 1054
Hudswell Clarke 0-6-0 1704 Nunlow

Last weekend 2 of the locomotives were receiving last minute attention as illustrated below and 95820 had its final running in turns ready for the official launch into traffic.

The 'Coal tank' receives lots of TLC before the big eventThe light is fading as 95820 runs round for its last trip of the day

Featured image: Neil Harvey. Photos: News@KWVR

Unfortunately LMS Class 5MT 4-6-0 45305 Alderman A. E. Draper will now not be operating at the gala due to essential repairs that will not be completed in time