Virtual Locomotive Roster for Friday 26th to Sunday 28th June and Wednesday 1st to Friday 3rd July 2020

In 2020 this coming weekend was earmarked for the return of the Diesel Gala after an absence of 6 years, although we had diesels at our 50th Anniversary celebrations and at our Mixed Traffic Gala in 2019.

So we take a trip back this week to 2014 when we hosted the last Diesel Gala and welcomed three guest locomotives plus one returnee after many years of toil by it’s owner, Ben Wade, to return it to action. So our virtual lineup this weekend will be

Class 25 no. D5217 – owned by Nemisis Rail and currently under restoration


Class 33 no. 33 035 – owned by the Pioneer Diesel Loco Group, is normally based at the Ecclesbourne Valley Line in Derbyshire.


Class 31 no. D5830 – owned by Type One Loco Ltd and based at the Great Central Railway

From the home fleet
Class 20 no. 20 031
Class 25 no. 25 059
Class 37 no. 37 075
0-6-0 D0226 Vulcan
0-6-0 D32 returning to action after a long period of restoration

In 2014 as today, there was a weekday steam service with the locomotive taking the honours this virtual year as in 2014, USATC S160 2-8-0 5820

 

Virtual Locomotive Roster for the Weekend 30th & 31st May and Wednesday 3rd – Friday 5th June 2020

This week on our virtual look back in time, we return to the last year of the decade, 2019, but this year we have the added bonus of a virtual Diesel & Ale Saturday. The week’s virtual steam services will be handled by a combination of BR Standard Class 2MT 2-6-0 78022 at the weekend and Midland Railway 4F 0-6-0 43924 in operation on Sunday and weekdays. The virtual Diesel & Ale train on Saturday will have Class 20 20 031 at its head. In 2019 the weekday services from now until September ran Monday to Friday but cut back to Wednesday to Friday in 2020 for June and early July.

  • Saturday 30th May:
    Virtual Steam service – British Railways Class 2MT 2-6-0 78022
    Virtual Diesel & Ale service – British Railways Type 1, Class 20 BO – BO Diesel Electric No. 20 031
  • Sunday 31st May:
    Virtual Steam service – British Railways Class 2MT 2-6-0 78022

    Virtual Steam service – Midland Railway 4F 0-6-0 43924
  • Wednesday 3rd June – Friday 5th June:
    Virtual Steam service – Midland Railway 4F 0-6-0 43924

Virtual Timetables:

  • Saturday 30th May – Diesel & Ale Blue timetable
  • Sunday 31st May – Blue timetable
  • Wednesday 3rd June – Friday 5th June – Pink Timetable

 

Bridge 11 – Update

Until the end of January, despite much publicity about the condition of Bridge 11 at Ingrow and the £150,000 appeal to fund its replacement, there have been few signs to the general public of the impending work.

That all changed on Wednesday 29th and Thursday 30th January when the new Bridge 11 was delivered to Ingrow and the 8 constituents parts moved by rail to sit alongside the tracks ready for the major work to take place in late March, when the 115 year old bridge will be removed and the new bridge craned into place.

For further information and a pictorial record of the movement of the eight components, click HERE.

Locomotive Roster for the weekend Saturday 14th & Sunday 15th December 2019

The motive power for the Santa Steam Special weekend 14th and 15th December will be as follows:

  • Saturday 14th December
    Santa Steam Special (steam south end) – LMS Class 5MT 4-6-0 45212

    Standy – USATC S160 2-8-0 5820
    Santa Steam Special (diesel north end) – British Railways Type 1, Class 20 BO – BO Diesel Electric No. 20 031
    Diesel railcar service – British Railways Metropolitan-Cammel Class 101 Diesel Multiple Unit No’s. M51189 & Sc51803
    Timetable – Diesel Railcar  Timetable
  • Sunday 15th December
    Santa Steam Special (steam south end) – USATC S160 2-8-0 5820

    Standy – LMS Class 5MT 4-6-0 45212
    Santa Steam Special (diesel north end) – British Railways Type 1, Class 20 BO – BO Diesel Electric No. 20 031
    Diesel railcar service – British Railways Metropolitan-Cammel Class 101 Diesel Multiple Unit No’s. M51189 & Sc51803
    Timetable – Diesel Railcar  Timetable

Whilst every effort will be 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.

News from Haworth Sheds

If you have visited the KWVR and travelled along the Worth Valley, I am sure you will have encountered at least one of our young volunteers. One of those volunteers, 15 years old Joe Shaw, has joined the website team and, with a fair wind and school work permitting, Joe will be bringing news of what is happening in Haworth Shed and, hopefully in due course, other areas of the Railway. Those who follow Haworth Shed on Facebook, may well recognise some of the content, and thanks must go to the volunteers there for keeping us posted on what is happening to keep the wheels turning.

This article is the first of what we hope will be a regular feature of News@KWVR. We’ll let Joe take up the story ……

The KWVR has nearly 20 operational diesel and steam locomotives, to keep the wheels turning on all of these locomotives, without a doubt, is a challenge. However, fortunately at the KWVR, there is a team of hardworking, enthusiastic volunteers who work day and, sometimes, night to ensure that these locomotives are well maintained and are able to haul trains up and down the valley.

 

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Locomotive Roster for the 22nd – 28th December 2018

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.

Locomotive Roster for the Weekend 15th & 16th December 2018

Santa Steam Specials are running to capacity, and despite the poor weather conditions we have seen lots and lots of happy faces. This weekend has the possibility of some snow showers and if that combines with clear blue skies, you have the picture postcard Santa Specials.

This weekend, as with all Santa Steam Specials, trains will have a combination of locomotives, with steam locomotives operating on the south, Oxenhope end of the train, assisted by one of our mainline diesel locomotives at the Keighley end. Once again steam motive power will be provided by 2 locomotives. On Saturday, taking its first tour of Santa duty this year, will be MR 4F 0-6-0 43924 and on Sunday BR Class 2 2-6-0 78022 will have the honours.  Both locomotives will be in steam, 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.

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.

 

Locomotive Roster for the Weekend 8th & 9th December 2018

The first Santa Steam Specials ran to capacity last weekend albeit in poor weather conditions but there were lots of smiling faces nonetheless. Hopefully this weekend will be a little better although some rain (hopefully not s much) is forecast

Throughout the Santa season, trains will have a combination of locomotives, with steam locomotives operating on the south, Oxenhope end of the train, assisted by one of our mainline diesel locomotives at the Keighley end. Steam motive power for the Santa Steam Specials will be provided by 2 locomotives, BR Class 2 2-6-0 78022 on Saturday (its 2nd day in passenger service after overhaul) and BR Ivatt 2-6-2T 41241, that hauled trains throughout last weekend, on Sunday.  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.

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.

Locomotive Roster for Saturday 23rd June and 50th Anniversary 8-Day Gala

Only 3 days to go before we start our 8 days celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway re-opening on the 29th June 1968.

The following locomotives will be in operation over the 9 days from Saturday 23rd June to Sunday 1st July

Steam Locomotives

Visitors

London Midland Scottish Railway ‘Royal Scot’ Class 4-6-0 46100 ‘Royal Scot’
London Midland Scottish Railway Class 5MT ‘Black 5’ 4-6-0 45212
Southern Region ‘West Country’ Pacific 34092 ‘City of Wells’
Great Western Railway 0-6-0PT 7714

Home Fleet

British Railway Ivatt 2-6-2T 41241
Midland 4F 0-6-0 43924
British Railway Standard 4MT 4-6-0 75078
United States of America Transport Corp S160 2-8-0 5820
London & North Western Railway ‘Coal Tank’ 0-6-2T 1054

Diesel Locomotives

Visitors

British Railway ‘Deltic’ Class 55, 55 019 ‘Royal Highland Fusiliers
British Railways Class 50, 50 035 ‘Ark Royal’
GB Railfreight Class 66
GB Railfreight Class 73
Direct Rail Services Class 37

Home Fleet

Mersey Docks & Harbour Board 0-6-0 Diesel Shunter D32
British Railways Class 20, 20 031
British Railways Class 25, 25 059
English Electric 0-6-0 D0226 ‘Vulcan’

An 8 day Gala involving this multitude of steam and diesel locomotives has been planned with the following proposed daily roster:

Saturday 23rd June: 45212 (+ 43924 on the Saturday works train)
Sunday 24th June: 41241 (relaunch into traffic), 75078, 5820, 1054, 45212 and 34092
Monday 25th June: 46100 & 41241 (top and tailed), 34092 and 45212
Tuesday 26th June: 46100 & 41241 (top and tailed), 34092 and 75078
Wednesday 27th June: 46100 & 41241 (top and tailed), 34092 and 43924
Thursday 28th June: 43924, 41241, 1054, 7714, D32 and D0226
Friday 29th June: 41241 (re-opening Anniversary train), 5820, 45212, 34092, 7714, GBRf 66 xxx and GBRf 73 xxx
Saturday 30th June: 41241, 43924, 1054, 45212, 34092, 7714, 55 019, 50 035, 20 031 and DRS 37 xxx
Sunday 1st July: 55 019, 50 035, D32, 20 031, 25 059, D0226, GBRf 66 xxx, GBRf 73 xxx and DRS 37 xxx

To download the working timetables for all 8 days of the Gala, click HERE.

To view the daily passenger timetables visit the KWVR website or to download the passenger timetables for all 8 days of the Gala, 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

Locomotive Roster for Weekend 19th & 20th May 2018

There are three very special events this weekend. Whilst the nation looks on in awe of the Royal couple and football fans watch the FA Cup final, Haworth will be holding its Haworth 1940s Weekend, arguably one of the best such events in the country.

To cater for the crowds that flock to the Valley for this event, the Railway is running an intensive timetable throughout both days. To ensure punctuality of the service, we will have 3 locomotives operating each day with changeover at Keighley, rather than the usual running round. The line up will be

  • USATC S160 2-8-0 5820
  • MR 4F 0-6-0 43924
  • BR Class 4MT 4-6-0 75078

In addition, the early morning diesel service from Oxenhope will be locomotive hauled stock in the capable hands of Class 20, no. 20 031. With FOUR mainline locomotives in action this weekend is almost a mini-gala.

First trains depart both Oxenhope (diesel hauled) and Keighley (steam hauled) at 08.45 with the last diesel service, the 10.15 from Keighley and then its 100% steam for the rest of the day.

The same timetable operates on Saturday and Sunday this weekend, please click HERE for this weekend’s timetable.

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

Diesel Service Amendment

No sooner had the news item been sent out regarding the diesel service this weekend, than Mission Control (Haworth Station) sent out an amendment that only the Saturday diesel service would now be cancelled and Sunday services will run as per the published Blue timetable with 75078 and M79964.

In addition, on Saturday all steam services on the advertised revised green timetable, will run as a top and tailed formation with steam on the Oxenhope end, 75078, and the class 20 diesel, 20 031, on the Keighley end.

Hopefully, that is now set in stone, unless someone else knows differently! So, brave the cold, just as our volunteers have bravely done, and get out there with your cameras to record this unusual formation, normally only seen when the man in red with the reindeer comes around.

Locomotive Roster Wednesday 27th September and weekend 30th September & 1st October 2017

This week sees the introduction of the mid-week diesel railcar service with 6 round trips starting at 10.00. This service has proved popular with our passengers and to accommodate the number of people who travel at this time of year, the service will be operated by the Class 101 diesel multiple unit.

On Saturday the Railway has the last of our Diesel & Ale Days, just 3 weeks before the much awaited Beer & Music Festival  which starts on Thursday 19th October. The steam service will be headed by MR 4F 0-6-0 43924 with the Saturday diesel locomotive hauled train in the hands of Class 20, 20 031.

Autumn is well and truly here and Sunday sees us into October which means the introduction of the revised Blue Timetable with just one steam service and relief path in the hands of a diesel railcar. 43924 will continue on Sunday taking the main service set; starting at 10.15 and offering 5 round trips. The Class 101 will be operating all day with 4 rounds trips, starting at 11.00.

For the timetables in operation this weekend, please click HERE to visit the main website.

Whilst every effort will be 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.

Locomotive Roster for weekdays commencing 24th July and weekend 29th & 30th July 2017

USATC S160 2-8-0 5820 will see 7 days of continuous running this week, operating the weekday and weekend steam service from Oxenhope to Keighley. On Sunday 5820 will be joined by BR Class 4MT 4-6-0 75078 on the relief set.

Saturday sees the 4th of our end of month diesel and steam Saturdays which this year features sponsorship by a local brewery in what we have termed Diesel & Ale Saturdays. This Diesel & Ale Saturday will have English Electric Class 20, 20 031 providing the diesel service throughout the day when the buffet will be sponsored by local Keighley based, Wishbone Brewery serving a selection of their own real ales throughout the day.

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.

Locomotive Roster for weekdays commencing 5th June and weekend 10th & 11th June 2017

Daily running of a steam services starts on Monday 5th June when the KWVR will be offering 4 return trips of the branch with the first train departing Oxenhope at 10.00. For the start of daily running WD 2-8-0 90733 will be at the head of all timetabled steam services throughout the week.

At the weekend 90733 will continue on Saturday and Sunday, being joined by MR 4F 0-6-0 43924 on Sunday.

The weekend of the 10th & 11th is not only a weekend of steam action but it is our Steam & Ale Trail weekend with an enhanced service with an intensive timetable of 2 train operations on both days with both steam and mainline diesel haulage. Visit the main KWVR website Steam & Ale Trail page for all the information you need about this popular event, first introduced in 2016.

On Saturday 90733 will operate the steam service with the second train in the capable hands of our mainline diesels, Class 20, 20 031, and Class 37 37 075. On Sunday 90733 and 43924 will be hauled by our Class 25 diesel, 25 059. For enthusiasts wanting details of which train each locomotive will be hauling, CLICK HERE for the detailed timetable.

For the public passenger timetables in operation during the week and the weekend, please click HERE to visit the main website.

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.

Locomotive Roster for Bank Holiday Weekend 27th – 29th August and all next week to Friday 2nd September 2016

This weekend is the last Saturday of the month, so a two train service will operate all day with the relief train in the hands of one of our ‘big’ diesels. Originally Class 25 059 had been pencilled in to return to service this weekend but its overhaul continues so English Electric Class 20 no. 20 031 will take a 4 coach set throughout the day. The Class 101 DMU will operate the Sunday morning diesel service.

MR 4F 0-6-0 43924 will step down on Friday with WD 2-8-0 90733 taking over for the weekend service. On Sunday and Monday 90733 will be joined by BR Class 4MT 4-6-0 75078 which will then continue for the rest of the week on the final Orange timetable service for this year.

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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.

Locomotive Roster for Weekend 13th & 14th August and all next week to Friday 19th August 2016

MR 4F 0-6-0 43924 has been at the head of weekday services this week and now takes a rest for a water change, with BR Standard 4MT 4-6-0 75078 taking over for the weekend, then continuing throughout the week on the weekday steam service. On Saturday the early morning diesel service will be in the hands of the Class 101 diesel multiple unit but Sunday sees English Electric 0-6-0 D0226 at the head of coaching stock on the Sunday morning diesel service.

43924 returns on Sunday, taking over from D0226 on the 11.45 ex-Oxenhope.

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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.

Locomotive Roster for Weekend 23rd & 24th July and all next week to Friday 29th July 2016

LMS Class 5MT 4-6-0 45212 is at Haworth receiving attention from Haworth works staff so linesiders will have to wait a little longer before the locomotive is out on the branch. BR Class 4MT 4-6-0 75078 will be at the head of the steam service for a 7 day turn of duty from Saturday right through the week to Friday. 75078 will be joined on Sunday by WD 2-8-0 90733.

The normal early morning diesel railbus on Saturday will once again feature English Electric Class 20 no. 20 031 at the head of locomotive hauled stock. The Class 101 DMU will operate the Sunday morning diesel service.

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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.

Locomotive Roster for Weekend 16th & 17th July and all next week to Friday 22nd July 2016

This weekend is the 4th of our series of Vintage Train Sundays when our more venerable locomotives and rolling stock are allowed to stretch their legs on the main line.

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 LNWR 0-6-2T ‘Coal Tank’ 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

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BR Class 4MT 4-6-0 75078 will head the main timetable services throughout the weekend, with the weekday service in the hands of MR 4F 0-6-0 43924.

The normal early morning diesel railbus is rested on Saturday and English Electric Class 20 no. 20 031 will take a locomotive hauled set on the morning diesel run before handing over to 75078. The Class 101 DMU will operate the 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.

ex-LMS ‘Black 5’ 45212 Arrives Home

After a long and protracted restoration to mainline condition, ex-LMS Class 5MT 4-6-0 45212 has returned, albeit for a very limited period, to the KWVR for final painting and running-in prior to returning to Ian Riley’s at Bury for any remedial work and final preparation for returning to the mainline.

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Locomotive Roster for Weekend 9th & 10th July and all next week to Friday 15th July 2016

The arrival of LMS Class 5MT 4-6-0 45212 has set tongues wagging but linesiders will have to wait a little longer before the locomotive is put through its paces. BR Class 4MT 4-6-0 75078 has operated throughout the week but MR 4F 0-6-0 43924 will take over for the weekend being joined on Sunday by WD 2-8-0 90733 that will then continue through to Friday 15th July on the weekday service.

The normal early morning diesel railbus is again rested on Saturday and English Electric Class 20 no. 20 031 will take the service set on the morning diesel run before handing over to 43924. The Class 101 DMU will operate the Sunday morning diesel service.

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