Locomotive Roster for Weekend 1st & 2nd September and weekdays to 7th September 2018

It seems like only a few weeks ago that we were advising everyone of the locomotives for the first weekend of the Summer timetable with daily running and the vintage Haworth – Oxenhope tour bus, and here we are now giving details of the last weekend when the tour bus runs and the last week of steam hauled weekday trains. This summer has not been without its challenges with steam struggling to hold its place at the head of our trains with the searing sun’s rays scorching the lineside grasses and making grass fires a real risk. Thankfully the KWVR faired better than many similar lines and we were able to run most of our trains steam hauled.

For this final week of all week running we will have 4 steam locomotives in operation. The weekend steam service starts with BR Standard 4MT 4-6-0 75078, continuing on from this weeks weekday service. 75078 will haul 4 of the day’s services before handing over to USATC S160 2-8-0 5820 that will be at the head of the last Oxenhope – Keighley – Oxenhope service and, also, that evening’s Haworth Haddock.

5820 continues on Sunday and will be joined by LNWR 0-6-2T ‘Coal tank’ 1054, courtesy of the Bahamas Locomotive Society at Ingrow,  hauling 3 suburban coaches, making an interesting contrast to the corridor coaches behind 5820.

The diesel services on Saturday will be handled by our Class 101 diesel multiple unit.

5820 and 1054 retire on Sunday evening to be replaced by the Railway’s iconic red Ivatt 2-6-2T 41241 hauling 3 BR mark 1 corridor coaches for the last week of every day steam trains.

On Saturday the first train departs Oxenhope (diesel railcar) at 09.00 with steam locomotive trains operating from 11.00 and on Sunday, the first passenger service is steam hauled at 10.15. Weekday services start at 10.00.

In addition the vintage tour bus will be in operation every day.

Timetables:
Saturday- Green
Sunday – Blue
Weekend – Bus Timetable
Weekday – Pink

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.

Advance notice: Due to the start of our annual Civil Week, the Green timetable will be in operation on both Saturday and Sunday, 8th & 9th September.

Locomotive Roster for Weekend 25th & 26th August, Bank Holiday and weekdays to 31st August 2018

This weekend, we have ‘Big Jim’, USATC S160 2-8-0 5820,  at the head of steam services on all three days of the Bank Holiday Weekend.

On Sunday and Monday 5820 and will be joined by Ivatt 2-6-2T 41241 hauling the suburban set of coaches.

The diesel service this Saturday will be locomotive hauled with our monthly Diesel & Ale train running throughout Saturday alongside our steam hauled service. This Saturday’s Steam & Ale Train is scheduled to be hauled by Class 25, 25 059. There will be a real ale bar on both the diesel and steam services

On Saturday (Green Diesel & Ale Timetable) the first train departs Oxenhope (diesel) at 09.00 with steam locomotive trains operating from 11.00 and on Sunday and Monday (Blue Timetable), the first passenger service is steam hauled at 10.15. On Saturday & Sunday the Vintage Tour Bus will be giving Haworth – Oxenhope bus tours around the Valley, free to holders of Rover tickets, and will operate to a specific Bus Timetable.

For the last week of the Summer timetable, the Orange Timetable operates (Tuesday – Friday) with the first service leaving Oxenhope at 10.00 The Orange Timetable includes the Haworth – Oxenhope tour bus which, on dry days, will be provided by an open top double decker for unrivalled views of the local countryside. Tuesday to Friday passenger services will be hauled by BR, Class 4MT 4-6-0 75078

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 11th & 12th August and weekdays to 17th August 2018

This weekend BR Standard 4MT 4-6-0 75078 will head steam services on both days and will continue throughout the week, completing a 7 day operating stint.

On Sunday there will be an interesting pairing harking back to the last steam hauled services on the branch in BR days. In addition to 75078 on the main service train, it will be joined by Ivatt 2-6-2T 41241 hauling just 3 coaches reminiscent of services in 1950s as depicted here of classmate 41273 on a Keighley – Oxenhope push-pull train standing at Oxenhope ready to return northwards. In 2018 however the ex-LMS coaches will be replaced by 3 suburban coaches, making an interesting contrast to the corridor coaches behind 75078

The diesel services on Saturday will be handled by our Class 101 diesel multiple unit.

On Saturday the first train departs Oxenhope (diesel railcar) at 09.00 with steam locomotive trains operating from 11.00 and on Sunday, the first passenger service is steam hauled at 10.15.

In addition the vintage tour bus will be in operation every day.

Timetables:
Saturday- Green
Sunday – Blue
Weekend – Bus Timetable
Weekday – Orange (train and bus)

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 28th & 29th July and weekdays to 3rd August 2018

These last few weeks have emphasised the difficulty of advising, in advance, the locomotives to be rostered for our services, and never has the disclaimer at the foot of these notifications been more appropriate.

The fire risk continues and our trackside is still tinder dry, resulting in the Railway, reluctantly, replacing Thursday’s steam locomotive with one of our diesels but, as yet, there is no blanket steam ban on the KWVR and steam passenger services continue whenever possible.

This weekend, with the usual disclaimer, will have ‘Big Jim’, USATC S160 2-8-0 5820,  at the head of steam services on both days and will continue with the weekday service.

On Sunday 5820 and will be joined by Ivatt 2-6-2T 41241 on our Sunday Vintage Train service. However conditions were favourable last weekend for the preferred locomotive, LNWR ‘Coal Tank’ 0-6-2T 1054 to head the Vintage Train. These are tricky times and we ask for understanding if the advertised locomotive is substituted.

The diesel service this Saturday will be locomotive hauled with our monthly Diesel & Ale train running throughout Saturday alongside our steam hauled service. This will be hauled by Class 37, 37 075.

On Saturday (Green Diesel & Ale Timetable) the first train departs Oxenhope (diesel) at 09.00 with steam locomotive trains operating from 11.00 and on Sunday (Blue Vintage Train Timetable), the first passenger service is steam hauled at 10.15.

Throughout the week the Orange Timetable operates (Monday – Friday) with the first service leaving Oxenhope at 10.00 The Orange Timetable includes the Haworth – Oxenhope tour bus which, on dry days, will be provided by an open top double decker for unrivalled views of the local countryside.

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 21st & 22nd July and weekdays to 27th July 2018

Firstly, an apology for the non-appearance of the roster for last weekend and the current week. Due to the ongoing fire risk plus outstanding repairs it was not possible to post the roster in advance.

Despite rain in the last week the fire risk continues and our trackside is still tinder dry but, unlike the ‘big’ railway, there is no steam ban on the KWVR and steam passenger services continue.

This weekend BR Standard 4MT 4-6-0 75078 will head steam services on both days and footplate crews being urged to drive steam locomotives sympathetically to the conditions. With a 6 coach train on Saturday and with conditions in mind these trains will be “banked” by English Electric 0-6-0 diesel D0226 ‘Vulcan’.

On Sunday 75078 continues alone on a 5 coach formation and will be joined by Ivatt 2-6-2T 41241 on the our Sunday Vintage Train service. Conditions are still too dry to roster LNWR 0-6-2T 1054 which is less powerful than the Ivatt.

The diesel services on Saturday will be handled by our Class 101 diesel multiple unit.

On Saturday (Green Timetable) the first train departs Oxenhope (diesel railcar) at 09.00 with steam locomotive trains operating from 11.00 and on Sunday (Blue Vintage Train Timetable), the first passenger service is steam hauled at 10.15.

This week sees the introduction of the Orange Timetable (Monday – Friday) with the first service leaving Oxenhope at 10.00 hauled by BR ‘Ivatt Tank’ 2-6-2T 41241, resplendent in  its KWVR / LMS crimson lake re-opening livery, and this locomotive will continue throughout the week. The Orange Timetable hails the introduction of the Haworth – Oxenhope tour bus which, on dry days will be provided by an open top double decker for unrivalled views of the local countryside.

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 7th & 8th July and weekdays to 13th July 2018

With the hot weather continuing and our trackside tinder dry, it has been a challenging week for the Railway, but, there is no steam ban on the KWVR and steam passenger services continue, but this weekend with a little help from the rear.

This weekend BR Standard 4MT 4-6-0 75078 will head steam services on both days as footplate crews are urged to drive steam locomotives sympathetically to the conditions. With this in mind these trains will be “banked” by BR Class 20 diesel 20 031.

This pairing continues on Sunday when we will also have the second of our vintage Sundays which this weekend will be headed by MR 4F 0-6-0 43924.

The diesel services on Saturday will be handled by our Class 101 diesel multiple unit.

On Saturday the first train departs Oxenhope (diesel railcar) at 09.00 with steam locomotive trains operating from 11.00 and on Sunday, the first passenger service is steam hauled at 10.15.

Weekday has the Pink timetable in use with the first service leaving Oxenhope at 10.00 and after a successful return at our 50th Anniversary Gala these services will be hauled by BR ‘Ivatt Tank’ 2-6-2T 41241, resplendent in  its KWVR / LMS crimson lake re-opening livery, the first time the ‘Ivatt’ has operated a service train since restoration.

For the timetables in operation this 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 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 weekdays commencing 26th June and weekend 1st & 2nd July 2017

MR 4F 0-6-0 43924 will have the honours hauling the weekday and weekend services between Oxenhope to Keighley. On Sunday 43924 will be joined by LNWR 0-6-2T ‘Coal tank’ 1054 with the second of our Sunday Vintage trains comprising a set of our more venerable coaches with four from the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Trust and the Metropolitan brake from the Vintage Carriages Trust.

The Saturday diesel turn will have our Class 101 Diesel Multiple Unit running the services with the first train leaving Oxenhope at 09.00 on Saturday.

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.

This weekend sees the return of the Model Railway Exhibition with the main event at Oxenhope and additional attractions at Ingrow.

In similar circumstances to the NEC, we will have on display the partially restored Ivatt 41241 in order to0 raise the Appeal’s profile as we look to raise at least a further £35,000 towards the restoration costs.

These latest images taken by James Horrell, one of the Ivatt team, shows 41241 on its way to Oxenhope, so come along and see how the work that the team have achieved to date.

Model Railway Exhibition 1st & 2nd July 2017

Following the success of last year’s model railway exhibition at Ingrow, 2017 sees the railway will holding the 2017 Model Railway Exhibition at Oxenhope where, with the rolling stock removed, the expanse of Oxenhope Exhibition Shed allows us to stage a larger exhibition. In addition there will be demonstrations at Ingrow West Station.
The event takes place on Saturday 1st and Sunday the 2nd July from 10.00 to 16.30 and entrance is free for those holding a Day Rover ticket.

A perfect day out for all the family.

Ivatt 41241 Appeal

At Oxenhope visitors will have the opportunity to see under restoration Ivatt tank 41241 which is being prepared to haul the 50th anniversary train in June 2018 just as it did back in 1968 when the Railway re-opened.

Over the wheel drop and looking somewhat ‘Tango-ed’ in the sun on the 17th June, the sidetanks are back on and are seen in undercoat ready to receive further applications ready for the event.

 

 

Ivatt Restoration Update

The Society’s in-house magazine Push & Pull publishes an update on the restoration of Ivatt 2-6-2T 41241 every quarter. Since publication of the Winter 2016/17 edition, progress has continued apace with a view to completion in time for the Re-opening Anniversary celebrations in June  2018. Here Callum Porter and James Horrell of the Ivatt Team document and illustrate the continued restoration up to the end of January 2017. Continue reading

41241 – Ivatt Appeal Update

Regular Website readers will already know that our Ivatt class 2 tank locomotive 41241 is currently out of service whilst undergoing a major overhaul. The railway is however anxious to have the locomotive ready for service again by early 2018, in order that it might be available to head our Anniversary Special train later that year, marking fifty years since it performed a similar task at the head of the preserved line’s reopening train.

We launched our 50th Anniversary Return to Steam appeal for the lvatt 41241 tank locomotive just over a year ago and since then we have made significant progress towards raising the overall £200,000 sum which we need to see the locomotive returned to steam by June 20l8 in time to then haul our special anniversary train.

After the success of our first 2 appeals – Sponsor-a-boiler-tube Appeal and Sponsorship Packages we are now launching our third stage of the Appeal – Sponsor a Firebox Stay. To see how you can help raise the funds to get 41241 over the line, Read More >>>>

Ivatt 41241 Update

Callum Porter, a regular member of the Ivatt team, has sent in this report of the team’s activities over the last month or so.

The rear pony truck was disassembled a few months ago and in the intervening time every component has been stripped, checked and painted. The truck was then re-assembled by the team, finished off, painted and stored ready for fitting. On the 16th July the locomotive was jacked up and the rear truck placed under and lowered back down so returning it to its rightful place.

More recently work has turned towards cleaning up the bottom end of the loco (frames, wheels etc.) ready for painting. Once the bottom end painting is complete the tanks can be refitted which, hopefully will be end August / September.

Behind the scenes all the new and old bushes for the motion have been re-white metalled and are awaiting machining them to finish size before they can be pressed into the rods and re fitted.
Once the side tanks will go back, there is some work on the cab to be completed, tanks painting and applying some finishing touches on them both. A start has been made on the new motion brasses so, with a fair wind, the motion will be back together before November.

The result of all this work, it is hoped, is that by the end of Autumn, 41241 will have the side tanks on, motion re-assembled and in red undercoat. June 2018 gets ever closer.

There is a constant and substantial amount of work required to our locomotives to keep the trains running, and extra hands are always needed to complete the tasks. If you can spare time to help either the ‘Ivatt Team’ or work on other locomotive restorations and maintenance, please contact Operations Officer, Richard Jones on 01535 645214 or richard.jones@kwvr.co.uk

The Ivatt Restoration Appeal is still open for sponsorship packages and Ivatt merchandise, that supports the Appeal, is available from our ‘pop-up’ stalls on the Railway and by telephone to Haworth Station, 01535 645214. And don’t forget the annual Beer & Music Festival is this year dedicated to the Ivatt Appeal with all profits adding to the Appeal fund.

41241 in BR days

Ask anyone if, whilst allocated to Skipton shed, Ivatt 2-6-2T 41241 hauled rolling stock along the Worth Valley branch and you will receive a resounding “No!”

Whilst physically that answer is correct, the record books suggest otherwise, 41241 hauled daily what in this day and age could be called a ‘ghost train’.

That well known KWVR figure, David Pearson, has sent in this absolute gem of BR at work in the latter days of steam.

In the National Archive is the correspondence sending her from Llandudno Junction to Skipton. It clearly states that she was sent to Skipton in 1964 to work the Worth Valley branch goods train. The branch had closed in 1961 and this was commented upon by an unknown hand at Euston, when sending the memo back to Crewe where the comment was added; “send in any case; will employ at least two men and use some coal”.

Astonishingly, the move was made and at least one KWVR volunteer remembers her passing his school in Keighley as she arrived from Skipton more or less every day, light engine, about noon. On arrival she was parked in the Banana Siding alongside the long demolished goods shed, where she stayed for about three hours doing absolutely nothing, rather than work the branch goods, had it still been open and operated. She then went back to Skipton about 3.30 p.m. having done nothing at all. She did this utterly pointless exercise for at least two years, presumably employing at least two men and burning lots of coal; a remarkable comment on the objectives of a nationalised industry.

We are grateful to David for passing on for a wider audience information that came to light some years ago, during research into the wider subject of locomotives that worked on the KWVR whilst part of the national network. You couldn’t make it up.

David Quail's photograph taken on the 11th July 1966 shows 41241 in a woebegone state in steam at Skipton shed. Waiting to take the Worth Valley freight? We'll never know.

David Quail’s photograph taken on the 11th July 1966 shows 41241 in a woebegone state in steam at Skipton shed. Waiting to take the Worth Valley freight? We’ll never know.

Ivatt Appeal Casualwear

Regular readers will already know that our Ivatt class 2 tank locomotive 41241 is currently out of service whilst undergoing a major overhaul. The railway is however anxious to have the locomotive ready for service again by early 2018 in order that it might be available to head our Anniversary Special train later that year marking fifty years since it performed a similar task at the head of the preserved line’s reopening train.

The Sponsor-a-boiler-tube Appeal and the Sponsorship Packages have been very successful and have raised over £60,000 towards restoring Ivatt 2-6-2T 41241 back into traffic in time for the 2018 celebrations of 50 years since the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway re-opened in the preservation era.

However we still have some way to go and we are delighted to introduce a range of casualwear in support of the appeal.

To find out more and place your order for a T-Shirt, Polo Shirt or Hoody go to the Ivatt Appeal page of the website.

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Ivatt 41241 Sponsorship Packages

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After the success of the Boiler Tube Appeal which is now 90% subscribed but is till open for anyone wishing to specifically donate for this aspect of the restoration, we have now launched the second phase of the fund raising for Return to Steam appeal for the Ivatt tank locomotive, 41241..

You can become an Official Ivatt Appeal Supporter from JUST £5 A MONTH, and receive a special Package of supporter benefits …

Following the launch of our 50th Anniversary Return to Steam appeal for the Ivatt 41241 tank locomotive with Sponsor-a-Tube, we are now offering supporters another opportunity to join the campaign and this time to receive an attractive range of benefits, many of which are unique to this appeal.

There are three supporter packages available (bronze, silver, and gold) and all can be subscribed to with either a single upfront payment or by modest regular monthly payments by standing order from your bank account.

Follow the link to visit the KWVR website for full details of how you can help!

Ivatt Boiler Tube Appeal Update

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Are you looking to sponsor one of 41241’s boiler tubes. Then don’t delay as they are selling fast. As of today, Sunday 26th July, 101 small and 8 large have been generously sponsored which leaves just 61 and 4 respectively to be sponsored.

If you want to help this worthwhile restoration, follow the link to visit the Appeal page on the website for full details of how you can help!

Ivatt Boiler Tube Appeal Update

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For the KWVR, 2018 will be a year to celebrate. It marks a significant milestone the 50th year since the railway reopened to passenger operations as a preserved line.

To make 2018 a ‘double celebration’ year, the Ivatt tank, once a common site on our branch line in BR days, will again be back in steam. 41241 was one of the locomotives that pulled the KWVR line Re-opening Special back in 1968 and will take part in the 50th anniversary celebrations. Putting the Ivatt back into steam however comes at a cost, £200,000 and with a 2018 deadline this adds significant time pressure. The clock is ticking, work is already well underway and the bills are starting to come in.

41241 needs you!

Just two weeks ago the railway launched the first stage of a fundraising programme for 41241 – ‘Sponsor a Boiler Tube Appeal’ – to our membership. This appeal has had a great response from our membership and has raised £9,750 in sponsorship and donations, with Gift Aid worth adding an additional £1,500.

We have more than 54% of the boiler tubes now allocated to sponsor’s and there are only 5 of the large boiler tubes available.

This appeal is open to all who wish to see 41241 back in steam in her natural environment.

Follow the link to visit the 41241 Ivatt – Appeal for more details and to download the Ivatt Appeal sponsorship . But do not delay if you wish to be one of the Ivatt’s boiler tube sponsors. Complete the sponsorship form and send it with your donation cheque as soon as possible.

Best wishes from the 41241 Ivatt Appeal team.

Ivatt 41241 Boiler Tube Appeal

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We are launching our 50th Anniversary Return to Steam appeal for the Ivatt tank locomotive, 41241, with an opportunity for you to sponsor individual replacement tubes in the engine’s boiler. This will be the first of many activities we are planning to raise the total funding required to get the Ivatt tank engine back into steam in time for the big anniversary celebrations in June 2018.

The boiler is at the heart of the process of converting heat from the burning of coal, into the steam pressure which drives the pistons and wheels of the locomotive.

We are now starting the work to replace each of the 12 large and 162 small steel tubes that run through the length of the boiler, carrying the hot air from the firebox and out to the chimney, but we urgently need funds to progress with this stage of the work.

Follow the link to visit the KWVR website for full details of how you can help!

Ivatt 2-6-2 41241 Overhaul Update

There has been considerable activity on 41241 in readiness for its return to steam in time for the 50th Anniversary in 2018 of the re-opening of the branch.

Noel Hartley, project leader for the Ivatt restoration, has sent in this report after visual recent activity of our iconic locomotive with the removal of the side tanks with the help of the recently restored Grafton steam crane. Continue reading