‘Flying Scotsman’ – 9 Days on the KWVR

Almost 400 images have been gratefully received and have been whittled down to just under 200 representing a cross section of styles, views and locations, cataloguing Saturday 1st – Sunday 9th April, 9 amazing and never to be forgotten days with the most famous locomotive in the world 60103, ‘Flying Scotsman’.

To see the superb complete collection of photographs, sent to us by countless photographs who attended during the week, visit the  “Flying Scotsman on the KWVR” photograph album on Flickr.

We showcase below just a small collection of those being displayed in the album plus two of many videos on YouTube.

In addition to photographs there has been some excellent footage posted on YouTube, with these two from Steaming Around Yorkshire and Penny Steam just a sample of what is available on the YouTube channel.

For all the images collected of the Oxenhope to Carlisle Special visit our Flickr page.

Locomotive Roster for 2017 ‘Haworth 1940s’ Weekend

With the Haworth 1940s Weekend stretching over 3 days, steam service trains will be running everyday with 3 steam locomotives that saw service in the war years plus some mainline diesel action on Saturday and Sunday morning.

On the roster for the whole weekend’s operation is WD 2-8-0 90733, a locomotive built specifically as part of the war effort, and saw service in mainland Europe before cessation of hostilities.

On Saturday 90733 is joined by our second locomotive built for the hostilities, USATC S160 2-8-0 5820, built in the USA to the British loading gauge but shipped directly to Poland in 1945, from where it was purchased in 1977. The 3rd steam engine in action will be 4F 0-6-0 43924, built in 1920 by the Midland Railway which had already “clocked” up many miles after 19 years service when war broke out in Europe.

Starting with the 11.00 departure from Keighley these 3 locomotives will work turn and turn about giving a variety of motive power on departures from Keighley. Of particular interest to enthusiasts will be the 17.45, the last passenger working of the day from Keighley when 90733 will double head with train engine 5820. The last departure from Keighley will be the 18.25 ECS working to Oxenhope.

Class 101 DMU will be on the early morning diesel service on Friday when the Green timetable is in operation. On Saturday and Sunday the first and third departures from Keighley and the second from Oxenhope will be diesel hauled stock with BR Type 2 diesel electric locomotive number 25 059 in charge.

And don’t forget, mid-week, the Diesel Railcar Service that operates on Wednesday.

For the timetables in operation this weekend, please click HERE to visit the Times & Fares page of the 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 Weekend 13th & 14th May 2017

Another weekend of “normal” running with no special trains and the standard Green timetable on Saturday and Blue timetable on Sunday.

The mainstay of this weekend’s steam service will be BR Standard 4 4-6-0 75078, the first steam service on Saturday departing Oxenhope at 11.00 for 5 round trips to Keighley. On Sunday 75078 will be joined on Sunday by MR 4F 0-6-0 43924 with passenger services starting at 10.15.

The Saturday diesel turn and the Wednesday diesel railcar service (which returns next week) will have our Class 101 Diesel Multiple Unit running the services with the first train leaving Oxenhope at 09.00 on Saturday and 10.00 on Wednesday

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 Allocation for Flying Scotsman Week

After all the planning, hours of midnight oil burning and the odd heart flutter, the long awaited arrival of ‘Flying Scotsman’ is only a few hours away.

With 2 steam locomotives and the diesel multiple unit operating all day over the weekend plus 3 locomotives in steam from Monday right through to the following Sunday, these are exciting times indeed. 60103 arrives on Wednesday 29th March and the first excursion from Oxenhope for many years takes place on Friday, when Flying Scotsman leaves Oxenhope at 08.30 for Carlisle.

Locomotive allocation 1st – 9th April

1st & 2nd April
Steam: WD 2-8-0 90733 & BR Standard Class 4MT 4-6-0 75078
Diesel: Class 101 diesel multiple unit on Keighley – Ingrow Shuttle

3rd – 7th April
Steam: BR (LNER ) A3 4-6-2 60103 Flying Scotsman (Oxenhope end) plus WD 2-8-0 90733 (Keighley end) and MR 4F 0-6-0 43924 on the ‘relief’ set

9th & 10th April
Steam: BR (LNER ) A3 4-6-2 60103 Flying Scotsman (Oxenhope end) plus WD 2-8-0 90733 (Keighley end) and BR Standard Class 4MT 4-6-0 75078 on the ‘relief’ set

Steam Line-Up 1st – 9th April

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3rd – 9th April
Diesel: There are no diesel services during this time

Passenger Train Banking

Under normal operating conditions the banking of passenger trains by a steam locomotive is not permitted. In the past when passenger services have been top and tailed by a steam engine the “banking” engine is towed and gives no assistance. As most will know, Flying Scotsman is not an ideal engine for a twisting 5 mile branchline with severe gradients on tight curves and tight turnouts.

Some have asked questions about the easing of the branch axle loading to allow ‘Scotsman’ to operate on the line. 60103 exceeds the permitted axle load for the KWVR and is not permitted to pass over a curve of less than 6 chains radius. Its operation has been authorised subject to a number of special restrictions, in particular, 60103 will be limited to 20 mph and must not slip when passing over 4 of our bridges as slipping may damage the bridges in question.

To minimise the risk of slipping the train, which will consist of 8 coaches (including 2 Pullman coaches), will be banked in the rear by our own locomotive and should result in some spectacular departures from Keighley.

Working hard, 90733 gives rear assistance , non-stop through Ingrow. Banking trial 4th February, 90733 gives rear assistance non-stop through Ingrow.

Lineside Photography

On the 31st March for the departure of the railtour and for the normal steam hauled services on the 1st & 2nd April, photographers wishing to photograph from the lineside must carry a valid KWVR Photo Permit AND their KWVR membership card.

During 60103’s week of operation on the branch, 3rd – 9th April only those carrying their Annual Photo Permit, Flying Scotsman letter of authorisation AND wearing the special Flying Scotsman Hi-Viz vest will be allowed trackside.

Normal access restrictions as detailed in the Photographer’s Personal Safety Handbook will apply but there will be strict policing of the lineside during the period 31st March – 9th April and anyone NOT carrying ALL the necessary documentation will be evicted from the Railway’s land.
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In addition we ask in particular that all permit-holders and members of the public respect our land boundaries and do not trespass on any private land.   If you do have permission from land owners to take photographs from their land, then we would recommend having written authority from them with you to avoid being challenged during the event.

We ask that you assist us during the event by alerting a member of Railway staff or, once you are in a position of safety, by calling the office on 01535 645214 if you see anyone not wearing the special clothing and/or trespassing on private land.

Locomotive Roster for Weekend 25th & 26th March 2017

USATC S160 returned to action last weekend and will continue this weekend at the head of the Saturday and Sunday steam service.

However it is Mother’s Day this Sunday so it is a steam only Sunday with MR 4F 0-6-0 43924 on the second steam working that will including our 2 Pullman coaches serving Afternoon Tea to the mother’s who have been fortunate enough for their “little ones” to have reserved their places on their special day. The photograph above shows the same locomotive on the Mother’s Day train in brilliant blue skies in 2016, fingers crossed that the same weather is enjoyed this year.

The Saturday diesel service will be in the hands of railbus M79964.

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 Weekend 17th & 18th December 2016

This weekend is week 4 of Santa Steam Specials and the weather, in the main, appears to be holding out so relatively kind to our passengers compared to the last few years. Just a nice sprinkling of snow and a bright sunny day would really set the scene.

Last weekend saw both USATC S160 2-8-0 5820 and WD 2-8-0 90733 on the south, Oxenhope end of the train assisted, once again, by Class 25 diesel 25 059 at the Keighley end. 90733 will be providing the steam traction on both days this weekend with the class 25 continuing at the north, Keighley, end. MR 4F 0-6-0 43924 will be the standby locomotive and will be double heading with 90733 on the evening Carol Service Train, for which just a few seats remain.

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The Santa Steam Specials are sold out but the diesel service operates all day on both days and is free to those holding Santa Special tickets and is pay on the day to other passengers. Again the service will be in the hands of our class 101 diesel multiple unit.

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For the diesel railcar service timetable 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 the Weekend 19th & 20th November 2016

This weekend is the last weekend before Father Christmas descends on the Valley and takes over all the steam workings until Boxing Day. For this final weekend before the Santa Steam Specials, MR 4F 0-6-0 43924 will be at the head of the steam service with Diesel Railbus M79964 operating on the diesel turns throughout the weekend.

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If you are still thinking of booking for a Santa Steam Special, ticket sales are the best we have experienced and as a result there are only seats of two together or just one on its own. So if you want to take a Santa train, call NOW to book one of the remaining places. If you decide to come along during the Santa Season without a booked seat, there will be a diesel railcar service for anyone to still enjoy a journey along the Valley.

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 School Half Term Week 24th – 28th October 2016

After the exploits of locomotives 5820, 90733, 75078 and 45212 for a Beer & Music Festival timetable offering an hourly service from 11.00am to almost midnight, normality returns this week with a steam hauled passenger service every day throughout the half term week featuring MR 4F 0-6-0 43924. The service starts at 10.00 from Oxenhope with four round trips to savour.

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

Locomotive Change for Autumn Steam Spectacular

In past years such headlines would mean unavailability of 0ne or even two locomotives – but not this year!

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We are delighted to announce that the Railway’s ‘Black 5’ 45212 undertook a successful test yesterday and, as a result, is added to the roster for the Autumn Steam Spectacular, taking the place of MR 4F 0-6-0 43924 on some of the turns which will also act as standby for the event. Steaming Around Yorkshire were on hand to record the test and the preparations that our volunteers and staff have been doing to get ready for the Gala.

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 3rd & 4th September and all next week to Friday 9th September 2016

BR Standard Class 4MT 4-6-0 has been in operation all week and continues throughout the weekend being joined on Sunday by MR 4F 0-6-0 43924 which then continues at the head of the weekday steam service.

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The Class 101 DMU will operate the Saturday and Sunday morning diesel service.

This weekend is the last time that our visitors can take advantage of the Scenic Vintage Bus service around the Valley.

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 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 6th & 7th August and all next week to Friday 12th August 2016

WD 2-8-0 90733 has worked throughout this week and continues throughout the weekend only to be relieved of its duties on Monday when MR 4F 0-6-0 43924 takes over and heads the weekday steam service.

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This weekend sees the penultimate Vintage Train Sunday 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 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

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 30th & 31st July and all next week to Friday 5th August 2016

This weekend is the 5th 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

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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

75078 has been in operation throughout the week but gives way to MR 4F 0-6-0 43924 to head the main timetable services throughout the weekend, with WD 2-8-0 90733 taking over for the weekday service.

As it is the last Saturday of the month, we will be operating a two train service all day with the relief train in the hands of one of our ‘big’ diesels. This Saturday English Electric Class 37 no. 37 075 will take a 4 coach set throughout the day. 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.

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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Locomotive Roster for Weekend 25th & 26th June and all next week to Friday 1st July 2016

Saturday sees the third of our ‘Big Diesel’ days when our normal early morning diesel railbus is rested and one of our mainline diesels, hauling coaching, stock takes its place and operates throughout the day in addition to our steam service

This Saturday’s diesel haulage will be provided by English Electric Class 20 no. 20 031. 20 031 is not the only diesel haulage this weekend as Sunday will see 0-6-0 diesel shunter D0226 on the early morning railcar service for two round trips from Oxenhope to Keighley.

The main steam locomotive this weekend and throughout the week will be BR Class 4MT 4-6-0 75078, joined on Sunday by MR 4F 0-6-0 43924

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 11th & 12th June and all next week to Friday 17th June 2016

The Pink timetable has been operation for the weekday service with TVR O2 Class 0-6-2T no. 85 operating all week. 85 now takes a rest for a water change, with WD 2-8-0 90733 taking over for the weekend. On Saturday and Sunday the early morning diesel service will be in the hands of the Class 101 diesel multiple unit.

Stalwart MR 4F 0-6-0 43924 will join 90733 for the 2 train steam service on Sunday and will continue at the head of services from Monday 13th through to Friday 17th June.

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.

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.