‘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 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 Roster for Weekend 6th & 7th May 2017

It has been a busy period for our volunteers over the last month or so, with hardly a respite since the 31st March and throughout April . So it is probably with some relief that we have the next two weekends 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 WD 2-8-0 90733, the first steam service on Saturday departing Oxenhope at 11.00 for 5 round trips to Keighley. On Sunday 90733 will be joined on Sunday by BR Standard 4MT 4-6-0 75078 with passenger services starting at 10.15

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

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.

Due to engineering works next week there will be no mid-week diesel railcar service on the 10th May.

Locomotive Roster for Bank Holiday Weekend 29th & 30th April and 1st May 2017

No sooner has Easter passed and another holiday period starts with a 3 day full 2 train service Saturday – Monday. The weekend starts with a modified Green timetable on Saturday with a full line all day mainline diesel hauled service commencing at 09.00. This service, the first of our mainline diesel hauled days, will be in the hands of BR English Electric Class 37 locomotive 37 075. At the head of the steam hauled passenger train will be WD 2-8-0 90733.

On Sunday the Tour de Yorkshire cycle race passes up the Valley and we are operating a special all steam timetable starting at 09.30, continuing throughout the day. 90733 will be joined by BR Standard 4MT 4-6-0 75078 for the Sunday services and on Monday when the Blue timetable will operate.

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 Week 18th – 21st and weekend 22nd & 23rd April 2107

With Easter weekend running completed we return to the pink timetable during the week and our winter green and blue timetables in operation at the weekend. All steam turns during the week and at the weekend will be in the hands of BR Standard 4MT 4-6-0 75078.

The Saturday diesel turn and the first 2 on Sunday will have our Class 101 Diesel Multiple Unit running the service. On Sunday, after 2 round trips, the DMU gives way to English Electric 0-6-0 D0226 which will haul a short passenger train of suburban coaches for the remainder of the day.

Locomotive Roster for Week 10th – 16th & 17th April 2017

What a week we had with our Pacific visitor 60103 ‘Flying Scotsman’ and judging by all the happy faces on both the passengers and the staff it is fair to say a good time was had by all. BUT, now all the excitement is over with the LNER guest, it is back to normal and over this week and into the Easter weekend, 3 steam locomotives will be in operation.

Weekday Service – BR Standard 4MT 4-6-0 75078
Good Friday – Easter Monday, fresh from banking duties to the ‘Flying Scotsman’ WD 2-8-0 90733 will be on the main service set and USATC S160 2-8-0 5820 will be hauling a service set plus Pullman cars, Anne and Mary, and the kitchen car.

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 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.

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 Weekend 25th & 26th February 2017

BR Class 4MT 4-6-0 75078 handled all steam services at the weekend and continues throughout the week and next weekend.

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A change however takes place in the diesel service that operates Tuesday and Wednesday this week for visitors to the Ice Age™ event as well as the weekend diesel service and Class 101 diesel multiple unit will be doing the honours.

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 18th & 19th February 2017

Having been rostered last weekend Taff Vale Railway 0-6-2T no. 85 was, in fact, substituted by BR Standard 4MT 4-6-0 75078 and the ex-Southern Region locomotive will continue this weekend. After being the mainstay of services since the turn of the New Year, 85, a veteran built in 1899, is finally taking a well earned rest.

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DRB M79964 which will once again operate the diesel turns throughout the weekend.

Locomotive Roster for the Weekend 23rd & 24th December 2016

The first Santa Steam Specials of the season ran on the 26th & 27th November and after 4 hugely successful weekends the season comes to a climax with the last Specials on Friday 23rd and Christmas Eve.

Our volunteers have been working very hard keeping our visitors happy and entertained especially with trains full to capacity on every one of our trains.

This last two days will have a combination of locomotives with USATC S160 2-8-0 5820 on the south, Oxenhope end of the train assisted, for the final time, by Class 25 diesel 25 059 at the Keighley end.

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The diesel service operates all day on both days and is free to those holding Santa Special tickets and pay on the day to other passengers, will be in the hands of our class 101 diesel multiple unit. This will be the last diesel service of 2016, returning on 7th January.

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For the diesel railcar service timetable in operation this weekend, please click HERE to visit the main website.

There are no trains on Christmas Day, we are sure everyone will agree that our dedicated band of volunteers deserve at least one day off, but our steam hauled Mince Pie Specials will run on Boxing Day and everyday until 2nd January 2017. These services will be hauled by BR Standard Class 4MT 4-6-0 75078.

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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 Beer & Music Festival Weekend 20th – 23rd October 2016

There are 4 days of passenger workings this week starting on Thursday for the 4 days of the Beer & Music Festival.

Thursday 2oth – Class 101 DMU

Friday 21st & Saturday 22nd – Diesel Class 20 20 031 (morning diesel service), USATC S160 2-8-0 5820, WD 2-8-0 90733 and BR 4MT 4-6-0 75078

Sunday 23rd – Class 101 DMU (morning diesel service), USATC S160 2-8-0 5820 and BR 4MT 4-6-0 75078

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For the timetables in operation this week, 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 Weekend 15th & 16th October and Wednesday 19th October 2016

With the excitement of Autumn Steam Spectacular now fading into the past, we return this weekend to the Green and Blue timetables on Saturday and Sunday respectively. Over the 2 days, BR 4MT 4-6-0 75078 will be at the head of the steam service.

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The Class 101 DMU will operate the Saturday morning, all day Sunday diesel service and the Wednesday diesel railbus 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 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.

Correction – Locomotive Roster for Weekend 1st & 2nd October and Wednesday 5th October 2016

The eagled eyed amongst our readers will have spotted that this weekend sees the introduction of the Winter Blue Timetable on Sunday when the services consist of steam operation from 11.00 and the heritage diesel railcar throughout the day. Over the 2 days of the weekend, BR Class 4MT 4-6-0 75078 will be at the head of the main service with weekend diesel services and the mid-week diesel railbus service in the hands of the Class 101 diesel multiple unit, and not as previously announced, TVR no. 85 on a second steam service on Sunday

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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 1st & 2nd October and Wednesday 5th October 2016

Over the 2 days of the weekend, BR Class 4MT 4-6-0 75078 will be at the head of the main service with Taff Vale Railway 0-6-2T no. 85 once again providing the second steam service for the third week in succession, on Sunday.

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The morning weekend diesel service and the mid-week diesel railbus service will 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 17th & 18th September and Wednesday 21st September 2016

The Civil Gang are busy ripping up Oakworth level crossing and putting it all back together again with a new surface, after years of taking a pounding from traffic up and down Station Road. These 4 images show progress up to Wednesday afternoon.

With the level crossing back in action for the weekend, the Railway returns to the Green and Blue timetables on Saturday and Sunday respectively. Over the 2 days, BR 4MT 75078 will be at the head of the main service being joined on Sunday by Taff Vale Railway 0-6-2T no. 85.

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The Class 101 DMU will operate the Saturday morning diesel service but on Sunday, English Electric 0-6-0 D0226 will be at the head of the early morning service.

Mid-week sees the return of the Wednesday diesel railbus service when either the Class 101 will operate or the diesel railbus M79964.

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 10th & 11th September 2016

MR 4F 0-6-0 43924 has been at the head of the last of the year’s weekday services and now takes a rest, with BR Standard 4MT 4-6-0 75078 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.

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Normally, at this time of year, there is a two train service but next week is Civil Week when our Civil Engineers take over the line to undertake essential work to keep the Railway safe and in good order. In order to have the area ready engineers trains may be operating in the train paths normally occupied by the 2nd service train. To have an insight into what is in store for the workforce next week, take a look at James Barlow’s report on the preparations that have already been undertaken.

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 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.