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 11th & 12th February 2017 – Correction

Unfortunately the news item sent out earlier was erroneous in more ways than one, for which we humbly apologise. That post should have read as follows (and the date amended to THIS weekend).

Taff Vale Railway 0-6-2T no. 85 should have had the luxury of a day off on Sunday when USATC S160 5820 was due to handle the steam service but 5820 remained on shed and 85 handled the day’s steam service.

The TVR tank will not be getting respite this weekend either and is back this weekend on both Saturday and Sunday.

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

The highlight of last weekend was the trial running of a steam hauled (empty) passenger set banked by a further steam locomotive to simulate the operation when ‘Flying Scotsman’ visits in April. Under normal circumstances steam banked passenger services are not permitted and hence the trial. 60103 is a thoroughbred and the lifting of a heavy train, which will include both Pullman coaches, on the steep curve out of Keighley and up Keighley Bank is not what the A3 Pacific was built for. Banking assistance has therefore been given special dispensation to ensure that the days services operate without hitches and delays, should the Pacific need assistance out of Keighley. This adds to the dispensation for the axle loading which is over normal KWVR limits.

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 21st & 22nd January 2017

Taff Vale Railway 0-6-2T no. 85 had the luxury of a day off on Sunday when USATC S160 5820 handled the steam service but is back this weekend on both days.

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

The highlight of last weekend was the trial running of a steam hauled (empty) passenger set banked by a further steam locomotive to simulate the operation when ‘Flying Scotsman’ visits in April. Under normal circumstances steam banked passenger services are not permitted and hence the trial. 60103 is a thoroughbred and the lifting of a heavy train, which will include both Pullman coaches, on the steep curve out of Keighley and up Keighley Bank is not what the A3 Pacific was built for. Banking assistance has therefore been given special dispensation to ensure that the days services operate without hitches and delays, should the Pacific need assistance out of Keighley. This adds to the dispensation for the axle loading which is over normal KWVR limits.

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 4th & 5th February 2017

Taff Vale Railway 0-6-2T no. 85 will once again be on duty on Saturday but, after 4 weekends on duty, the TVR tank gets respite with USATC S160 2-8-0 5820 scheduled to head the steam service on Sunday.

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

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 28th & 29th January 2017

Taff Vale Railway 0-6-2T no. 85 has given stalwart service, operating every weekend of the January timetable and will once again be in action on a 4 coach service this weekend.

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

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 21st & 22nd January 2017

Taff Vale Railway 0-6-2T no. 85 has been putting in sterling work since the turn of the year and is rostered for its 3rd weekend of operation on the 4 coach service. As predicted snow was around in the Valley last weekend giving the photographers who braved the cold but out in the winter sunshine, the opportunity for some stunning shots.

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

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 14th & 15th January 2017

Taff Vale Railway 0-6-2T no. 85 returned to action on a 4 coach corridor service and it is same again this weekend with a cold snap, possibly snow, expected. Sun, snow and no.85 on 4 coaches would make a wonderful winter scene in the Worth Valley – if the snow and sun appear.

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

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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 the Weekend 7th & 8th January 2017

Returning to action after resting whilst the larger locomotives took the strain with the heavy Santa Steam Specials, this weekend will see Taff Vale Railway 0-6-2T no. 85 on a 4 coach corridor steam service.

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Also returning to the front after a long rest while the Class 101 operated the diesel services during the Santa Special weekends, is DRB M79964 which will operate the diesel turns throughout the weekend.

Please note that 2017 sees the introduction of a new Blue timetable with passenger services on Sunday commencing ex-Oxenhope at 10.15 and not 09.00 as previously. Unlike the old Blue timetable this will be a steam hauled departure with the Blue diesel service now commencing at 11.00. KWVR steam passenger services, therefore, start earlier than in past years. The Green timetable that operates on Saturday, remains unchanged with the first diesel service departing 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.

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 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 24th & 25th September and Wednesday 28th September 2016

Over the 2 days of the weekend, WD 2-8-0 90733 will be at the head of the main service with Taff Vale Railway 0-6-2T no. 85 providing the second steam service for the second week in succession on Sunday.

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Saturday sees the last of the big diesel Saturdays when we will have a 2 train service with steam on one and one of our mainline diesels on the other. For this last service, English Electric Class 20 20 031 will be at the sharp. On Sunday the Class 101 diesel will be doing the honours on the early morning service.

Mid-week is the Wednesday diesel railbus service when a full line service operates with 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 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 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 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.

Locomotive Roster for Weekend 2nd & 3rd July and all next week to Friday 8th July 2016

After the withdrawal from service of BR Class 4MT 4-6-0 75078 at the weekend, the weekday service has been in the hands of MR 4F 0-6-0 43924.

However, it is anticipated that repairs will be completed in time for 75078 to resume duties on 1st July and will be the main steam locomotive Saturday and Sunday and throughout the week.

Sunday sees the third of our ‘Vintage Train’ days when 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

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The normal early morning diesel railbus is 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 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.

Locomotive Roster for Weekend 18th & 19th June and all next week to Friday 24th June 2016

The weekday service has been in the hands of MR 4F 0-6-0 43924.  43924 steps down for the weekend with WD 2-8-0 90733 to take charge of all steam services Saturday through to Friday. The morning diesel service will be provided by the Class 101 diesel multiple unit.

On Saturday we have a special timetable with our two Class 08 diesel shunters taking a rare turn on passenger duties. See our Class 08 Celebration event page for more details.

This weekend also features the second outing of the year of the Vintage Train on Sunday, supplemented once again by a vintage Keighley – Ingrow West shuttle. TVR 0-6-2T no. 85 will haul the full line service with LNWR 0-6-2T ‘Coal Tank’ 1054 on the shuttles.

The ‘main’ Vintage Set 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 will consist of two carriages from the Vintage Carriages Trust fleet:
Great Northern Railway 6-wheel Brake, no. 589
Southern Railway ‘Chatham’ Brake, no. 3554

For the timetables in operation this weekend, please click HERE to visit the timetable page.

Whilst every effort will made to ensure that the advised motive power and coaching stock are available, the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway reserve the right to change this when operational circumstances so dictate.

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

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

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

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

For the timetables in operation this weekend, please click HERE to visit the timetable page.

Whilst every effort will made to ensure that the advised motive power is available, the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway reserve the right to change this when operational circumstances so dictate.

Vintage Trains Sunday 5th June 2016

Our popular Vintage Train Sundays – which operate on seven dates this year – start this Sunday, 5th June and will have a slightly different ‘look’ in 2016!

In order to create added interest this year, in addition to the standard 2-train service (with one set being formed of vintage stock), there are a series of additional Keighley-Ingrow shuttles in the main part of the day. Coaching stock will be drawn from coaches belonging to our partners the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Trust and Vintage Carriages Trust

The ‘main’ Vintage Set will be formed of four coaches, comprising:
Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Club Car, no. 47
Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway 6-wheel 3rd Class coach, no. 1507
Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Brake 3rd, no. 1474
Metropolitan Railway Brake 3rd, no. 427

The Taff Vale Railway 0-6-2T no 85 is the rostered loco for these services throughout the summer

The ‘shuttle’ Vintage Set will consist of two carriages from the Vintage Carriages Trust fleet:
Great Northern Railway 6-wheel Brake, no. 589
Southern Railway ‘Chatham’ Brake, no. 3554

The shuttles will be worked by Bahamas Locomotive Society locomotives, either Hudswell Clarke 0-6-0T side tank no. 1704 ‘Nunlow’ or LNWR 0-6-2T ‘Coal Tank’ no. 1054. ‘Nunlow’ is the rostered locomotive for the first Sunday of this new venture.

Whilst every effort will made to ensure that the advised motive power and rolling stock are available, the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway reserve the right to change this when operational circumstances so dictate.