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

Spring 2015 in Photos

Spring was a busy time on the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway starting with Easter at the beginning of April. We introduced a new, once a month diesel locomotive service and over the Bank Holiday weekend, The Railway Children’s Weekend followed by the Haworth 1940s Weekend. Event organisers continued their hard work with a very successful 3 day visit to the Railway by the famous bear from Peru, Paddington, and our photographic look is back rounded off with West Country Pacific, 34092 ‘Wells’ drawing the crowds at the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway’s Steam to West event. And we finish this Spring retrspective with two June videos, including the first Vintage Trains of the Summer. Continue reading

‘The Railway Children’ Weekend, 2nd – 4th May

Join us as we celebrate 45 years since the filming of ‘The Railway Children’ right here at the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway.

The Railway will be running a special timetable using some of the coaches from the film on a vintage train. Well known scenes from the film will be re-enacted around the Oakworth area where tea and buns will be served. In addition there will be guided tours of Oakworth Station and also of locations used in the film well known to generations of children and adults alike.

Weekend schedule

  • Every day – Re-enactments of scenes from the film
  • Every day – ‘Old Gentleman’s’ coach open to the public at Oxenhope
  • Sunday & Monday – Guest appearance of Chris Witty who played the hapless schoolboy Jim in the film
  • Saturday & Monday – Guided Railway Children walks from Oxenhope and Oakworth
  • Saturday & Sunday – Haworth Locomotive Works tour
  • Monday – Railway Children Bus Tour
  • Official launch of the 3rd edition of the book, ‘The Making of the Railway Children’
  • Every day – programme of events including historic coaches used in the film and rides behind ‘Sir Berkeley’ in a rare vintage coach.

And add to this 2 train operation every day with 43924 and 34092 ‘Wells’

For more details and timetable of events

Locomotive Roster for ‘The Railway Children’ Weekend

With the May Bank Holiday stretching the weekend to 3 days and ‘The Railway Children’ weekend running across all 3 days we have two train operation on for all to enjoy.

On the roster for the whole weekend are MR 4F 0-6-0 43924 and West Country Pacific 34092 ‘Wells’.

Class 101 DMU will be on all the diesel services.

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 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.

Featured image: Peter Guy

2015 Winter Steam Gala – Gallery

As always the KWVR Galas are very popular with photographers and the 2015 Winter Steam Gala was no different. If submissions are a yardstick to measure popularity, then Friday was by far the most productive day. With the Pennine weather closing in on Sunday, the conditions were best described as ‘atmospheric’ as Gary Holmes’ image of 43924 and 34092 leaving Keighley testifies.

Here is a small selection of photographs taken across the 3 days and the full collection can be viewed by clicking HERE to see all the weekend’s images.

Our gallery photographs are courtesy of photographers Neil Harvey, Inspirational Images, Colin Smith, Chris King, Craig Elias, Richard Beckett, Ian Dixon, Gary Holmes, Matt Berry, Steve Boreham, Neil Colls, and Ralph Berry.

In addition we are delighted to preview, SAY Film Production’s DVD, the full version of which is available from Haworth shop  priced £12.95

COMING SOON

West Country Pacific 34092 ‘Wells’ has been on tour in Wales for the Llangollen Railway’s Steel, Steam & Stars IV, two weekend gala which raises funds for the 6880 Bretton Grange Society, builders of ‘new-build’  GWR ‘Grange Class 4-6-0 6880 Bretton Grange.

KWVR regular contributors have been at Llangollen in force with both cameras and video recorders and we will be bring you the best of their work as soon as their digital developing labs will allow.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

73A Reunion with 34092

John Sagar reports:

The Railway played host to some forty former Southern Region footplate crews and their partners on Monday 23 February, when they were able to renew acquaintance with an old friend, an unmodified Bulleid Pacific in the shape of 34092 ‘City of Wells’, and rediscover old skills as their 4-coach train made four round trips over the branch. The recent heavy rain relented to give a clear, crisp day and test 34092’s ability to keep the train warm.

Many reminiscences were shared and a wonderful day was had by all.   Among the visitors was Dick Hardy, now aged 91, who was 34092’s shedmaster at Stewart’s Lane, Battersea when she was a regular performer on the ‘Golden Arrow’.  A superb buffet lunch was provided at Oxenhope by Christine Laycock and catering staff.

The day was a great success for all those concerned, participants, organisers and staff as this testimonial from one of the enginemen testifies, “Many thanks for an excellent day yesterday. I could not have enjoyed it more – excellent railway, excellent loco, excellent weather and excellent company – what more could you ask for!” Indeed, what more can any railwayman ask for.

Featured image: John Sagar

 

25th November – 65th Anniversar​y of 34092 naming ‘Wells’

This last week witnessed a significant milestone in the life of West Country Pacific 34092 ‘City of Wells’

Through the goodwill of Andrew Tucker and the Wells Railway Fraternity we are delighted to celebrate the 65th Anniversary of the 25th November 1949 of the original naming of 34092 as ‘Wells’, the name that it currently carries until an official renaming to ‘City of Wells’ takes place in 2015. Continue reading

KWVR after dark.

Over weekends of the Autumn Steam Spectacular and the Beer & Music Festival, the Railway could be seen in a different light as the daytime light gave way to the evening darkness.

On Friday evening Keighley station was the scene of a photo-shoot featuring West Country Pacific 34092 ‘Wells’ and on Saturday an early evening freight train departed in failing light. Click HERE for the full photo collection.

The following weekend, steam trains ran through the dark until midnight ferrying attendees to and from the Festival, caught on video to give a very different perspective to the railway than normally seen in daylight hours.

Featured image: Inspiring Images

Glorious Steam action on First Day of the ‘Spectacular’

In glorious Autumn sunshine, the Autumn Steam Spectacular got off to a great start as this selection of photos from the morning session clearly illustrates. Later in the day a darkened sky gives dramatic effect as the sun ‘sinks slowly in the west’.

A comprehensive look back at the event with photos from all our contributors will appear later in the week when all the photos have been received. In the meantime, if this selection has wetted your appetite, then make the trip over either Saturday or Sunday for more exciting action.

Featured image & morning photos: Robin Lush. Afternoon photos: Ralph Berry

Autumn Steam Spectacular – Photo Event

Enthusiast Photo Events

As in past years the Railway will be holding a photographic event for enthusiasts where cameos will be performed involving engines selected from the Railway’s pool of available locomotives. Continue reading

Locomotive Roster for Mid-week 25th – 29th August and Weekend 30th & 31st August

With the usual suspects stopped for maintenance, 34092 ‘ City of Wells’ is the rostered loco for the mid-week service, the last Monday – Friday timetable of the summer and the last chance to take the open top bus tour around the area.

‘City of Wells’ will take a well earned rest over the weekend and WD 2-8-0 90733 will be out and about on Saturday (Green timetable) and Sunday (Blue timetable), when services, unusually, will be shared with LNWR 0-6-2 ‘Coal Tank’ 1054.

Featured image: Robin Lush

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.

October Events – Steam Spectacular

It is going to be a busy month on the Railway in October with three major events on the calendar. First up is the Autumn Steam Spectacular from the 10th to 12th October

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Locomotive Roster for Mid-week 18th – 22nd August and Weekend 23rd & 25th August

After the excitement of last weekend, MR 4F 0-6-0 43924 returns to haul the mid-week steam service.

Crowds should be back in force again over the Bank Holiday weekend when West Country Pacific 34092 ‘City of Wells’ will be in action over the three day holiday to be joined by LMS 5MT 4-6-0 45305 on Sunday and Monday. Saturday will be  the Green timetable and Sunday & Monday, the Blue timetable service.

Featured image: Neil Harvey

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.

‘City of Wells’ – the waiting will soon be over!

We have probably published more photographs of West Country Pacific 34092 ‘City of Wells’ than any other engine, yet it has not turned a wheel in anger for over 25 years. But, as we have chronicled on a fairly regular basis, the time for the ‘Volcano’ is getting forever closer. Yet the finishing line has been, for a while now, quoted as “sometime soon”.

However with this latest report and photographs from 34092 aficionado John Sagar, we can confidently predict that indeed, ‘City of Wells’ will return to service in the very near future, and the waiting will be over.

A considerable amount of final adjustments were being made and tested on Friday 18th July as the following photographs from John testify.

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‘City of Wells’ – out in the open

Now fully painted and lined out with only varnishing to complete, this image from today is a first glimpse of the superbly painted West Country Pacific and hints that it is not too long before we will see the locomotive make moves out onto the  KWVR main line. The move was made to allow the newly painted S160 5820 to be with drawn from the shadows of Haworth Loco. Click here to see a short 30 second Facebook video of the move.

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‘City of Wells’ on the final lap

Having moved under her own power last Sunday, the completed locomotive has taken a step nearer to entering service with the application of the lining, numbers and British Railways early logo this week. In the third photograph, chief engineer ‘Jock’ Adams justifiably looks proud of the achievement as this long and thorough overhaul, gets ever nearer to completion.

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Photo: Steve Harris

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34092 – the first move Video

After the return to traffic of ‘Big Jim’, the sight and sound that everybody has been waiting for – 34092 ‘City of Wells’ moving under her own steam. This video shows proud owner Richard Greenwood at the controls. A pull on the whistle and ‘City of Wells’ is back on the move and ‘Big Jim’ joins in the scene as the 2 new locomotives exchange whistles.

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Video: Peter Fletcher

‘City of Wells’ moves under its own power

After weeks of speculation as to when the West Country pacific would steam out of Haworth yard under its own power, the time came at precisely 5.35 on the last day of the Winter Steam Spectacular, sadly after most attendees had left the Railway and with the light fading, the restorers had finally completed their preparation and, with owner Richard Greenwood on the regulator, the locomotive moved slowly out of the yard and under the Bridgehouse Lane bridge, for the first time in over 25 years.

34092 Number transfersThere is still much to do before it enters regular service, but the end of this thorough restoration is now well and truly in sight. Earlier posts have shown the mirror like finish on the left hand side and the painting of the engine and tender should be completed during the coming week. The number transfers, as the illustration shows, are ready, just waiting for the day when lining out is complete. In addition the locomotive has now been weighed successfully.

Just to remind everybody what we have been missing and, therefore, what we can look forward to, the video below shows 34092 ‘City of Wells’ in her previous re-incarnation.

Video: acw71000. Featured image: Trevor Gower, Photo: John Sagar

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1999 Reminiscences of 34092 ‘City of Wells’

As we all wait with bated breath for ‘City of Wells’ return to active service, the excellent video below, ‘Salisbury Steam Finale’, which will be of great interest to railway enthusiasts in general and followers of ‘City of Wells’ in particular, has recently been released into the public domain. This video was produced for Spa Films and records the memories of Tom Doel, fireman on a Southern Region special filmed trip with City of Wells being preceded wrong line by a diesel and observation coach filming the steam hauled ‘Atlantic Coast Express’.

34092 Salisbury Steam