Locomotive Roster Wednesday 18th October and Beer & Music Festival 19th – 22nd October 2017

There are 5 days of continuous passenger workings this week starting on Wednesday with our midweek diesel railcar service which, once again, will feature our Class 101 diesel multiple unit.

One of the North of England’s best Beer & Music Festivals starts on Thursday at 12.30 and continues right through to Sunday evening with train services operating Thursday – Saturday until close of business late into the night and until early evening on Sunday when the Festival will close for another year. The services will be operated each day as follows.

Thursday 19th – Class 101 DMU

Friday 20th & Saturday 21st – Diesel Class 37 075 (morning diesel service), USATC S160 2-8-0 5820, WD 2-8-0 90733 and LMS 5MT ‘Black 5’ 4-6-0 44871

Sunday 22nd – Class 101 DMU (morning diesel service), USATC S160 2-8-0 5820 and LMS 5MT ‘Black 5’ 4-6-0 44871

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.

Beer & Music Festival Update

This popular event returns this weekend to once again tickle the taste buds of the discerning ale drinker with approximately 150 beers (mostly real ales) from all over the country to choose from. Cider and wine drinkers will also be able to have their thirst quenched with a wonderful selection of fine wines and ciders.

New for 2017 we will also have a selection of artisan gin available at Oxenhope and a ‘Cocktail & Gin Shack’ available at Ingrow.

Add in Music (Friday – Sunday) in the Exhibition Hall at Oxenhope and in the marquee at Ingrow and the stage is set for another excellent Keighley & Worth Valley Railway Beer and Music Festival.

The Festival opens on Thursday at 12.30 with a diesel multiple train service between Keighley, first train at 12.25,  & Oxenhope, first train at 13.00. Steam and mainline diesel services operate on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

For the all the details – beer list, bands, timetables, buses – visit the Beer & Music Festival page of the website.

Locomotive Roster weekend 14th & 15th October 2017 Update

Following a successful steam test after repairs, the locomotive for this weekends steam services will be WD 2-8-0 90733 and not visiting LMS ‘Black 5’ 4-6-0 44871 as originally advised.

The weekend’s diesel service will be in the hands of our Class 101 diesel multiple unit.

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

Whilst every effort will be 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 Wednesday 11th October and weekend 14th & 15th October 2017

We are now into the 3rd week of the mid-week diesel railcar service with 6 round trips starting at 10.00. The service will be operated by the Class 101 diesel multiple unit which will also will be on the Saturday and Sunday diesel services.

Ian Riley’s LMS ‘Black 5’ 4-6-0 44871 duly arrived on Friday and took up its duties on Saturday and Sunday, so giving the home fleet a well earned rest and providing not a small amount of excitement amongst the railway enthusiast community. The photographs below show the locomotive having arrived at Keighley and then in poor conditions on Saturday but sunshine on Sunday operating the steam service over 2 very popular days with the travelling public.

The visitor will once again head all steam services over this coming weekend

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

Whilst every effort will be 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.

KWVRPS – Annual General Meeting Reminder

If you are a member of the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway Preservation Society, then this email is a reminder that this Saturday, 7th October is the Annual General Meeting. This year’s AGM will take place at 13.45 at Haworth Village Hall & Community Hub, just up the hill from Haworth Station

Why not make a day of it and travel free all day on the trains, hopefully hauled by visitor Ian Riley’s ‘Black 5’, 44871, which is due to arrive on the railway via our mainline connection ready to take up duty.

Members Invitation from Chairman, Dr. Matthew Stroh

Saturday, 7th October 2017, join the Society’s Chairman Dr. Matthew Stroh and Directors on board the steam service* prior to the Society’s AGM. This will provide the opportunity for Members to travel by train, meet other members and Directors, then take part in the meeting.

  • Free travel available on the daytime services by showing your Membership card to the Travelling Ticket Inspector on the day. Members three  free travel entitlements will not be affected on this occasion

Locomotive Roster Wednesday 4th October and weekend 7th & 8th October 2017

Last week saw the introduction of the mid-week diesel railcar service with 6 round trips starting at 10.00. The service will be operated by the Class 101 diesel multiple unit which will also will be on the Saturday and Sunday diesel services.

Following publication of the roster last week, this was revised when we announced that ‘Black 5’ 44871 would be arriving and would be at the head of steam services over the weekend. Unfortunately its movement from Fort William was cancelled so services resorted to the home fleet in the shape of 4F 43924. Although currently marooned somewhere between Fort William and Keighley, we are confident it will arrive this week and take it’s place at the head of the steam service this weekend. Should its arrival be delayed again, we will issue an amendment as soon as we can.

Members: Don’t forget, this weekend is the AGM of the KWVRPS with all members welcome. Full details about venue and free travel on the Railway are available HERE >>>

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

Whilst every effort will be 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 Wednesday 27th September and weekend 30th September & 1st October 2017

This week sees the introduction of the mid-week diesel railcar service with 6 round trips starting at 10.00. This service has proved popular with our passengers and to accommodate the number of people who travel at this time of year, the service will be operated by the Class 101 diesel multiple unit.

On Saturday the Railway has the last of our Diesel & Ale Days, just 3 weeks before the much awaited Beer & Music Festival  which starts on Thursday 19th October. The steam service will be headed by MR 4F 0-6-0 43924 with the Saturday diesel locomotive hauled train in the hands of Class 20, 20 031.

Autumn is well and truly here and Sunday sees us into October which means the introduction of the revised Blue Timetable with just one steam service and relief path in the hands of a diesel railcar. 43924 will continue on Sunday taking the main service set; starting at 10.15 and offering 5 round trips. The Class 101 will be operating all day with 4 rounds trips, starting at 11.00.

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

Whilst every effort will be 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 Annual General Meeting

In order, hopefully, to attract more of our Society members, the time and venue of the AGM will this year be during the day and at a venue more accessible from the Railway. All paid up members of the Society may attend the AGM which will be held at 13.45 at the Haworth Village Hall & Community Hub, Butt Lane, Haworth. This is situated just over the footbridge at Haworth Station and a short, albeit steep, walk up the hill towards the village.

Members Invitation from Chairman, Dr. Matthew Stroh

Saturday, 7th October 2017, join the Society’s Chairman Dr. Matthew Stroh and Directors on board the steam service* prior to the Society’s AGM. This will provide the opportunity for Members to travel by train, meet other members and Directors, then take part in the meeting.

  • Free travel available on the daytime services by showing your Membership card to the Travelling Ticket Inspector on the day. Members three  free travel entitlements will not be affected on this occasion

 

Locomotive Roster Weekend 23rd & 24th September 2017

This weekend sees the Railway back to normal and a full line service from Keighley to Oxenhope, with the Civil Department completing their work on the bridge south of Oakworth.

Having been at the head of the Oxenhope – Haworth shuttle services last weekend BR WD 2-8-0 90733 will continue this Saturday and Sunday on the main service.

The Saturday diesel service train will be in the hands of our Class 101 diesel multiple unit and there is a rare outing, to coincide with the Bahamas Locomotive Society AGM, on Sunday for Hudswell Clarke 0-6-0T 1704 ‘Nunlow’ which will be on the steam service in the relief path.

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.

Beer & Music Festival – Update

In past years we have had special beers specifically brewed for the Festival and this year is no exception. We will have beers brewed specially for the event from Kirkstall, Ossett and Timothy Taylor’s breweries, and these include:

  • Kirkstall – ‘Worth Valley Pilsner’ (ABV tba) – a cask conditioned Pilsner lager
  • Ossett ‘Express’ (4.3%) – a spicy golden bitter
  • Timothy Taylor’s ‘KWVR 150th Anniversary Ale’ (5.3%) – a strong English ale based on a brown ale, with a real depth of flavour.

With just 1 month to go the annual Beer & Music Festival, the organiser have released the anticipated beer list which is now available to view and download.

  • Beer Listing – with tasting notes, which prints on 10 pages of A4 in landscape – Download >>>
  • Beer List – prints on 4 pages of A4 in portrait – Download >>>

For fall the details of one of the North’s best Beer & Music Festivals, visit the Beer & Music Festival page of the website.

Locomotive Roster for weekend 16th & 17th September 2017

The Railway is operating a special timetable over the weekend of the 16th and 17th September, when our Civil Engineering team will take possession of the line between Haworth and Oakworth and, as advertised, there will be a steam passenger service Haworth – Oxenhope and a diesel railcar service Oakworth – Keighley.  In addition a bus service will operate between Haworth and Ingrow.

With no run round facility at Haworth Station, at the south end of the line the train will be operating in top-and-tail mode with a steam locomotive facing Oxenhope and a diesel at the Haworth end to return the train back to Haworth. This short shuttle will be in the hands of WD 2-8-0 90733 with diesel power being provide by Sulzer Class 25, 25 059.

The Oakworth – Keighley shuttle will be provided by our Class 101 diesel multiple unit.

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

Locomotive Roster for weekdays commencing 4th September and weekend 9th & 10th September 2017

With TVR 0-6-2T no. 85 having to be withdrawn, MR 4F 0-6-0 43924 will be handling the midweek service. The first steam train leaves Oxenhope at 10.00 and the last service on the branch departs Keighley at 15.45 – 4 round trips in all.

USATC S160 2-8-0 5820 takes over for the weekend when it will be the sole steam locomotive in action at the head of steam services on Saturday and Sunday. In preparation for civil engineering work taking place on the line during the following 2 weeks, the Green timetable will be operating on both days with the early morning diesel service in the hands of our Class 101 diesel multiple unit.

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

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

Locomotive Roster for weekdays commencing 28th August and weekend 2nd & 3rd September 2017

BR Standard 4MT 4-6-0 75078 and MR 4F 0-6-0 43924 will be handling the services on Bank Holiday Monday. 75078 retires to the confines of Haworth Yard after Monday’s service, leaving 43924 on the Tuesday – Friday weekday service. The first steam train leaves Oxenhope at 10.00 and the last service on the branch departs Keighley at 17.10 – 5 round trips in all.

This week sees the last workings of the year of the Vintage Scenic Bus Tours with the last tour of duty on Sunday 3rd September, coinciding with the last Vintage Train Sunday of 2017, when TVR 0-6-2T no. 85 will have the honours of hauling the vintage coaches for the last trip along the branch this year.

Over the weekend, 75078 will return to action at the head of the steam service on Saturday and alongside 85 on Sunday with the Saturday early morning diesel service in the hands of our Class 101 diesel multiple unit.

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

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

Locomotive Roster for weekdays commencing 21st August and weekend 26th & 27th August 2017

WD 2-8-0 90733 will be at the head of midweek running this week from Oxenhope to Keighley.

This weekend sees BR Class 4MT 4-6-0 75078 replace 90733 and will operate on both days of the weekend. On Sunday MR 4F 0-6-0 43924 will be introduced on the relief set.

Saturday sees the penultimate end of month diesel and steam Saturdays which this Diesel & Ale Saturday will have English Electric Class 37, 37 075 providing the diesel service throughout the day when the buffet will be sponsored by Bradford based, Salamander Brewing Company serving a selection of their own real ales throughout the day.

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.

Keighley Parking Restrictions 2nd September 2017

Keighley Station Car Parking.

On Saturday 2 September there will be no car parking at  Keighley Railway Station or in Low Mill Lane due to West Yorkshire Police activity.

Passengers who intend to travel by car and join the KWVR service at Keighley, are advised to avoid Keighley town centre completely and to park at Ingrow West Station, the next station along the line.

Alternatively, there is ample parking at Oxenhope, why not start your journey at the terminus instead.

Locomotive Roster for weekdays commencing 14th August and weekend 19th & 20th August 2017

This week USATC S160 2-8-0 5820 will handle all the services Monday – Friday. The first steam train leaves Oxenhope at 10.00 and the last service on the branch departs Keighley at 17.10 – 5 round trips in all.

On Saturday 5820, continues for that day’s steam service. On Sunday 20th, 5820 gives way to WD 2-8-0 90733 which will be joined by TVR 0-6-2T 85 with another of our Sunday Vintage trains comprising a set of our more venerable coaches with four from the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Trust and the Metropolitan brake from the Vintage Carriages Trust.

The diesel service on Saturday will be in the hands of our Class 101 diesel multiple unit.

Monday – Sunday we also have the Vintage Bus Tours running between Oxenhope and Haworth and these are free to folders of a KWVR Rover ticket.

For the timetables in operation this week for both the train services and Vintage Bus tour, 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.

Civil Matters – S&T Week 2017

It is a while since the last report, but we are delighted top publish once again an insightful report from James Barlow on the activities on the Railway during S&T Week. Yet again we start with an apology to James, who although himself delaying the report, holidays and other matters have delayed publication even further. It gives us great pleasure to now reproduce another of his superb articles. (Some of the to-does that James highlights have, by now been done.) Continue reading

Locomotive Roster for weekdays commencing 7th August and weekend 12th & 13th August 2017

WD 2-8-0 90733 was in action this weekend and will continue on the weekday service, handling all the services Monday – Friday. The first steam train leaves Oxenhope at 10.00 and the last service on the branch departs Keighley at 17.10 – 5 round trips in all.

Over the weekend 90733 continues and will handle all the weekend main steam locomotive services with MR 4F 0-6-0 43924 joining the roster on Sunday on the second steam service. The diesel service on Saturday will be in the hands of our Class 101 diesel multiple unit.

This week we also have the Vintage Bus Tours running between Oxenhope and Haworth and these are free to folders of a KWVR Rover ticket

For the timetables in operation this week for both the train services and Vintage Bus tour, 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 weekdays commencing 31st July and weekend 5th & 6th August 2017

Last week the publication of the locomotive roster was unfortunately mistimed with the failure of USATC S160 2-8-0 5820, MR 4F 0-6-0 43924 deputising. The loco department had their workload increased when, at the weekend, WD 2-8-0 90733 failed and had to be replaced.

So with fingers crossed we anticipate that BR Class 4MT 4-6-0 75078 will be operating Monday – Saturday.

Saturday sees the another of our diesel and steam Saturdays sponsored by a local brewery but this, originally not in the planned schedule, sees a celebration of the official return to traffic of Sulzer Class 25 diesel 25 059 with the buffet being sponsored by local Keighley based, Goose Eye Brewery serving a selection of their own real ales throughout the day, including an ale, Sulzer Ale, especially brewed for the occasion. However unlike other Diesel & Ale Days this one runs into the evening with entertainment at Keighley. For full details visit the Sulzer & Ale Day page of the website

On Sunday 6th August, restored to good health after its problems last weekend, WD 2-8-0 90733 will take over from 75078 and will be joined by LNWR 0-6-2T ‘Coal tank’ 1054 with another of our Sunday Vintage trains comprising a set of our more venerable coaches with four from the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Trust and the Metropolitan brake from the Vintage Carriages Trust.

This week we also have the Vintage Bus Tours running between Oxenhope and Haworth and these are free to folders of a KWVR Rover ticket

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.