We’re moving

For the past 7 years we have kept the subscribers to News@KWVR updated on various happenings here at the Railway via the dedicated blog service provided by WordPress and it has served us well for all that time.

It is worth reminiscing that the first Post on the blog on 20th November 2013, recalled that ‘Black 5’ 45305 ‘Alderman A. E. Draper’ was staying with us a little longer:
“45305 arrived on the Railway in April from the ‘big railway’ and it has been announced, will stay with us into 2014. This popular engine will be available to haul Santa trains and regular service trains through to the New Year, probably until March 2014. In addition to working on the Worth Valley, the engine, a reliable performer on the main line, will also be making sojourns out onto the main network on railtours.”

How times fly when you’re having fun. However technology and requirements move on and we have found it increasingly difficult to maintain the service to you via our current methods. A new KWVR website is in the offing and we will continue to use WordPress for our main website. The break in service since lockdown has given us time to reflect and with digital communications becoming ever more important, we have decided that a change is needed and in future your KWVR enthusiast updates, including our weekly email about the locomotives in use in the coming week, will be sent to you by our MailChimp newsletter client that we use to keep in touch with our visitors who subscribe to our newsletter, ‘Worth Knowing’, to hear about the latest events here in the Worth Valley. We feel that this change will give us greater flexibility in keeping our enthusiast supporters up to date with developments at the KWVR.

The first update using the new method will be making its way to you this week with news of the locomotives in use this weekend.

We would like to thank you for your continued support of the Railway, especially in these difficult times, and I hope you continue to enjoy receiving these periodic updates from us.

Philip Lawton, Website Manager

Locomotive Roster for the weekend Saturday 22nd, Sunday 23rd, Wednesday 26th & Thursday 27th August 2020

Ivatt 2-6-2T 41241 operated on both days of our re-opening public services that started on Wednesday 19th August. Our ‘Back in Steam’ passenger service continues this week with non-stop through services between Oxenhope & Keighley in operation using a selection of compartment coaches The motive power for all four days’ services will be as follows:

  • Steam service – Midland Railway Class 4F 0-6-0 43924

Timetable – ‘Back in Steam’ Timetable

Tickets are still available:

  • from Oxenhope, Saturday, Wednesday & Thursday
  • from Keighley, Thursday only

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.

News from the KWVR

We start this post with an apology as it is well over a month since we posted a virtual locomotive roster. We haven’t been idle during this time, in fact quite the opposite and hence the time has flown by.

HOWEVER, with out steam passenger trains returning on Wednesday 19th August, we have set time aside to report on what has been happening since the Government lifted restrictions and we started to return the Railway to normality (whatever ‘normal’ is).

Bridge 11

Unlike other heritage railways that returned steam services in July, the KWVR had the not insignificant task of making us a complete railway once again. Readers will recall that when the Prime Minister locked us all down, the work on replacing Bridge 11 had to cease, leaving us with a railway severed just south of Ingrow Tunnel. If you haven’t read James Barlow’s account of the work carried out prior to lockdown, please follow this link for an excellent account of the work undertaken by our volunteers and contractors. Just to remind readers of how the bridge was left, top photograph and the view south, bottom photograph after most of the work was complete and the KWVR is an almost complete railway once again.

No doubt, James will write one of his excellent accounts how the project was finally completed – a great triumph for all involved.

‘Worth Saving’ Appeal & Grants

In April we launched the ‘Worth Saving’ Appeal was launched to raise funds to combat the devastating effects of COVID-19, its aim to raise that £200,000. By mid-June we were within a gnats whisker of achieving our target and shortly after through the generosity of our supporters, we crashed through our target. Everyone here at the KWVR are delighted and thankful that, during our hour of need, our faithful supporters from far and wide have donated to our appeal, joined the Friday night quiz and bought the SAY videos, rallying to the cause so that the target was reached in just over two short months, far exceeding our expectations and has shown all our volunteers, the high esteem that our Railway is held in.

In addition to the success of appeal, the KWVR received grants of £50,000 from the National Heritage Lottery Fund and a donation of £30,000 from the KWVR Trust. All together our fund raising efforts, which includes includes the recovery of ‘Gift Aid’ stands at well over £300,000.

However, massive challenges lie ahead, not least, that it is very likely that we will not see a return to normal visitor levels until well into 2021 (or even 2022) as social distancing, not only reduces our capacity to carry the number of passengers to make the Railway sustainable into the future, but also affects the attitude of you, our visitors, to actually venture out and travel by train once again. So the COVID-19 challenges continue and will affect us for many months to come and, for that reason, our ‘Worth Saving’ appeal will remain open for your donations to the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway.

To donate to the ‘Worth Saving’ Appeal, click HERE.

‘Back to Steam’ Summer Specials

Once the Government eased restrictions which allowed our volunteers, under strict distancing rules, to return to the Railway, not just the Civil Engineering team returned to work, but every department stepped up to the mark under a phased plan to return the railway to operation. Not having turned a wheel in four months, our steam and diesel fleet had to be receive essential maintenance and our carriage fleet had to receive attention to make them fit for traffic. Station staff returned to spruce up the stations ready for a hoped for influx of passengers.

In these current conditions, it was essential that our plans included, not just the running of trains, but providing an environment in which our visitors and staff would feel safe and in conditions that follow Government rules and guidelines. With everything in place the whole process of running trains once again and managing our visitors through the two points of entry needed to be tested to ensure the safety of passengers and staff. An initial trial took place between Oxenhope and Keighley and, once Bridge 11 had been completed, between Oxenhope and Keighley with our volunteers as passengers. These latter trials took place over the last two weekends with the first passenger train over the new Bridge 11, the 10.00 from Oxenhope northbound and the 10.40 from Keighley southbound, on Saturday 8th August.

With these trials successfully concluded, the Railway is now set to open to the public on Wednesday 19th August. Tickets for our trains are only bookable online with all the details of our ‘Back in Steam’ program on the ‘Back in Steam’ page of the KWVR website.

Locomotive roster for Wednesday 19th & Thursday 20th August

Just as it did in June 1968 and June 2018, the THIRD re-opening special will be headed by British Railways ‘Ivatt’ Class 2MT 2-6-2T 41241. at the head of a set compartment coaches (all part of the plan to stay safe during your visit to the Railway)

Currently the ‘Back in Steam’ fleet consists of 41241 and British Railways Class 2MT 2-6-0 78022, both of which took part in our trial weekends, plus Midland Railway Class 4F 0-6-0 43924. Having returned from its aborted appearance (due to COVID-19) at the Bluebell Railway’s gala, Taff Vale Railway Class O2 0-6-2T no. 85 will make up the quartet once maintenance has been completed to make it fir for traffic.

Virtual Locomotive Roster for ‘Little Engines’ Gala 11th & 12th July & Wednesday 15th – Friday 17th July 2020

This week we drop back just three years to 2017 when in early July the KWVR held its first Little Engine’s Gala which operated over 3 days, 7th – 9th July. This Gala harked back to the early days of the preserved Railway and the KWVR honoured those early pioneers when the smaller locomotives of the fleet will took centre stage to reflect the days before the larger locomotives ruled the roost.

We welcomed two visiting locomotives, both with connections to the Railway but in diverse ways. The first to be announced was ‘Austerity’ 0-6-0ST 71515 ‘Mech Navvies Ltd’ from the Pontypool and Blaenavon Railway a type of engine that featured in the early days of the KWVR with two examples of the class operational during the early years. The second guest locomotive was London & South Western Railway ‘Beattie well tank’ 2-4-0WT 30587 courtesy of the Bodmin & Wenford Railway. These well tanks were never seen in the north of England but similar locomotives, designed and owned by the Midland Railway, operated the branch in the very first years that the Railway was open in the nineteenth century.

Although only over two days of our virtual weekend, as well as the two visitors, the home fleet consists of:

Taff Vale Railway 0-6-2T No. 85
London & North Western Railway 0-6-2T ‘Coal Tank’ No.1054 (courtesy of the Bahamas locomotive society)
Hudswell Clarke 0-6-0T no. 1704 ‘Nunlow’ (courtesy of the Bahamas locomotive society)
… these latter two now withdrawn for overhaul
… plus some rare passenger workings of our smaller diesel fleet.

TVR 0-6-2T no. 85 will have the honours hauling the Wednesday – Friday services between Oxenhope to Keighley after taking part in the Virtual Little Engines Gala.

Virtual Locomotive Roster for Weekend 4th & 5th July and Wednesday 8th – Friday 10th July 2020

Four year’s ago all was well in the Valley with COVID-19 not even on the horizon, but all was not well with BR Class 4MT 4-6-0 75078 which had to be withdrawn from service the previous weekend. However repairs were concluded and the 60 year old locomotive took up its next scheduled duty the next weekend. This week we go back to 2016.

Our Vintage Sunday service was in action with Taff Vale Railway no. 85 at the head of a set of mixed vintage coaches, from the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Trust and Vintage Carriages Trust:

The motive power for these virtual passenger services will be as follows:

  • Saturday 4th July 2020
    Steam service – British Railways Class 4MT 4-6-0 75078
    Diesel service – Metropolitan-Cammel Diesel Multiple Unit Class 101 No’s. M51189 & Sc51803
  • Sunday 5th July 2020:
    Steam service – British Railways Class 4MT 4-6-0 75078
    Steam service – Taff Vale Railway Class O2 0-6-2 85 (Vintage Train)
  • Wednesday 8th July – Friday 10th July 2020:
    Steam service – Taff Vale Railway Class O2 0-6-2 85

Timetables:

  • Saturday 4th July – Green timetable
  • Sunday 5th July – Blue Vintage Trains timetable
  • Wednesday 8th July – Friday 10th July – Pink Timetable

Steaming Around Yorkshire Supports the ‘Worth Saving’ Appeal

 

This week we come to the end of our video journey and not only thank SAY for making their magnificent gesture but also you, the buying public, for giving their gesture your full support and raising much needed funds for out ‘Worth Saving’ Appeal.

The Steaming Around Yorkshire (SAY) team are supporting our ‘Worth Saving’ Appeal, helping our target of raising a minimum of £200,000 to ensure steam hauled passenger trains remain in the Worth Valley.

The SAY team came up with an offer that not only staves off the continued television boredom but brings you right to the heart of KWVR action, even though there are no passenger services in the Valley for the foreseeable future. With everyone pulling together, what seemed an ambitious target when launched, the ‘Worth Saving’ Appeal minimum target has been reached with a shade over £200,000 donated or raised through initiatives like this. SAY have been donating ALL PROFITS from the sale of their KWVR DVDs, bought through their online KWVR Shop and these have been going straight into the ‘WORTH SAVING’ APPEAL.

The KWVR has been saved – FOR NOW! But major challenges lie ahead, so the ‘Worth Saving Appeal remains open and we have more videos on offer this week from SAY.

On offer this week : Winter Steam Galas from 2012 and 2013, 2013 Autumn Steam Gala and year review from 2016.

This weeks ‘Worth Saving’ Appeal DVDs : 28th June – 4th July

With the Railway slowly starting to come back to life  and most of our volunteers and staff not allowed on KWVR property, SAY will administer the orders and post them out to you. On their website they also have videos of other preserved railways, BUT only the profits of KWVR videos bought from KWVR Shop are included in this Appeal promotion.

Just click on the image below to go straight to the SAY – KWVR ONLINE SHOP

 

KWVR Awarded Heritage Lottery Fund Grant

The Keighley & Worth Valley Railway has received £50,000 National Lottery support to help address the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on heritage railways

The Keighley & Worth Valley Railway has received £50,000 from The National Lottery Heritage Fund to enable the Railway to complete the replacement of a 115-year-old bridge, work on which was halted at the outbreak of the pandemic.

Since the Covid-19 pandemic began the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway has been completely closed, and during lockdown activities were limited to essential maintenance and security tasks. The Railway has had no income from passengers since the last trains ran in mid-March.

The funding, made possible by National Lottery players, was awarded through The National Lottery Heritage Fund’s Heritage Emergency Fund. £50million has been made available to provide emergency funding for those most in need across the heritage sector, and the KWVR is one of the beneficiaries of those funds.

The UK-wide fund will address both immediate emergency actions and help organisations to start thinking about recovery.

For the full statement from the KWVR and The National Lottery Heritage Fund, click HERE

Virtual Locomotive Roster for Friday 26th to Sunday 28th June and Wednesday 1st to Friday 3rd July 2020

In 2020 this coming weekend was earmarked for the return of the Diesel Gala after an absence of 6 years, although we had diesels at our 50th Anniversary celebrations and at our Mixed Traffic Gala in 2019.

So we take a trip back this week to 2014 when we hosted the last Diesel Gala and welcomed three guest locomotives plus one returnee after many years of toil by it’s owner, Ben Wade, to return it to action. So our virtual lineup this weekend will be

Class 25 no. D5217 – owned by Nemisis Rail and currently under restoration


Class 33 no. 33 035 – owned by the Pioneer Diesel Loco Group, is normally based at the Ecclesbourne Valley Line in Derbyshire.


Class 31 no. D5830 – owned by Type One Loco Ltd and based at the Great Central Railway

From the home fleet
Class 20 no. 20 031
Class 25 no. 25 059
Class 37 no. 37 075
0-6-0 D0226 Vulcan
0-6-0 D32 returning to action after a long period of restoration

In 2014 as today, there was a weekday steam service with the locomotive taking the honours this virtual year as in 2014, USATC S160 2-8-0 5820

 

‘Worth Saving’ Appeal – Friday Night is Quiz Night on the KWVR

 

We are delighted to say that in the last week the magical £200,000 target of the ‘Worth Saving’ Appeal was reached and passed by a small amount.

For ONLY £3.00 join us for another round of General Knowledge, Sport, Music and Film questions this Friday, 26th June for what will be our last virtual quiz of this appeal campaign. So far the quiz has raised over £1,500 but the more that join in the quicker we reach £2,000.

Let’s get playing and helping the KWVR ‘Worth Saving’ Appeal

FOR NOW the Railway has been saved and steam trains have been kept alive in the Worth Valley, but massive challenges lie ahead that will need your support even more.

We know that these are troubled times and it is hard for everyone but without your donations the KWVR will not be able to operate steam trains in the Worth Valley, so, if you can, please donate and help us keep the wheels turning and bringing delight to all our passengers, young and not so young.

‘Worth Saving’ Appeal – 9.00pm Friday Night is Quiz Night

 

Click HERE to Register NOW for the 26th June KWVR Friday Night, Quiz Night

So just a few points to mention.

  • Don’t be afraid, it’s general knowledge not railway specific  and you will not be asked questions like, “Five of our locomotives were condemned by British Railways and almost spent their final days being cut up in a scrapyard in South Wales, until saved for the KWVR. The town where the scrapyard was situated, was in a town immortalised in the sitcom, Gavin & Stacey. What is the name of that South Wales seaside town?” (Answer: Barry)
  • It is ONLY £3 to join the quiz and there are cash prizes to the person in 1st, 2nd and 3rd places. “How much can I win?” The size of the ‘prize pot’ depends on the number of players, the more that play, the bigger the prizes.
  • If there’s a tie, the person who answered the questions the quickest will take top spot – simple?
  • The quiz will have three general knowledge rounds and three subject specific
  • You will need to register and buy your place in the quiz ahead of the 9.00 quiz time, then when the clock chimes NINE , you’re ready to go. To register to take part, just click on the link above.
    Tip: When buying your place, use ‘Proceed to checkout’.
  • Having purchased a place in the quiz, when it is time to play, go to ‘Player Login’ and your link to play is in the ‘Pending Quiz Events’

We are grateful for all the support we are receiving, but these remain difficult times, we are still looking at how we can stay in touch, raise much needed funds for the Railway and have a good time.

‘Worth Saving’ Appeal – 9.00pm Friday Night is Quiz Night

As the challenges thrown up by COVID-19 will be with us for many months to come, we are still accepting donations to the ‘Worth Saving’ Appeal, just click HERE to go to the appropriate page

Bridge on the River Worth

Bridge on the River Worth, a Two Part Trilogy with James Barlow (Alec Guinness) as Lieutenant Colonel Nicholson

On 16th March 2020, our Civil Engineers embarked on probably the biggest civil engineering project in the history of the KWVR during the preservation era. The first instalment of our trilogy takes us through to Tuesday, March 24th March. The second instalment covers a time when the highlight of our unfinished bridge was the passage of the daily security walkers, so, in reality our trilogy is only in two parts, but a trilogy nonetheless.

Preparation work on some weekends is taking place between now and Friday 17th July and then on Saturday 18th July the beams will be lifted in place, followed by a two week possession to finish this mammoth task. With work starting again to ‘finish the job’, Chief Civil Engineer, James Barlow, takes up the story, a story he wasn’t expecting to write of a job handed to him when appointed to his new role – From the 16th March to the Imposition of Lockdown.

Click HERE to read the full story of Part 1 – From the 16th March to the Imposition of Lockdown.

Preparations for re-opening

While the railway was closed and there was no visible signs of work, not all was as it seemed. By now you must be wondering what the KWVR is doing to prepare for re-opening sometime in the not too distant future, a future, albeit a different one, not too far away.

Operations Manager, Noel Hatley takes up the story.

Well the answer, we’ve been doing quite a bit!

From tasks as simple as weed killing on the track to the more complex matter of keeping our steam loco boilers alive, we have had a steady number of essential tasks to do over the past few weeks.

We are working on plans to expand our activity over the next few weeks and re-commence work on our construction site near Ingrow where we are replacing a bridge.

If you live locally you may start to see engineering trains running within a week and we can assure you that we are taking all the necessary measures to protect our staff, volunteers and others they come into contact with – Safety is our highest priority.

As we are now beginning to run trains again at all sorts of times of the day, it is very important that you STAY OFF THE TRACKS. We have had a high level of trespass and it cannot be more clear how dangerous this is.

You can find more information on our plans at https://kwvr.co.uk/challenges-ahead/

Virtual Locomotive Roster for Weekend 13th & 14th June and weekdays 17th -19th June 2020

Our time travel this week takes us back to 2014. Just like last week, there was no vintage train service on Sunday in 2014 when MR 4F 0-6-0 43924, hauling a Father’s Day luncheon service, joined USATC S160 2-8-0 5820. Our imaginations have to stretch a little further as this year Taff Vale Class O2 0-6-2T no. 85 would have been the preferred locomotive for our vintage trains but six years ago was still a kit of parts in Haworth Locomotive Works.

The mainstay of this weekend’s virtual steam service will be USATC S160 2-8-0 5820 and the diesel turn will have our Class 101 Diesel Multiple Unit running the services with the first train leaving Haworth at 09.00 on Saturday. On Sunday 5820 will be joined by LNWR 0-6-2 ‘Coal Tank’ no. 1054 hauling the vintage train service comprising coaches from the late 19th and early 20th centuries belonging to the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Trust and Vintage Carriages Trust.

The virtual Wednesday – Friday service, just as in 2014, will have 5820 continuing on from it’s weekend duties.

  • Saturday 13th June:
    Virtual Steam service – USATC S160 2-8-0 5820

    Virtual Morning Diesel service – British Railways Metropolitan-Cammel Class 101 Diesel Multiple Unit No’s. M51189 & Sc51803
  • Sunday 14th June:
    Virtual Steam service – USATC S160 2-8-0 5820
    Virtual Vintage Steam service – LNWR ‘Coal Tank’ 0-6-2 1054
  • Wednesday 17th June – Friday 19th June:
    Virtual Steam service – British Railways USATC S160 2-8-0 5820

Virtual Timetables:

Virtual Locomotive Roster for Weekend 6th & 7th June and weekdays 10th -12th June 2020

In looking back over past years, it would be very helpful if the services we ran matched the services we would have been running in 2020. In 2017 our roster post stated “A weekend of normal” running with no special trains and the standard Green timetable on Saturday and Blue timetable on Sunday”. So in our look back, we have to be a little more inventive as in 2020 we would be running Vintage Trains this Sunday.

The mainstay of this weekend’s virtual 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 and the diesel turn will have our Class 101 Diesel Multiple Unit running the services with the first train leaving Oxenhope at 09.00 on Saturday. On Sunday 75078 will be joined by LNWR 0-6-2 ‘Coal Tank’ no. 1054 hauling the virtual vintage train service comprising coaches from the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

The virtual weekday service, just as in 2017, will have WD 2-8-0 90733 hauling the service.

  • Saturday 6th June:
    Virtual Steam service – British Railways Class 4MT 4-6-0 75078

    Virtual Morning Diesel service – British Railways Metropolitan-Cammel Class 101 Diesel Multiple Unit No’s. M51189 & Sc51803
  • Sunday 7th June:
    Virtual Steam service – British Railways Class 4MT 4-6-0 75078
    Virtual Vintage Steam service – LNWR ‘Coal Tank’ 0-6-2 1054
  • Wednesday 10th June – Friday 12th June:
    Virtual Steam service – British Railways WD 2-8-0 90733

Virtual Timetables:

 

 

 

Virtual Locomotive Roster for the Weekend 30th & 31st May and Wednesday 3rd – Friday 5th June 2020

This week on our virtual look back in time, we return to the last year of the decade, 2019, but this year we have the added bonus of a virtual Diesel & Ale Saturday. The week’s virtual steam services will be handled by a combination of BR Standard Class 2MT 2-6-0 78022 at the weekend and Midland Railway 4F 0-6-0 43924 in operation on Sunday and weekdays. The virtual Diesel & Ale train on Saturday will have Class 20 20 031 at its head. In 2019 the weekday services from now until September ran Monday to Friday but cut back to Wednesday to Friday in 2020 for June and early July.

  • Saturday 30th May:
    Virtual Steam service – British Railways Class 2MT 2-6-0 78022
    Virtual Diesel & Ale service – British Railways Type 1, Class 20 BO – BO Diesel Electric No. 20 031
  • Sunday 31st May:
    Virtual Steam service – British Railways Class 2MT 2-6-0 78022

    Virtual Steam service – Midland Railway 4F 0-6-0 43924
  • Wednesday 3rd June – Friday 5th June:
    Virtual Steam service – Midland Railway 4F 0-6-0 43924

Virtual Timetables:

  • Saturday 30th May – Diesel & Ale Blue timetable
  • Sunday 31st May – Blue timetable
  • Wednesday 3rd June – Friday 5th June – Pink Timetable

 

Cancellation of Diesel Gala

The Covid-19 pandemic continues to create difficulties for the Railway and accordingly the planned Diesel Gala, due to take place 26th – 28th June has been cancelled. Despite recent Government announcements there is still a high level of uncertainty regarding the re-opening of the leisure and tourism sector and we are unable to say when we will be able to re-open, and when we do, what restrictions may apply to the trains we can operate.

Because we are still waiting for further government advice and instruction regarding when and how we can re-open we are unable to firm up plans for future events.

We find ourselves in difficult times. Costs have been reduced as much as possible, but there are still fixed overheads and contracts that we cannot avoid. As you are probably already aware we have launched a fundraising appeal, ‘Worth Saving’, to ensure the railway can continue to be enjoyed in the future. Securing our future is of the utmost importance to all our volunteers, our local area and the local economy and, indeed, the Diesel enthusiast

With so much uncertainty in 2020, we are already planning our events for 2021 when, hopefully, we can offer a bigger and better experience, not just for a rescheduled Diesel Gala but for all the events we are looking forward to staging in 2021.

To help us ensure the Diesel Gala is staged 2021 please, if you have not already done so, consider donating to the ‘Worth Saving’ Appeal.

We are sorry for any disappointment but thank all our supporters and visitors , in advance, for your continued support, and look forward to welcoming you to the Railway, hopefully in 2020, but, if not, 2021.    

‘Worth Saving’ Appeal – Friday Night is Quiz Night on the KWVR

The success of the quiz continues and we hope you will join us for another round of General Knowledge, Sport, Music and Film questions on Friday 22nd May. So far the quiz has raised over £1,000 but the more that join in the quicker we reach the next £1,000.

Let’s get playing and helping the KWVR ‘Worth Saving’ Appeal

The ‘Worth Saving’ Appeal continues to generate funds towards our target and now stands at just over £120,000, but there is a long way to go to reach the minimum £200,000 needed to keep preserved steam trains in the Worth Valley.

We know that these are troubled times and it is hard for everyone but without your donations the KWVR will not be able to operate steam trains in the Worth Valley, so, if you can, please donate and help us keep the wheels turning and bringing delight to all our passengers, young and not so young.

‘Worth Saving’ Appeal – 9.00pm Friday Night is Quiz Night

 

Click HERE to Register NOW for the 22nd May KWVR Friday Night, Quiz Night

So just a few points to mention.

  • Don’t be afraid, it’s general knowledge not railway specific  and you will not be asked questions like, “Our Ivatt tank 41241 hauled the opening day service in 1968, but what was the number of the other locomotive that hauled the service with it.?” (Answer: British Railways, 30072, numbered 72 on the day)
  • It’s £3 to join the quiz and there are cash prizes to the person in 1st, 2nd and 3rd places. “How much can I win?” The size of the ‘prize pot’ depends on the number of players, the more that play, the bigger the prizes.
  • If there’s a tie, the person who answered the questions the quickest will take top spot – simple?
  • The quiz will have three general knowledge rounds and three subject specific
  • You will need to register and buy your place in the quiz ahead of the 9.00 quiz time, then when the clock chimes NINE , you’re ready to go. To register to take part, just click on the link above.
    Tip: When buying your place, use ‘Proceed to checkout’.
  • Having purchased a place in the quiz, when it is time to play, go to ‘Player Login’ and your link to play is in the ‘Pending Quiz Events’

We are grateful for all the support we are receiving, but these remain difficult times, we are still looking at how we can stay in touch, raise much needed funds for the Railway and have a good time.

‘Worth Saving’ Appeal – 9.00pm Friday Night is Quiz Night

If you would like to make a donation to the ‘Worth Saving’ Appeal, just click HERE to go to the Donations page.

 

Virtual Locomotive Roster for May Half-Term 2020

This week on our virtual look back in time, we go back 4 years to 2016 when not only did we have three steam locomotives lined up with BR Standard Class 4MT 4-6-0 75078 and WD 2-8-0 90733 taking the holiday weekend services with MR 0-6-0 4F 43924 operating weekdays. but Class 37 37 075 was in operation on Saturday. Back in 2016 we also had our Class 101 DMU on a Keighley – Damems shuttle on the Saturday and all the morning diesel services, Sunday and Monday, but a virtual 2020 does not have these alternative services.)

  • Saturday 23rd May
    Virtual Steam service – British Railways Class 4MT 4-6-0 75078

    Virtual Steam service – British Railways WD 2-8-0 90733
    Virtual Morning Diesel service – Diesel service – British Railways Type 3, Class 37 CO – CO Diesel Electric No. 37 075
    Timetable – Virtually Saturday Blue Timetable
  • Sunday 24th & Monday 25th May:
    Virtual Steam service – British Railways Class 4MT 4-6-0 75078
    Virtual Steam service – British Railways WD 2-8-0 90733
    Timetable – Virtually Blue Timetable
  • Tuesday 26th – Friday 29th May
    Virtual Steam service – Midland Railway Class 4F 0-6-0 43924
    In addition there will be a virtual scenic vintage tour bus between Haworth & Oxenhope
    Timetable – Virtually Orange Timetable

 

Steaming Around Yorkshire Supports the ‘Worth Saving’ Appeal

With the Railway closed, no steam action available and the Railway appealing for donations in a financially harsh and challenging environment, the SAY film production guys looked for a way they can help the KWVR survive in these difficult times.

With so many of us sat at home with only endless repeats to watch on our televisions, the SAY team came up with an offer that not only staves off the television boredom but brings you right to the heart of KWVR action at the same time contributing, in no small way, towards achieving our £200,000 ‘Worth Saving’ Appeal target. ALL PROFITS from the sale of their KWVR DVDs, bought through their online KWVR Shop, will go straight to the ‘WORTH SAVING’ APPEAL.

Every week we will feature up to 5 DVDs that, over the next 9 weeks, chart the best of action on the Worth Valley branchline, including the 50th Anniversary week gala and the visit of the ‘Flying Scotsman’ that brought thousands to the railway to see this iconic engine in action.

With the Railway closed and all our volunteers and staff not allowed on KWVR property, SAY will administer the orders and post them out to you. On their website they also have videos of other preserved railways, BUT only the profits of KWVR videos bought from KWVR Shop are included in this Appeal promotion.

This weeks ‘Worth Saving’ Appeal DVDs : 16th – 22nd May

Just click on the image below to go straight to the SAY – KWVR ONLINE SHOP

Virtual Locomotive Roster for Weekend, 16th & 17th May 2020 and Mid-week 20th May 2020

This week our virtual roster takes us, once again, back to 2014, when not only was it the occasion of the Haworth 1940s weekend but also a special occasion when, on Saturday 17th May, Haworth Locomotive Works was witness to a ceremony of thanksgiving for the restoration of wartime locomotives WD 2-8-0 90733 from the UK, once more named for the day ‘Remembrance – less we forget’, and USTAC 2-8-0 5820 from the USA.

With last weekend’s celebration of the 75th Anniversary of VE Day, it is poignant to remember our ceremony of 6 years ago, a day also celebrating the 70th Anniversary of D-Day. The Liturgy and ‘Blessing’ was given by the Reverend Peter Mayo-Smith, Rector of Haworth and Psalm 121 was read by Andrew Simkins from the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway Preservation Society.

On Saturday Class 37 37 075 will be in virtual action, taking locomotive hauled stock in place of the scheduled Class 101 on the morning diesel service.

  • Saturday 16th May
    Virtual Steam service – USATC S160 2-8-0 5820
    Virtual Steam service – British Railways WD 2-8-0 90733
    Virtual Morning Diesel service – Diesel service – British Railways Type 3, Class 37 CO – CO Diesel Electric No. 37 075
    Timetable – Virtually Blue Saturday Timetable.
  • Sunday 17th May
    Virtual Steam service – USATC S160 2-8-0 5820
    Virtual Steam service – British Railways WD 2-8-0 90733
    Timetable – Virtually Blue Timetable.
  • Wednesday 20th May
    Virtual Diesel Railcar service – British Railways Metropolitan-Cammel Class 101 Diesel Multiple Unit No’s. M51189 & Sc51803
    Timetable – Virtually Yellow Timetable.

For the full story of the dedication ceremony, click HERE.

Virtual Locomotive Roster for Bank Holiday Weekend 8th – 10th May and Mid-week 13th May 2020

This week we take our virtual weekend back to 2018. Due to VE Day celebrations on the 8th May taking place across the UK, we will be operating a virtual Blue timetable on each day, so it will be steam locomotives on all trains, Friday and Sunday and an early morning diesel service on Saturday, with steam for the rest of the day. The steam services will be in the hands of S160 5820 being joined by MR 4F 43924.

The Saturday morning diesel railcar service will operate with the Class 101 diesel multiple unit. This week sees the virtual return of the Wednesday Diesel Railcar service on 13th May.

  • Friday 8th May
    Virtual Steam service – USATC S160 2-8-0 5820

    Virtual Steam service – Midland Railway Class 4F 0-6-0 43924
    Timetable – Virtually Blue Timetable.
  • Saturday 9th May
    Virtual Steam service – USATC S160 2-8-0 5820
    Virtual Steam service – Midland Railway Class 4F 0-6-0 43924
    Virtual Morning Diesel service – British Railways Metropolitan-Cammel Class 101 Diesel Multiple Unit No’s. M51189 & Sc51803
    Timetable – Virtually Blue Saturday Timetable.
  • Sunday 10th May
    Virtual Steam service – USATC S160 2-8-0 5820
    Virtual Steam service – Midland Railway Class 4F 0-6-0 43924
    Timetable – Virtually Blue Timetable.
  • Wednesday 13th May
    Virtual Diesel Railcar service – British Railways Metropolitan-Cammel Class 101 Diesel Multiple Unit No’s. M51189 & Sc51803
    Timetable – Virtually Yellow Timetable.