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

Locomotive Roster for Weekend 16th & 17th June and Weekday 18th – 22nd June 2018

For the last weekend and weekday services before we begin our 50th Anniversary 8-day Gala celebrations we have quite a mixture of motive power over the next 7 days, even before our Gala begins. The line up will be as follows:

  • Saturday 16th June – British Railways Class 4MT 4-6-0 75078
  • Sunday 17th June – 75078 plus Class 50 diesel electric 50 035 ‘Ark Royal’, by special arrangement with the Class 50 Alliance, owner of the locomotive, which arrived this week ready for its Gala appearance.
  • Monday 18th & Tuesday 19th June – 75078
  • Wednesday 20th – Friday 22nd – KWVR owned LMS Class 5MT ‘Black 5’ 4-6-0 45212 which arrives via the mainline connection for the Gala on Tuesday, 19th June.

Please click HERE to visit the main website for timetables in operation for the next 7 days.

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

‘Royal Scot’ Driver Experience Day

The KWVR offers you the rare opportunity to drive one of the world’s true Icons of Steam – 46100 ‘Royal Scot’ on the famous Keighley and Worth Valley Railway. Experience the thrill of being in control of an Express Passenger locomotive on the country’s only complete heritage branch line.

A one off special offer during our 50th Anniversary celebration gala. On the evening of Thursday 28th June 2018, ‘Royal Scot’ will be available for THREE participants to drive one round trip of the Worth Valley branch, hauling the Bahamas Locomotive Society’s Queen Mary brake van.

We apologise for the incorrect link. For full details of this amazing opportunity, visit the KWVR Website, to follow the correct link, click HERE>>>

‘Royal Scot’ Driver Experience Day

The KWVR offers you the rare opportunity to drive one of the world’s true Icons of Steam – 46100 ‘Royal Scot’ on the famous Keighley and Worth Valley Railway. Experience the thrill of being in control of an Express Passenger locomotive on the country’s only complete heritage branch line.

A one off special offer during our 50th Anniversary celebration gala. On the evening of Thursday 28th June 2018, ‘Royal Scot’ will be available for THREE participants to drive one round trip of the Worth Valley branch, hauling the Bahamas Locomotive Society’s Queen Mary brake van.

For full details of this amazing opportunity, visit the KWVR Website, just click HERE>>>

Locomotive Roster for Weekend 9th & 10th June and Weekday 11th – 15th June 2018

This weekend sees the introduction of our two day Food & Drink Festival when a 2 train service will be in operation on both days. The Saturday service will be operated by steam on one coach set and a diesel locomotive on the other. The services will be in the hands of USATC S160 2-8-0 5820 and Sulzer diesel Class 25 25 059. On Sunday 25 059 takes a back seat to be replaced by BR Class 4MT 4-6-0 75078.

For full details of the Food & Drink Festival visit the KWVR Website.

Steam hauled services continue throughout the week, 5820 retiring to Haworth Shed and 75078 continuing for the 4 train weekday service.

Please click HERE to visit the main website.

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

Locomotive Roster for Weekend 2nd & 3rd June and weekday to 8th June 2018

MR 4F 0-6-0 43924 has held the fort throughout the week and will continue on scheduled services on Saturday and Sunday. On Sunday 43924 will be joined by USATC S160 2-8-0 5820 for 2 train running on Sunday when the Blue timetable operates.

This week is the start of weekday running that now lasts right through to September. There are 4 trains per day on the Pink timetable with 5820 providing the power on all services during this first week.

The diesel services on Saturday will be handled by our Class 101 diesel multiple unit.

On Saturday the first train departs Oxenhope (diesel railcar) at 09.00 with steam locomotive trains operating from 11.00 and on Sunday, the first passenger service is steam hauled at 10.15. Weekday has the Pink timetable in use with the first service leaving Oxenhope at 10.00.

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 Bank Holiday Weekend and Weekday 29th May – 1st June 2018

This weekend sees the second of the Diesel & Ale Saturdays when a 2 train service will be in operation with the diesel service in the hands of Class 25 25 059. A selection of real ales will be on offer in the buffet car. The steam service will have British Railways Class 4MT 4-6-0 75078 at its head.

On Sunday and Monday the Blue timetable is in operation on both days  so it will be steam locomotives on all trains. The first train departs Oxenhope each day at 10.15 and the last departure of the day is 17.15 from Keighley. 75078 continues on Sunday and Monday being joined by MR 4F 0-6-0 43924.

Steam hauled services continue throughout the week, 75078 retiring to Haworth Shed after 3 days work and 43924 continues for the rest of the weekday service. Tuesday sees the first scenic bus tours between Haworth and Oxenhope when, weather permitting, an open top bus may be used giving a wonderful vista over the Valley

Away from the passenger service, there will be a tour of Haworth Works on Thursday, meet at Haworth Station at 14.00 where your guide will meet you to take you on the tour.

The Diesel & Ale GREEN timetable is in operation Saturday, the BLUE timetable on Sunday and the ORANGE train / bus timetable Tuesday – Friday. 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

50th Anniversary Gala Update

We are delighted to announce a further visiting steam locomotives, one returning home and an additional mainline diesel for the 8 day Gala.

Southern Railway ‘West Country’ Pacific 34092 ‘City of Wells’

We’re delighted to share with you the news that 34092 ‘City of Wells’ will return this Summer – for our 50th Anniversary in June. Thanks go to the current owners, life long and KWVR founding Members, who have made the Loco available for the last time under their ownership.

Although based on the KWVR since being rescued from Barry scrapyard in the 1970s ‘City of Wells’ was never a suitable locomotive for a short, steep 5 mile branch line. Having been marooned at Bury due to bridge problems in Keighley, the ELR were able to make greater use of the locomotive whilst in their care, than would be the case on the KWVR. The private owners of the locomotive made the decision to pass this superbly restored ex-Southern Pacific onto new owners and, as the ELR is more suited to it, are in the process of selling ‘City of Wells’ to the East Lancashire Railway at Bury.

It is with great pleasure therefore that we welcome 34092 to its spiritual home for one last time in the original owners care.

LMS Class 5MT ‘Black 5’ 4-6-0 45212

Returning for the first time since it returned to traffic in 2017, the KWVR’s very own ‘Black 5’, 45212, is making a brief appearance in between mainline duties. As part of the agreement with Ian Riley Engineering to restore 45212 to mainline condition, the KWVR had use of the locomotive, or another member of the class, at various time during the year. Ian Riley’s sister locomotive 44871, spent few months over the Christmas period in lieu of 45212.

45212 was one of the first locomotives to arrive on the line after re-opening, being purchased straight out of service when steam traction ceased on British Railways, having had the distinction of heading the final steam hauled revenue earning service on August 4th 1968.

Class 50 English Electric Type 4 50 035 ‘Ark Royal’

Class 50, 50 035 Ark Royal, has been confirmed as attending our 50th Anniversary courtesy of our friends at ‘The Class 50 Alliance Ltd”.

The class were initially introduced for services north of Crewe, prior to electrification of the Crewe – Glasgow section of the West Coast main line. As 45212 was being withdrawn, D435 (as initially numbered) was being released into traffic from the Vulcan Foundry in Newton-le-Willows. In the re-numbering system of the 1970s D435 became 50 035 in 1974 and was named ‘Ark Royal’ in 1978,

Withdrawn in 1990, 50 035 was purchased by the 50 Fund. Based on the Severn Valley Railway, it is now owned by the ‘Class 50 Alliance’, an amalgamation between the 50 Fund and Project Defiance. The group now owns 4 members of the class.

50 035 was the first Class 50 to be preserved and the Class is also celebrating their 50th Anniversary this year. This is the locomotives first visit to the Railway and will feature on Saurday 30th June and Sunday 1st July as part of our 50th Anniversary Mixed traffic and Diesel Days.

 

Locomotive Roster for Weekend 19th & 20th May 2018

There are three very special events this weekend. Whilst the nation looks on in awe of the Royal couple and football fans watch the FA Cup final, Haworth will be holding its Haworth 1940s Weekend, arguably one of the best such events in the country.

To cater for the crowds that flock to the Valley for this event, the Railway is running an intensive timetable throughout both days. To ensure punctuality of the service, we will have 3 locomotives operating each day with changeover at Keighley, rather than the usual running round. The line up will be

  • USATC S160 2-8-0 5820
  • MR 4F 0-6-0 43924
  • BR Class 4MT 4-6-0 75078

In addition, the early morning diesel service from Oxenhope will be locomotive hauled stock in the capable hands of Class 20, no. 20 031. With FOUR mainline locomotives in action this weekend is almost a mini-gala.

First trains depart both Oxenhope (diesel hauled) and Keighley (steam hauled) at 08.45 with the last diesel service, the 10.15 from Keighley and then its 100% steam for the rest of the day.

The same timetable operates on Saturday and Sunday this weekend, please click HERE for this weekend’s timetable.

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

Weekend Paid Employment Opportunity

The Railway has an urgent need of two bar stewards to work its on-train bars at weekends. The normal working day is from 09.30 – 17.30, but there may also be a requirement to work at other times and days when there are special events taking place.

These positions are offered at either the National Minimum or Living Wage dependent upon the age of the applicant on a Zero Hours contract.

If you are aged 18 years or over, feel you have the necessary customer service skills and (preferably) some experience of bar work and would like to apply, please send a brief cv to :

The Catering Manager, c/o Haworth Station, Haworth BD22 9NJ

Closing date for applications: 28th May 2018
Interviews will take place on Saturday, 2nd June.

Locomotive Roster for Weekend 12th & 13th May and Mid-week 16th May 2018

USATC S160 2-8-0 5820 is back this weekend at the head of the steam service on Saturday and Sunday. The diesel service will be in the capable hands of our Class 101 diesel multiple unit which will also be on duty on the Wednesday railcar service. Seen as a “modern” form of rail travel, this class of diesel unit was itself introduced over 60 years ago.

First train departs Oxenhope (diesel railcar) at 09.00 with 5820 operating from 11.00 and on Sunday, the first passenger service is steam hauled at 10.15, 5820 working a two train service with the diesel railcar.

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

Tour de Yorkshire – 6th May 2018

Sunday, 6 May 2018 – Stage 4 of the Tour de Yorkshire 2018 passes through Oxenhope, Haworth, Oakworth and Laycock.

Road closures will be in place to facilitate the event passing through the district, which is anticipated to be between 12.43 (Hebden Bridge) and 13.10 Goose Eye.

This year the race comes down from Oxenhope Moor and continues along the A6033 Keighley Road before dropping down Brow Road, over the Railway and up Haworth Main Street. Haworth and Oxenhope Stations are not featured this year, the only contact the race has with the Railway this year is crossing over the tracks on Bridgehouse Lane, adjacent to Haworth Yard.

Visitors to the Railway will face minimum disruption but need to be aware of potential road closures as the race passes through. Alternatively, park in Keighley or at Ingrow and let the train take the strain.

For details of the Day 4 of the Tour de Yorkshire, visit the dedicated website >>>.

Locomotive Roster for Bank Holiday Weekend and Mid-week 9th May 2018

This weekend sees the first of the Diesel & Ale Saturdays when a 2 train service will be in operation with the diesel service, sponsored by Eagle Crag Brewery, in the hands of Class 20 20 031. A selection of Eagle Crag real ales will be on offer in the buffet car. The steam service will have USATC S160 2-8-0 no. 5820 at its head.

On Sunday and Monday the Blue timetable is in operation on both days  so it will be steam locomotives on all trains. The first train departs Oxenhope each day at 10.15 and the last departure of the day is 17.15 from Keighley. 5820 continues on Sunday and Monday being joined by MR 4F 0-6-0 43924. Away from the passenger service, there will be a tour of Haworth Works on Saturday and Sunday, meet at Haworth Station at 12.30 and 13.00 respectively.

The diesel railcar services operates on Wednesday with the 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

Visiting Pannier Tank for 50th Anniversary

From the re-opening in June 1968 until 1971 the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway had shown a steady rise in passenger numbers when EMI chose the KWVR as the railway line of the fictitious GNSR immortalised in Edith Nesbit’s book ‘The Railway Children’ and instantly raised the profile of this sleepy West Yorkshire branchline. So successful was the publicity that the film generated, the Society directors of the day had to decide to increase the capacity of the line to cope with the number of passengers wishing to travel on The Railway Children’s railway by building a passing loop, now known as Damems Junction.

Whilst the story of the film and the building of the loop are stories in their own right, the film is also responsible for a humble Great Western Pannier tank, number 5775, being shot to fame. When hauling the Old Gentleman’s saloon, it became affectionately immortalised by many, when famously  ‘Bobby’, played by Jenny Agutter, successfully attracted the driver’s attention to a landslip blocking the line with 5775 skidding to a halt as ‘Bobby’ fell to the ground in fear.

 

Sadly 5775 has not worked on the Railway for some time and is currently on display in Oxenhope Exhibition Shed in its fictitious GNSR livery. However to mark the importance that 5775 played in the history and success of the KWVR, we are delighted to announce that Pannier Tank, no. 7714, a member of the same class of locomotive as 5775, will be joining us for our 50th Anniversary Gala courtesy of our friends at the Severn Valley Railway and the SVR Pannier Tank Fund. 7714 will join us for the later part of our 8 Day Event, 24th June – 1st July.

5775 was built at Swindon by the Great Western Railway in 1929 whereas 7714 was built for the GWR by Kerr Stuart & Co. of Stoke, in 1930 and entered service in Birmingham at the Tyseley shed, now the home of Tyseley Locomotive Works, the same year. Throughout its working life it worked at various sheds until withdrawn by British Railways in January 1959 and sold to the National Coal Board for use at their Penallta Colliery near Rhymney in South Wales.

On withdrawal by the NCB, 7714 was purchased by the SVR and after a lengthy restoration was returned to service in 1992. Since then it has had subsequent overhauls with the latest completed in November 2016.

Managerial Vacancy

Commercial Manager

The Keighley and Worth Valley Railway celebrates 50 years of running heritage passenger services this year. Over time the railway has evolved into a visitor attraction that is highly regarded and an asset to the local area. Recent initiatives have proven successful in attracting a new audience from that traditionally targeted and which we would like explore further.

Therefore a brand new opportunity is now available for a dynamic Commercial Manager to come on board at the KWVR, where we need to grow our business to ensure the attraction continues to be sustainable and has a bright future. This role will focus on the development of catering and retail in addition to the strategic development of our marketing.

As a senior manager of the business you will report directly to the board of volunteer directors and will work alongside the Operations Manager.
You will have proven experience in marketing strategy, managing commercial activities, organising events and preferably working with a charitable and volunteer led organisation.

For full job description, click HERE>>>

Full or Part Time to suit

 

Salary negotiable depending on experience

To apply please send a CV and covering letter to recruitment@kwvr.co.uk or post to:
Noel Hartley, Haworth Station, Haworth, West Yorkshire, BD22 8NJ

Closing date for applications is:  Friday 18th May 2018

Locomotive Roster for Weekend 28th & 29th April and Mid-week 2nd May 2018

April is nearly over and for the last weekend of the month, USATC s-160 2-8-0 5820 will haul steam services on Saturday and Sunday.

On Wednesday we will be running our midweek diesel railcar service. Diesel services at the weekend and mid-week will be in the capable hands of our Class 101 diesel multiple unit which, thought of as modern in its day, is a class of diesel unit introduced over 60 years ago.

First train on Saturday departs Oxenhope (diesel railcar) at 09.00 with 5820 operating from 11.00 and on Sunday, the first passenger service is steam hauled at 10.15, 5820 working a two train service with the diesel railcar.

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 Weekend 21st & 22nd April and Mid-week 25th April 2018

With ‘Nunlow’ having bowed out last weekend, this weekend sees the Railway back to normality with MR 4F 0-6-0 43924 back at the head of this weekend’s steam service on Saturday and Sunday. On Wednesday we will be running our midweek diesel railcar service. Diesel services will be in the capable hands of our Class 101 diesel multiple unit which, thought of as modern in its day, is a class of diesel unit introduced over 60 years ago.

First train departs Oxenhope (diesel railcar) at 09.00 with 43924 operating from 11.00 and on Sunday, the first passenger service is steam hauled at 10.15, 43924 working a two train service with the diesel railcar.

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.

Diesel & Ale Saturdays

Introduced in 2015, the Railway operates diesel locomotive hauled trains, as well as steam hauled services on selected Saturdays. For the last 3 years, this has proven very popular and the Railway is pleased to repeat the exercise for this year – big diesel haulage ALL DAY on certain Saturdays May through to September.

As with last year the days will be sponsored by local breweries, so join us on these days when there will be a Diesel Hauled service ALL DAY in addition to our usual steam hauled service.

Full details of the brewery sponsors and the allocated mainline diesel for the day have now been published on the KWVR website >>>

Locomotive Roster for Weekend 14th & 15th April and Mid-week 18th April 2018

USATC S160 2-8-0 5820 is back this weekend at the head of the steam service on Saturday and Sunday. Daily running over the Easter period has now come to an end so we see the return of our midweek diesel railcar service on Wednesday.

First train departs Oxenhope (diesel railcar) at 09.00 with 5820 operating from 11.00 and on Sunday, the first passenger service is steam hauled at 10.15, 5820 working a two train service with the diesel railcar.

With Spring now upon us (in theory at least) the railbus has been retired to Haworth Shed and the diesel service will be in the capable hands of our Class 101 diesel multiple unit which will also be on duty on the Wednesday railcar service. Seen as a “modern” form of rail travel, this class of diesel unit was itself introduced over 60 years ago.

Nunlow’s Nightcap

This Saturday sees the last day in service before overhaul of the Bahamas Locomotive Society’s, Hudswell Clark 0-6-0T no. 1704 ‘Nunlow’. Starting at 16.10 from Oxenhope, ‘Nunlow will be operating 3 round trips the full length of the branch before retiring to the BLS Loco Works at Ingrow West.

A special ale, Nunlow’s Nightcap’, has been brewed by Bridgehouse Brewery to mark the occasion and there will be live music from the popular cover band, ‘Wired’, between 18.20 and 19.00 on Platform 4 at Keighley. For all the information visit the Nunlow’s Nighcap page of the 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.

Photographers visiting the Railway to capture Nunlow’s last stand, will also have the bonus of 5820 operating the ‘Haworth ‘Haddock’.

 

Locomotive Roster for Weekend 7th & 8th April and weekday to 13th April 2018

BR Standard 4MT 4-6-0 75078 has held the fort throughout the week and should be taking a well earned break this weekend. USATC S160 2-8-0 5820 is scheduled to takes its place at the head of the steam service on Saturday and Sunday. However, with 5820 having had to be withdrawn last weekend for repairs to be carried out, should the work not be concluded in time, 75078 will step into the breach, and its rest will have to wait until Monday.

The Easter half term programme of services continue Monday – Friday when MR 4F 0-6-0 43924 will provide the power on all services during the week.

The diesel services on Saturday and Sunday will be handled by our Class 101 diesel multiple unit, with the diesel railbus retired to the comparative warmth of Haworth Shed.

On Saturday the first train departs Oxenhope (diesel railcar) at 09.00 with steam locomotive trains operating from 11.00 and on Sunday, the first passenger service is steam hauled at 10.15, working a two train service with the diesel multiple unit. Weekday has the pink timetable in use with the first service leaving Oxenhope at 10.00.

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.