Vintage Trains Sunday 5th June 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

More ‘Firsts’ for the L&Y train – Appeal

Whilst mainline operators like Virgin and First Great Western are replacing some of their First Class accommodation with Standard Class, the L&Y train owned by the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Trust will be gaining a First Class carriage in 2015.

Restoration of Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway first class carriage no.  279 carriage is progressing rapidly in the workshops at Oxenhope and the pictorial history of its rebuild can be found at the Trust’s own website www.lyrtrust.org.uk . However in order to ensure that the carriage does return to service this year, the Trust has launched an appeal for funds to restore seating to the coach . Continue reading

First locomotive arrival on KWVR – 7th January 1965

It is exactly 50 years ago today  that the first locomotive arrived on the Railway, Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway 0-4-0ST ‘Pug’ 51218, purchased from Neath, South Wales by the L&Y Saddletanks Fund. The following extract has been re-created thanks to the kind permission of Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Trust.

Following withdrawal by British Railways in September 1964 and purchased by the Saddletanks Fund in November 1964, the Worth Valley Railway were glad to greet the arrival of their first locomotive, Pug 51218, on January 7 1965.

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Locomotive Roster for Weekend 26th & 27th July

This week sees 4F 43924 give way to WD 2-8-0 90733 for the Saturday Green steam service and the main Sunday Blue timetable service.

1054-130623'2_IIThis Sunday is yet another chance to take a trip on the Vintage Trains, when National Trust locomotive, LNWR 0-6-2 ‘Coal Tank’ no. 1054, will again to be at the head of the Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway’s Trust‘s restored historical carriages.

Photos: News@KWVR

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 Mid-week 15th – 18th July and Weekend 19th & 20th July

90733-140517_1-KBThis week sees WD 2-8-0 90733 on the Tuesday – Friday Pink timetable. However the home fleet takes a rest on Saturday and Sunday when, advised LMS 5MT 4-6-0 45305 operates the Saturday Green steam service and the main Sunday Blue timetable service.

1054-130623_IIThis Sunday is another Vintage Trains day, when National Trust locomotive, LNWR 0-6-2 ‘Coal Tank’ no. 1054, will leave its Bahamas Locomotive Society base at Ingrow West to be at the head of the Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway’s Trust‘s restored historical carriages.

Featured image: inspiring images. Photos: top, Kenneth Baker; bottom, inspiring images

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

Vintage Trains this Sunday

LNWR 0-6-2 ‘Coal tank’ 1054 was out on the mainline today hauling two of the Vintage Carriages Trust‘s Metropolitan coaches for the annual general meeting of the Bahamas Locomotive Society. This gave a taster for the first of the Sunday Vintage Trains when 1054 will haul the Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway Trust‘s 3 carriage vintage set tomorrow. Click here for details and here for the day’s timetable.

The headline photograph shows 1054 with the Metropolitan First Class coach and Third Class brake leaving Ingrow yard today to take the AGM special to Oxenhope.

Photo: News@KWVR

2014 Vintage Trains

Our special Vintage trains will operate on selected Sundays throughout the summer using steam locomotives and coaches, one dating back to the days of Queen Victoria. Enjoy a rare chance to ride in historic wooden bodied carriages of yesteryear. The 2014 Vintage Train Sundays are split over June, July and August, June 22 and 29, July 20 and 27, August 10 and 17.

This year trains will be hauled by the famous LNWR 0-6-2T ‘Coal Tank’ no. 1054 (Subject to availability).  As announced elsewhere, the Old Gentleman’s Saloon is not available this year, so the trains will consist of all three operational carriages owned by the Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway Trust with an additional vehicle from the Railways operational fleet.

Featured image: Richard Beckett

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Keighley Filming – a triumph of teamwork

As many readers are aware the Railway played host to a major film company last week with Keighley station transformed to represent a major mainline station elsewhere in the country and the rolling stock adapted to represent the period of the film.

The Railway has rightly gained an enviable reputation for working closely with film and television programme makers to deliver their location and period requirements. Recent successes have included the BBC2 drama ‘Peaky Blinders’ and the first programme, ‘A Robber’s Tale’, in the BBC1 drama to mark the 50th Anniversary of the Great Train Robbery. To fulfil such filming contracts requires meticulous negotiations with the film makers and hours of dedicated planning by the Railway and its associated organisations. Continue reading