Over time, the Worth Valley scene changes. Seasons come and go, and locomotives and rolling stock come into and go out of traffic. Every weekend we see regular photographers and camera wielding enthusiasts at the lineside in hi-viz jackets recording the passage of trains which we are delighted to feature in our News@KWVR blog and on our main website.
But the lineside has not only been the preserve of human enthusiasts. For those who regularly visit the KWVR, there has been a constant sight trackside and at stations along the line. The Keighley & Worth Valley Railway is the favourite railway of video cameraman, Ken Baker who has for many years produced videos under the name, Penny Steam – the title being derived from the name of his trusty little black companion, Penny. Whenever you saw Ken, Penny would not be far away and she was well known to many of the volunteers on the Railway, in the stations and in Haworth Yard and also to passengers who visited the line on a regular basis. Indeed, YouTube viewers of Ken’s videos would have no idea what Ken looks like, but would recognise Penny instantly as she featured at the beginning of every video. Penny has been trackside at all the KWVR events – Galas, Beer Festivals, Haworth Haddocks, Haworth 1940s to name just a few – and on numerous weekends throughout the year, come rain or shine.
Penny was as much a part of the Worth Valley scene as our locomotives and so it was with great sadness we learnt in late November that she had developed a tumour which by late December had developed to such an extent that on the 20th December, after visiting the Railway for the last time, she peacefully passed away that evening.
As a tribute to a small part of the Worth Valley scene that has helped to spread our story around the country, below is a short video of the KWVR, “Penny’s lineside story at KWVR” featuring Penny’s visits and of course the Railway, that Ken insists was her favourite.
We have not featured a video from regular contributor Kenneth Baker for some time, but we put that right by featuring a sample video that gives the viewer a taste of the 2015 Winter Steam Gala at the end of February.
If you would like to see the full video presentation from Penny Steam, click HERE for Part 1 and HERE for Part 2 – in total over 70 minutes of passenger, double heading and freight steam action.
Coming soon, Worth Valley on Tour. Ken’s little dog, Penny, took him off to Llangollen to see 34092 ‘Wells’ and to the Severn Valley to see 90733 and 1054 on their vacation away from home metals. Images from many photographers who also attended and Ken’s take on proceedings will feature on the News site in the next few weeks.
This site relies heavily on contributions from within the Railway and from members of the public and Society members. Thanks to the enthusiasm from within and outside we have been able to display many excellent images and show numerous videos of activities in and around the Railway.
In never ceases to amaze us the lengths that supporters of the Railway will go to, to bring us those everyday and special activities that abound on the Railway.
Landing in the in-box this week is another of the excellent videos that Kenneth Baker produces, but what makes this one special is that Ken, along with his little companion, Penny, shot this video in the most appalling conditions on a stormy day when the heavens decided to deposit its contents on the Worth Valley. What such weather does bring however, is very evocative footage as the trains struggle in wet and difficult conditions and we are very appreciative of the lengths that he has gone to do it. Ken’s little black dog, Penny, however was not available to give her comments on the day, although if she could talk, it may well be unprintable.
No Worth Valley event would be complete without the customary video from Penny Steam, and yet again Ken and his faithful companion, Penny, do not disappoint with this preview of his video of the Haworth 1940’s celebration, titled It Ain’t Half Hot, Dad for very obvious reasons on a beautiful hot Spring day.
Click here to see the full video of the days events.
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.
No look at the weekend’s events would be complete without a video from Kenneth Baker at Penny Steam. Filmed on Saturday, this review has been produced specifically for the Railway. We are sure that having seen this review you will want to see the full extended version of the days events.
To see the full length version of Penny Steam’s ‘Keighley & Worthy Valley – Winter Steam Spectacular’ Click here.
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’.
Kenneth F. Baker of Penny Steam, along with his faithfully dog, Penny, never disappoints and this series of videos of the Railway in Winter demonstrate, that even in the depths of winter, the Railway has much to offer. Make yourself a nice cup of cocoa, put your feet up and settle down to watch the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway on a Santa Special, Mince Pie Special and a normal service day on the 19th January 2014
With modern video techniques and the latest locomotives at the head of the train we tend to forget Santa specials of past years. In this wonderful atmospheric black and white archive film by Phil Whitehead, converted to modern format, we see 2-8-0 8F 48431 and 0-6-0 Pannier 5775 get to grips with their train on the climb out of Keighley. Both engines are now retired and await their turn in the restoration queue.
We would love to hear from other enthusiasts who have archive film that we can feature in future months .. they say nostalgia is not what it used to be. It is!