41241 – Ivatt Appeal

Regular Website readers will already know that our Ivatt class 2 tank locomotive 41241 is currently out of service whilst undergoing a major overhaul. The railway is however anxious to have the locomotive ready for service again by early 2018 in order that it might be available to head our Anniversary Special train later that year marking fifty years since it performed a similar task at the head of the preserved line’s reopening train.

We launched our 50th Anniversary Return to Steam appeal for the lvatt 41241 tank locomotive just over a year ago and since then we have made significant progress towards raising the overall £200,000 sum which we need to see the locomotive returned to steam by June 20l8 in time to then haul our special anniversary train.

After the success of our first 2 appeals – Sponsor-a-boiler-tube Appeal and Sponsorship Packages we are now launching our third stage of the Appeal:


Sponsor a Firebox Stay


You can help us and participate directly in the restoration by sponsoring individual stays for a minimum donation of £25 for each side stay and £6O for each crown stay.

Every sponsor will receive a special certificate certified by the Chairman of the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway and be entered into a draw for a pair of free tickets to ride on a special commemorative train which is planned to be pulled by the lvatt as a part of the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Railway’s reopening back in June 1968.

In addition the sponsor of each side stay will receive a voucher for a souvenir from a range of three specially commissioned items bearing the lvatt Appeal wording and comprising an enamel lapel badge, a notepad and pen, and a linen shopping bag.

The sponsor of each crown stay will receive three vouchers for any of these souvenirs.

But please do not delay in applying for these firebox stay sponsorship opportunities as there are only a limited number ever going to be available!

Click HERE to download the sponsorship form.


Casualwear Range

The range of Casualwear we introduced in 2016 is still available to purchase and helps us to restore 41241 in time for the 50th Anniversary celebrations.

Click on the image below for more details about our Casualwear range and how to order.

Ivatt Appeal Casualwear

We still have some way to go with our Ivatt Appeal so we are delighted to introduce a range of casualwear in support of the appeal.

Restoration Progress Reports

The team at Haworth are making great strides to have Ivatt 2MT 2-6-2T 41241 ready in time to take a leading role at the 50th re-opening celebrations in June 2018. Here we present progress reports on the work being undertaken and where all the monies raised by sponsorship and purchase of Ivatt merchandise is going.

41241 8th October 1950

41241 in BR Service

Members of this class of locomotives saw service on the Worth valley branch right up until steam gave way to diesel multiple units in the 1960s. No. 41241 possibly represents the most typical branch-line engine of all KWVR stock, making it ideal motive power for the Railway.

41241 on the KWVR

On the 29th June 1968, Ivatt 2-6-2T 41241 and USA 0-6-0T 72 (30072), both in striking ‘in-house’ liveries, hauled the very first public passenger service on the re-opened Keighley & Worth Valley Railway. It follows, therefore, that 2018 will mark the 50th Anniversary of that momentous occasion and the Railway intends to mark the occasion with the return to active service of 41241 in time to celebrate the event in June 2018.