50th Anniversary Gala – 24th June-1st July 2018

29th June 1968 is the date when the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway, re-opened for business under the control of a group of railway enthusiasts hell bent on ensuring that the Worth Valley branch of British Railways did not go the same way as so many other similar lines in Great Britain.

This is an event that both the public and enthusiasts will not want to miss. EIGHT days of celebration are likely to produce the most spectacular Gala the Railway has organised since the opening day in June 1968.

Our 50th Anniversary is a week long celebration showcasing all that we’ve done as a Railway over the last 50 years, from humble beginnings with smaller engines, to bigger locos and even diesels.

The event will see the return of a ‘Diesel Gala’ style day, along with Vintage Trains, Little Engines and some iconic visiting locomotives – all with a connection to the KWVR in some way.

A recreation of the ‘Re-opening Special’ will take place on Friday 29th June, intended to have one of the original re-opening day locomotives at its head, Ivatt 2-6-2T 41241 resplendent in LMS Maroon livery, just as it carried in 1968.

The 8 days of celebration will finish with a “mixed traffic” style event, a week long Gala to please all audiences.

Details of the event are still being finalised and will be announced as and when the events for each day are confirmed. Keep a lookout on the website and on our Social Media feeds for further announcements.