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.

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.

SUNDAY 24TH JUNE – MEMBERS DAY

In 1968 the Re-Opening Special was hauled by two ex-British Railway tank locomotives and because of the continued existence of steam locomotives on the national network, the KWVR was not permitted to run steam locomotives in their British Railways livery.

In response to this, the 2 locomotives, BR numbered 41241 and 30072, were turned out in 2 striking colour schemes. 41241 was painted in LMS crimson lake, numbered 41241 with the KWVR crest on its side tanks, whereas 30072, being of USA build, was painted in pseudo-American style as no. 72.

Both locomotives have been out of traffic for some time and 30072 has now left the Railway. 41241, known as the Ivatt tank, however, is an icon of the Railway and has been the subject of an appeal to return it to steam in time to haul the celebration 50th Anniversary Re-Opening Special on the 29th June. Sunday 24th June has been chosen as the day that will officially launch 41241 back into traffic, in preparation for the 29th.

Passenger services are available to everyone but in recognition of the support that the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway Preservation Society has received from its the members, on presentation of their current membership card, all members will enjoy FREE TRAVEL on all regular trains throughout the day.

Click HERE to download the timetable for Sunday 24th June.

MONDAY 25TH – WEDNESDAY 27TH JUNE – ‘ROYAL SCOT’ DAYS

The Keighley & Worth Valley Railway is once again offering a one off experience. We are excited to be able to welcome a true Icon of Steam, Royal Scot to our railway between Monday 25th June and Wednesday 27th June 2018.

Royal Scot will be hauling passenger trains between  Keighley and Oxenhope each day. This is YOUR chance to ride behind Royal Scot which will haul your train from Keighley to Oxenhope and one of our resident steam locomotives will take the train, with Royal Scot on the rear, from Oxenhope to Keighley.

For all the details of this not to be missed opportunity visit the ‘Royal Scot’ page of the website >>>

In addition to the services hauled by ‘Royal Scot’ we will also be operating a ‘pay-on-the-day’ public passenger service.

Click HERE to download the timetable for Monday 25th – Wednesday 27th June.

THURSDAY 28TH JUNE – VINTAGE & LITTLE ENGINES DAY

Throughout its early life the KWVR relied heavily on smaller tank engines. With shorter trains than we have today, these engines, whilst not entirely suitable to operating a 5 mile passenger railway, where the mainstay of the Railway, and this day is dedicated to the small engines that kept us going in those early days.

In 1971, our Great Western pannier tank no. 5775 gained fame when it appeared in the film, ‘The Railway Children’. The locomotive is currently out of service so we are delighted to welcome another member of the same class of engine, no. 7714, from the Severn Valley Railway. For more information about 5775’s role in the film and a short history of 7714, visit the news item HERE>>>.

In addition to 7714, the smaller steam and diesel locomotives from our own fleet will be in action on passenger services.

Click HERE to download the timetable for Thursday 28th June.

FRIDAY 29TH JUNE – 50TH ANNIVERSARY DAY

Our big celebration day. 50 years of volunteer effort in delivering the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway you see today. Full details are still being finalised, but we will be operating a re-run of the original re-opening special with Ivatt 2-6-2T no. 41241 at its head. Keep a lookout for the details once finalised.

In addition to the ‘by invitation only’ 50th Anniversary Special, we will also be operating a ‘pay-on-the-day’ public passenger service.

Present on the day will be GB Railfreight Class 66 and Class 73 locomotives which will make one return passenger journey together along the branchline following the naming of the Class 66 ‘Keighley & Worth Valley Railway – 50th Anniversary 1968 – 2018’ at Keighley.

Click HERE to download the timetable for Friday 29th June.

SATURDAY 30TH JUNE – MIXED TRAFFIC DAY

The Railway has never just been about steam locomotives. In the late 1950s even before the Railway was closed, class 108 Diesel Multiple Units were often seen on the line. The Railway is also proud to host many ex shunting locomotives, as well as prototype D0226 and class 20, 25 and 37 diesels alongside our impressive collection of steam locomotives. This day will feature both steam and diesel trains and should be something for everyone with some late evening running and an early start!

Visiting us for the weekend will be 2 stalwarts of the KWVR from past years – LMS Class 5MT 4-6-0 45212, one of the first locomotives to arrive on the railway, and Southern Railway Pacific, 34092 ‘City of Wells’, once a long term resident on the Railway but now part of the East Lancashire Railway fleet at Bury.

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.

SOUTHERN RAILWAY ‘WEST COUNTRY’ PACIFIC 34092 ‘CITY OF WELLS’

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.

Click HERE to download the timetable for Saturday 30th June.

SUNDAY 1ST JULY – DIESEL DAY

Just as day turns to night, steam on BR made rapid switch to diesel power. The KWVR was one of the first Heritage Railways to host a ‘Modern Traction’ Event – which then became ‘Diesel Galas’.

In 1988 the first ever event featured class 55 Deltics and Hydraulic locomotives, in the shape of a class 35 Hymek and 52 Western. Our plan is to recreate the spirit of that pioneering gala in 1988.

CLASS 55 ‘DELTIC’ NO. 55 019 ‘ROYAL HIGHLAND FUSILIER’

We are delighted that the Deltic Preservation Society’s Class 55 ‘Deltic’ 55 019 ‘Royal Highland Fusilier” will be in visiting the Railway over the weekend and will operate some trains on both June 30th and July 1st.

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 50 diesel electric locomotives 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.

We will also host 3 further visitors – GB Raifreight Classes 66 and 73 that featured on the 29th June re-opening celebration day and a Direct Rail Services Class 37.

They will be supported by home fleet locos 20 031, 25 059, D0226 Vulcan, D32, D2511, 08 993, Class 101 Diesel Multiple Unit and Diesel Railbus M79964.

Click HERE to download the timetable for Sunday 1st July.

8 Day Gala Timetables

To download the full collection 8 Day Gala timetables, click HERE.

Bridgehouse Brewery Celebration Ale

In true KWVR fashion, we have teamed up with a local brewery to produce a special celebration ale. The 50th Anniversary will be celebrated by local Keighley brewery, Bridgehouse Brewery who are producing s special pale blonde beer, Worth Valley Gold which will be available throughout our celebration week.

 

50th Anniversary Week Fares on regular train services

Rover Ticket for 1 Day
Sunday 24th June – Wednesday 27th June

  • Adult : £18.00
  • Concession Day Rover: £15.00
  • Child 5-15: £9.00
  • Adult & Child Travelling Together: £22.00
  • Local Resident Railcard & KWVRPS Members: £9.00
  • Concession Local Resident Railcard & KWVRPS Members: £7.50
  • Child Local Resident Railcard & KWVRPS Members: £4.50

Rover Ticket for 1 Day
Thursday 28th June – Sunday 1st July

  • Adult : £25.00
  • Concession Day Rover: £22.00
  • Child 5-15: £12.50
  • Adult & Child Travelling Together: £30.00
  • Local Resident Railcard & KWVRPS Members: £12.50
  • Concession Local Resident Railcard & KWVRPS Members: £11.00
  • Child Local Resident Railcard & KWVRPS Members: £6.25

Rover Tickets for Any 2 Days of the Event

  • Adult : £40.00
  • Concession Day Rover: £36.00
  • Child 5-15: £20.00
  • Local Resident Railcard & KWVRPS Members: £20.00
  • Concession Local Resident Railcard & KWVRPS Members: £18.00
  • Child Local Resident Railcard & KWVRPS Members: £10.00

Rover Tickets for Any 3 Days of the Event

  • Adult : £55.00
  • Concession Day Rover: £50.00
  • Child 5-15: £27.50
  • Local Resident Railcard & KWVRPS Members: £27.50
  • Concession Local Resident Railcard & KWVRPS Members: £25.00
  • Child Local Resident Railcard & KWVRPS Members: £13.75

Rover Tickets for Any 5 Days of the Event

  • Adult : £75.00
  • Concession Day Rover: £67.50
  • Child 5-15: £37.50
  • Local Resident Railcard & KWVRPS Members: £37.50
  • Concession Local Resident Railcard & KWVRPS Members: £33.75
  • Child Local Resident Railcard & KWVRPS Members: £18.75

For the 8 Day Anniversary Gala you can now book any of the these Day Rover Tickets on-line and save on the pay-on-the-day fares; 5% on Rover tickets for 1 and 2 days and 10% for 3 and 5 days

Book in advance & SAVE!

The following discount fares apply when you book on-line.
Please note:

  • The discount is only available online – not available for telephone bookings
  • The discount is only available when the booking is made at least 5 days in advance of the date of the visit – less than 5 days before normal undiscounted fare apply.

Rover Ticket for 1 Day
Sunday 24th June – Wednesday 27th June

  • Adult : £17.10
  • Concession Day Rover: £14.25
  • Child 5-15: £8.55
  • Adult & Child Travelling Together: £20.90
  • Local Resident Railcard & KWVRPS Members: £8.55
  • Concession Local Resident Railcard & KWVRPS Members: £7.12
  • Child Local Resident Railcard & KWVRPS Members: £4.27

Rover Ticket for 1 Day
Thursday 28th June – Sunday 1st July

  • Adult : £23.75
  • Concession Day Rover: £20.90
  • Child 5-15: £11.87
  • Adult & Child Travelling Together: £28.50
  • Local Resident Railcard & KWVRPS Members: £11.87
  • Concession Local Resident Railcard & KWVRPS Members: £10.45
  • Child Local Resident Railcard & KWVRPS Members: £5.94

Rover Tickets for Any 2 Days of the Event

  • Adult : £38.00
  • Concession Day Rover: £34.20
  • Child 5-15: £19.00
  • Local Resident Railcard & KWVRPS Members: £19.00
  • Concession Local Resident Railcard & KWVRPS Members: £17.10
  • Child Local Resident Railcard & KWVRPS Members: £9.50

Rover Tickets for Any 3 Days of the Event

  • Adult : £49.50
  • Concession Day Rover: £45.00
  • Child 5-15: £24.75
  • Local Resident Railcard & KWVRPS Members: £24.75
  • Concession Local Resident Railcard & KWVRPS Members: £22.50
  • Child Local Resident Railcard & KWVRPS Members: £12.37

Rover Tickets for Any 5 Days of the Event

  • Adult : £67.50
  • Concession Day Rover: £60.75
  • Child 5-15: £33.75
  • Local Resident Railcard & KWVRPS Members: £37.50
  • Concession Local Resident Railcard & KWVRPS Members: £30.37
  • Child Local Resident Railcard & KWVRPS Members: £16.87

So don’t delay, click on the Advance Booking link below and book your travel tickets for the KWVR 50th Anniversary NOW!

Behind the Scenes Tours and a Summer’s Evening Stroll

The KWVR is well known for its behind the scenes guided tours, delivered by knowledgeable witty guides who tell it like it is. For the anniversary week we are not only offering the usual tours of the Locomotive Shed and Workshops at Haworth but also a chance to look at the Carriage Shed, Workshops and the Exhibition Shed at Oxenhope.

Tour Times:

Haworth

  • 24th June – 11.40, 13.00 and 15.30
  • 25th, 26th & 27th June – 12.20 and 15.50
  • 28th June – 14.00
  • 29th June – Sorry, no tours today as we are celebrating.
  • 30th June – 10.35, 12.10, 14.00 and 15.55
  • 1st July – 10.05, 11.40, 13.10, 14.50 and 16.30

Oxenhope

  • 24th June – 10.10 and 13.40
  • 25th, 26th & 27th June – 14.25

Click HERE for full details of the tours and also a railway stroll on Thursday evening 28th June.