Diesel & Mixed Traffic Gala

The Diesel & Mixed Traffic Gala encompasses 2 different eras providing a look back for those who do not remember steam traction, for whom this Diesel Gala brings back memories of the heritage machines that worked from the end of steam, right up until recent memory, and also gives 2 days of steam hauled trains, reminiscent of a time when diesels and steam worked side by side on the national network.

Diesel & Mixed Traffic Gala | Friday 3rd May – Monday 6th May


The Diesel Gala is back!

The Event will take a different format to usual with the first two days seeing all services hauled by home and visiting Diesel Locomotives, many from around the country.

Many visitors won’t remember steam traction, so the Diesel Gala brings back memories of these heritage machines that worked right from the end of steam right up until recent memory – and in some cases continue to do so!

On the Sunday & Monday of our Event, our home fleet of Steam Locomotives will then come out to play for a mixed traffic theme.

As part of the intensive timetable, evening trains are planned to be running. This will include plenty of Express and Shuttle trains as well as special late night trains running on Saturday night.

Each of our main sets will include a Real Ale bar serving a selection of Real Ale from local breweries, with hot and cold drinks also being served for you to enjoy during your journey with us.

 Guest and home fleet engines:

With discussion among various groups and the gala planning team taking place, we’re aiming to bring something for everyone!

The Class 50 Alliance Ltd.

The group own or are custodians of six Class 50 diesel electric locomotives (007, 031, 033, 035, 044, 049). Following on from the visit of 50 035 in Summer 2018, current plans are for 50 031 ‘Hood’ and 50 049 ‘Defiance’ to visit us for the Gala BUT please note this could change as plans are not fully confirmed. Being mainline certified, ‘Defiance’ will provide the traction for the convoy of locomotives and coaches planned to attend the event.

As more visitors for the Gala are confirmed, these will be announce over our social media channels and our website. Please keep checking throughout the year to see these exciting announcements.

We will also have a selection of trade stalls operating over the weekend. Trade stalls confirmed so far are the ‘Bufferbeam’ team who will be joining us from the Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th of May 2019. They will be based at Oxenhope Platform selling a range of Railway Memorabilia ranging from Polo-shirts to Mugs.

As more trade stalls are confirmed, we will announce them through our social media channels.

Diesel Home Fleet:

  • British Rail Class 25 – 25 059
  • British Rail Class 20 – 20 031
  • British Rail Class 37 – 37 075
  • Prototype Diesel Shunter – D0226 ‘Vulcan’
  • Hunslet Diesel Shunter – 32 ‘Huskisson’

Steam Locomotive Home Fleet (from):

  • BR Ivatt Class 2 2-6-2 – 41241
  • USATC S160 2-8-0 – 5820
  • BR Standard Class 2 – 78022
  • BR Standard Class 4 – 75078
  • MR 4F 0-6-0 – 43924

As we get closer to the event, a full list of Diesels and Steam Locomotives that will run during our Mixed Traffic days will be announced via our social media channels.

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.