Our Autumn Steam Spectacular will return for 2016 and we are delighted to welcome TWO guest locomotives to the Railway, Southern Region Rebuilt ‘Battle of Britain’ class 34053 ‘Sir Keith Park’, courtesy of the Severn Valley Railway and Southern Locomotives Limited and Great Western Manor Class 4-6-0 7822 ‘Foxcote Manor’ courtesy of the Foxcote Manor Society.
34053 ‘Sir Keith Park’
These locomotives were introduced in 1945 by the Southern Railway to a design by Oliver Bulleid. They were designed as a smaller version of the Merchant Navy Class. Their 18 ton axle loading and 8 foot 6 inch wide cabs enabled the class to be used almost anywhere on the Southern Region. They incorporated the same novel features as the Merchant Navy Class including an all-steel welded boiler, chain-driven valve-gear, inside motion enclosed in an oil bath and ‘air-smoothed’ casing and can be seen when 34092 ‘City of Wells’ is on the KWVR.
Following the conversion of some Merchant Navy locos the decision was taken to rebuild the Battle of Britain and West Country classes into more conventional locomotives. The approaching demise of Southern steam saw the rebuilding program halted at a point when 60 out of the 110 locos had been rebuilt. 34053 is one of the rebuilt members of the class and she returned to service in August 2012.
we are delighted to announce a second guest locomotive in the shape of Great Western Manor Class 4-6-0 7822 ‘Foxcote Manor’. After a number of setbacks in previous Galas, the KWVR is, at last, looking forward to putting on quite a show.
7822 ‘Foxcote Manor’
7822’s normal residency is on the Llangollen Railway in Central Wales and is the pride and joy of the Foxcote Manor Society to whom we are grateful for allowing us to showcase their locomotive over the 3 day Gala.
Locomotive No. 7822 “Foxcote Manor” is a Manor class locomotive, designed by Charles Collett of the Great Western Railway and built by British Railways at Swindon Works in 1950 to a design dating back to the late 1930s. These locomotives were designed with a relatively light axle loading to replace life expired types at work on the inclines of Wales. Like many locomotives, at the end of steam, 7822 was sent to Woodham’s scrapyard in Barry, South Wales. However in 1972, like many of its stablemates at Barry, a Society was formed to save her for a future in British preservation.
After nearly 18 months without road access to the Railway we are looking forward to seeing the locos run at the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway.
Please keep returning to this page for details of possible further visiting locomotives.
In addition to the visiting locomotives the KWVR ‘home fleet’ will be in action
• BR Standard 4MT 4-6-0 75078
• WD 2-8-0 90733
• Midland 4F 0-6-0 43924
• USATC S160 2-8-0 “Big Jim” No.5820
• LNWR 0-6-2 ‘Coal Tank’ 1054 (Courtesy of Bahamas Loco society)
• Taff Vale Railway O2 0-6-2T 85
• Hudswell Clarke 0-6-0T 1704 ‘Nunlow (Courtesy of Bahamas Loco society)
• Grafton Steam Crane will be in steam and operating in Oakworth Yard
… as well as a range of different coaching stock and goods vehicles.
The Steam Spectacular provides a special atmosphere compared to the usual day to day life of the KWVR. We will re-create the hustle and bustle of a busy Steam Railway, with local services to and from Ingrow West, mixing with goods trains and express services, on which you can ride the length of the line without stopping.
Throughout the weekend our two main coaching sets will each convey a real-ale bar car. In addition coaches from the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Trust and Vintage Carriages Trust will also be in operation at on occasional services.
On Sunday Mary and Ann, our two K class Pullmans built in 1930 as a pair for the Southern Railway Bournemouth Bell service will be in use. A supplement for travel is required for these vehicles at £5 each. Throughout the morning the supplement entitles you to complimentary ‘Coffee & Croissant’ and during the afternoon a traditional ‘English Cream Tea’ – it’s well worth a fiver!
The public passenger timetables have now been released and can be viewed on the Times & Fares page in the main menu. In addition to the passenger trains there will also be demonstration goods trains on each day and the times for these together with the light engine movements can be downloaded on our Working Timetable PDF.
2 Day Rover
3 Day Rover
Afternoon Day Rover
Valid after 15.00 Friday or Saturday and 14.00 Sunday for those visitors who can only spend a few hours at the Gala.
Don’t forget that your Rover tickets allow entry into both museums at RAIL STORY, Ingrow, Museum of Rail Travel and Ingrow Loco.
Come along and visit and you won’t be disappointed, whether you are an enthusiast or a young person just starting their adventure of steam we can promise you will have a day to remember.
LNER Crafton Crane Demonstrations
On Saturday and Sunday the husband and wife team of Keith & Margaret Bonner will be firing up the Grafton steam crane and giving demonstrations in Oakworth yard. Times of these demonstrations:
Guided tours of the Haworth Locomotive Works
Once again we will be running our popular guided tours of the Locomotive sheds at Haworth. The tours are organised to raise funds to restore the Ivatt 2-6-2T 41241 and although the tours are free, we do ask our guests to consider making a Gift Aided donation, usually in the region of £5 to the KWVR Charity (no 1136853).
Tour times will connect with trains from Keighley arriving at Haworth where you will meet your guide at Haworth Station for your 45/60 minute tour.
Inside the shed you will see Standard 2 78022, Ivatt 41241 and Lancashire and Yorkshire ‘Ironclad’ 0-6-0 no. 957, The Green Dragon in the film The Railway Children, undergoing restoration and investigation – and maybe more.
The tour involves walking on uneven and slippery surfaces, and includes steps. For this reason, it is not suitable for those with mobility problems. Regretfully open toed shoes are not permitted. Tours are limited to 16 persons. Access to the sheds is only permitted for authorised groups who must remain together at all times. Please be aware that because this is both a hazardous and a working environment, tours may have to be curtailed or cancelled without notice. Children under 16, therefore, MUST be accompanied by a responsible adult.
We appreciate that Galas give enthusiasts an excellent opportunity to photograph a superb mix of locomotives and trains, not normally available on normal running days. In the interests of safety we would like to remind everyone wishing to take photographs at the lineside from within KWVR boundaries MUST be in possession of an up-to-date MEMBERSHIP card, a valid PHOTOGRAPHY PERMIT and a HI-VISIBILITY vest or jacket.
Members of the KWVR staff will be on hand on each day of the event to ensure that everyone has these 3 items. Anyone not in possession of these items will be politely requested to vacate the Railway’s lineside locations, as attendance under these circumstances, constitutes trespass on private property.
Restrictions. Keighley – Please note that access to the lineside is via platform 3 only. Photographers are not permitted to access the lineside via platform 4 as there is a specific risk of injury due to the limited clearance on the bridge immediately at the end of platform 4.
Haworth Yard – Due to the large number of movements, Haworth Yard and Motive Power Depot are completely out of bounds for the duration the of the Gala.
Lineside etiquette. Every photographer wants that perfect shot and will take up any position, however uncomfortable, in order to take it. On behalf of all photographers, can we request that before taking up your favoured position, you ensure that you are not in the direct line of sight of other photographers who may have taken up position before you.
Neighbour’s property. The Railway relies heavily on the goodwill of our neighbours. If taking up a position outside the Railway’s property, please respect our neighbours and ensure that gates are shut and the location is left in the presentable state you found it.
Submission of Photographs
With the introduction of the new website, 1 year ago, the Railway, through the website itself and our on-line photo album, now has the opportunity to showcase the best of the photographs taken on and around the Railway. The railway therefore welcomes contributions from all photographers, from the highly experienced to the inexperienced, taken with the latest photographic kit with lenses that run into thousands to the point and shoot pocket camera.
It is not who takes the photograph or what it is taken with, but purely the look of the end result. We welcome contributions from everybody, so, if you think you have shots worthy of inclusion in KWVR on-line, please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org. Ideally images should be no more than 1800 pixels x 1200 pixels, file size 1M. All inclusions are duly credited and treated as copyright of the taker.