Our Winter Steam Gala is returning for 2017, Friday 3rd March – Sunday 5th March. With the bridge difficulties well and truly behind us and a successful Autumn Steam Spectacular in October including two guest locomotives, ‘Battle of Britain’ class 34053 ‘Sir Keith Park’ and Manor Class 7822 ‘Foxcote Manor’, we are delighted that once again we will be welcoming TWO visiting locomotives to the Railway – LNER B1 Class 4-6-0 61264, courtesy of the Thompson B1 Locomotive Trust, and LMS ‘Crab’ 2-6-0 13065, courtesy of the East Lancashire Railway.
LNER B1 Class 4-6-0 61264
Designed by Edward Thompson, Chief Mechanical Engineer of the London North Eastern Railway (LNER), the B1 class was a wartime utility mixed-traffic locomotive for general passenger and freight duties. 61264 was built at the Glasgow works of the North British Locomotive Company and entered traffic at Parkeston Quay, Harwich in 1947 as 1264 in LNER Apple Green livery. During 13 years in Suffolk, hauling express passenger trains to and from London Liverpool Street station.
Withdrawn in 1965 and after use as a stationary boiler, 61264 found itself in Barry scrapyard, the only ex-LNER engine to reside there, and one of only 2 B1s to survive. Purchased by the Thompson B1 Locomotive Trust in 1976. It was to be 21 years before the engine returned to action on the Great Central Railway.
Today the 61264’s home is on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway as a mainline certified engine and regularly works onto the national network to Whitby with occasional railtours across the UK. Thanks to its mainline credentials, 61264 will arrive via our connection with Network Rail at Keighley.
(The photograph below depicts 61264 approaching Mytholmes when it appeared at the 2003 Autumn Gala masquerading as long lost classmate 61244 ‘Strang Steel’.)
LMS Hughes ‘Crab’ 2-6-0 13065
Designed by George Hughes, Chief Mechanical Engineer these mixed traffic locomotives were the first purely LMS design to be introduced at the grouping, and built at the ex-L&YR works at Horwich and the ex-LNWR works at Crewe.
Having been built at Crewe, 13065 entered service in 1927 at Kentish Town shed in north west London resplendent in LMS crimson lake livery with its number carried on the tender. During the next 39 years it received the number 2765 by the LMS, becoming 42765 under BR and after being based at various sheds throughout the London Midland region was withdrawn from Birkenhead in December 1966.
Barry scrapyard beckoned and it was in 1978 that the locomotive was rescued and moved to Ingrow on the KWVR for restoration. This visit will therefore be somewhat of a home coming. Although some work was undertaken in the Worth Valley, 42765 moved to the East Lancashire Railway and was returned to traffic in 1994. After a second overhaul the engine was unveiled in 2014 in its original livery as 13065.
In addition to these visiting locomotives, for 1½ days, we will also have two “old” LMS ‘Black 5’ stalwarts, our own 45212 and 45407 from Ian Riley’s fleet at Bury.
Both 45407 & 45212 will operate full diagrams on Friday 3rd and a single round trip on Saturday morning, 4th, before setting off mainline at approx. 11.45 Saturday morning to take up their railtour duties on the ‘big’ railway.
Added to these 4, 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.
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!
Small Family (Adult + 1 Child: £30
Member / Local Adult: £21
Member Concession / Local Concession: £18.50
Member Child / Local Child: £11
2 Day Rover:
Member / Local Adult: £37.50
Member Concession / Local Concession: £33
Member Child / Local Child: £19.50
3 Day Rover
Member / Local Adult: £52.50
Member Concession / Local Concession: £46
Member Child / Local Child: £27.50
Don’t forget that your Rover tickets allow entry into both museums at RAIL STORY, Ingrow, Museum of Rail Travel and Ingrow Loco.
Full details will be released in due course – watch this space for all future developments.
Guided tours of the Haworth Locomotive Works
Once again we will be running our unique tour behind the scenes in our engine shed and workshop at Haworth, the tours being led by our experienced and knowledgeable volunteer tour guides,. 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.