New to 2017, the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway’s first ever “Little Engines Gala” 7th – 9th July.
As we approach the celebration of 50 years operation as a preserved branchline in 2018, this event returns the railway to its early days as we celebrate all things small.
In the days before our larger locomotives dominated the scene, the Worth Valley Railway relied on industrial steam locomotives. This gala will be a glimpse into the early preservation years with full line passenger trains and shuttles. With a variety of steam and diesel locomotives being used throughout 3 days of action, it is certainly going to be an fantastic weekend.
The railway have announced 2 visiting locomotives, both with connections to the Railway but in diverse ways.
The first to be announced was ‘Austerity’ 0-6-0ST 71515 ‘Mech Navvies Ltd’ from the Pontypool and Blaenavon Railway, a type of engine that featured in the early days of the KWVR with two examples of the class operational during the early years. More information about this locomotive can be found HERE >>>
Our second visiting locomotive is London & South Western Railway ‘Beattie well tank’ 2-4-0WT 30587 courtesy of the Bodmin & Wenford Railway. Similar locomotives, but designed and owned by the Midland Railway, operated the branch in the very first years that the Railway was open in the nineteenth century. More information about this locomotive can be found HERE >>>
The home fleet will consist of:
Taff Vale Railway 0-6-2T No. 85
London & North Western Railway 0-6-2T ‘Coal Tank’ No.1054 (courtesy of the Bahamas locomotive society)
Hudswell Clarke 0-6-0T no. 1704 ‘Nunlow’ (courtesy of the Bahamas locomotive society)
And rare passenger workings of our smaller diesel fleet including:
BR Class 08 0-6-0 No. 08 993 “Ashburnham”
BR Class 08 0-6-0 No. 08 266
BR Hudswell Clarke 0-6-0 No. D2511
Mersey Docks and Harbour Board 0-6-0 No. D32
Prototype English Electric 0-6-0 No. D0226 ‘Vulcan’
Some highlights include a pairing of both visiting engines on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
- A rare full line trip with D32 (0815 departure from Keighley on Saturday) with shuttles using both D32 and D2511
- Two full trips with 08 993 and 08 266 on Saturday morning
- 71515 running into the evening on Saturday night with departures from Keighley at 18.00 and 20.00 (with on train bar!)
- And Nunlow running solo all day on Sunday
The public timetables are available on the Times & Fares page of the website.
Adult : £20
Concession : £18
Child : £10
Small Family (1 + 1) : £25
KWVR Members, please note member’s free concessionary tickets are not valid during the Gala. However all members will only pay the Concession fare.