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.
As well as smaller locomotives from the home fleet, negotiations are currently under way for a visiting engine to be added to the list and this will be announced closer to the event. Updates will be published on the website and announced via our news blog and newsletter
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 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’