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Despite the continued hot weather and steam bans elsewhere, the KWVR continues to operate steam hauled services and this weekend sees 75078 at the head of the main service train, assisted in the rear by 20 031. 43924 will be at the head of the Vintage Train on Sunday and the 'Ivatt' tank 41241 hauls its first service trains since overhaul Monday - Friday.
The 50th Anniversary Gala has been a huge success but now we return to our 'normal' operation with our 4 train weekday service which this week will be hauled by 43924
50 years in the making, the re-opened Keighley and Worth Valley Railway is only 1 week away from being 50 years old. To celebrate this momentous occasion we have in store the most ambitious Gala ever held on the Railway when no less than EIGHTEEN different steam and diesel locomotives will operate passenger services over the Oxenhope branch from Keighley over the 8days from the 24th June to the 1st July
It is a mixture of locomotives in action over the weekend with the steam locomotives in the shape of 75078 and 45212, which arrives on Tuesday, and mainline diesel locomotive 50 035 'Ark Royal' which arrived on the KWVR this week.
The Food & Drink Festival takes place this weekend with a two train service on both days. Steam locomotives 5820 and 75078 and diesel 25 059 will head the services over the weekend with 75078 continuing with the weekday service.
7 day running starts this weekend with 43924 operating Saturday and Sunday services. 5820 will power the second train on Sunday and will continue on the weekday service.
Class 25 diesel 25 059 will be hauling the second Diesel & Ale train of the year on Saturday with 75078 on duty Saturday – Bank Holiday Monday and 43924 joining in Sunday and Monday and continuing throughout the rest of the half-term week. The Vintage tour bus has its first outing of 2018, Tuesday - Friday.
A further 3 locomotives have been announced to take part in the 50th Anniversary Gala celebration - two steam locomotives, 45212 and 34092 'City of Wells' and one diesel, Class 50, 50 035 'Ark Royal'
This weekend is the annual Haworth 1940s Weekend when the area is transported back in time. To ensure that visitors are ferried along the Valley with minimum delay, 3 steam locomotives and one mainline diesel will be in operation throughout both days of the vent - almost a mini-gala. Locomotives this weekend are, steam 5820, 75078 and 43924 and diesel 20 031.