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50 Years of Santa Steam Specials – Part 2, 1991 – 2015

Posted: 24 December 2016

The Santa Steam Special season has come to a close for another year and the Railway can look back with great pride at over 50 years of success and after 51 years, in 2016, we carried more excited families on this wonderful journey. This is our second photographic record, covering the years 1991 - 2015 and we look forward to carrying on this tradition for many years to come.

Locomotive Roster for 23rd & 24th December 2016

Posted: 20 December 2016

The last Santa Steam Specials of 2016 will be hauled by 5820 and 25 059 before our volunteers take a break on Christmas Day and then 75078 will be at the head of Mince Pie Specials from Boxing Day and into 2017.

41241 – Ivatt Appeal Update

Posted: 14 December 2016

Launching our 50th Anniversary Return to Steam Appeal for the lvatt tank locomotive, 41241, just over a year ago, we have made significant progress towards raising the overall £200,000 sum which we need to see the locomotive returned to steam by June 20l8 in time to then haul our special anniversary train. We are now launching our third stage of the Appeal.

Locomotive Roster for the Weekend 17th & 18th December 2016

Posted: 14 December 2016

The 4th weekend of our Santa Steam Specials will see 90733 at the head on the climb up the Valley and diesel 25 059 and the Keighley end. It is our annual Carol Service Train on Saturday evening when 90733 will once again be at its head.

Weekend travel on the KWVR 26th November – 24th December

Posted: 14 December 2016

As well as the Santa Steam Specials, the Railway is running a Heritage Diesel Railcar service which is free to all holders of Santa Steam Special tickets but, on the purchase of a ticket to travel, is also available for any visitors wishing to take a trip on the Railway.

50 Years of Santa Steam Specials – Part 1, 1965 – 1990

Posted: 14 December 2016

When a small 0-4-0 saddle trundled into Haworth Station with Father Christmas on board, no-one could have envisaged that 50 years on, the Santa Steam Special is the biggest event on the Railway's calendar, and has carried thousands of happy little children over those 50 years. This is our photographic record of the first 25 years with more to follow.

Locomotive Roster for Weekend 10th & 11th December 2016

Posted: 8 December 2016

The trains have been full to capacity and will be once again this weekend with steam haulage in the hands of 90733 both days with 25 059 providing the power downhill.

Annual Carol Service Train Recording

Posted: 28 December 2015

Every year the on the last Saturday before Christmas, the Railway runs its annual Carol Service train. This audio extract charts the passage of the train down the Valley bringing, carols, readings and goodwill to all the communities that surround our stations.

Services make a Triumphant return to ‘Normal’

Posted: 28 December 2015

Thanks to the heroics of our volunteers after the Haworth flooding, services re-commenced at 12.30 Sunday 27th and photographers were there to record the event.

Steam Trains Today, 27th December

Posted: 27 December 2015

Thanks to a truly remarkable effort by the emergency services and the trusty KWVR volunteers who never fail to deliver, the Railway is open for business. First train from Oxenhope 12.30

Flooding Update – 26th December 2015

Posted: 26 December 2015

There will be no trains until after 12.00 Sunday, 27th, with a decision being made on Sunday morning as to whether the infrastructure has sustained any damage preventing a passenger service running. Hopefully, once all the damage has been assessed a passenger service will operate later in the day.

Severe Flooding – No Trains Today, 26th December 2015

Posted: 26 December 2015

As a result of Bridgehouse Beck bursting its banks overnight, Haworth Station and Yard have suffered severe flooding and all passenger services today have been cancelled.

Locomotive Roster for the 24th & 26th December 2015 – 3rd January 2016

Posted: 21 December 2015

The last Santa Steam Special operates on Christmas Eve behind 75078 and then, with a break on Christmas Day, it's steam every day with the Mince Pie Specials using 75078 and 5820

Locomotive Roster for the Weekend 19th & 20th December 2015

Posted: 16 December 2015

Two steam and two diesel locomotives plus a diesel railcar will be in operation this weekend for the last of the Santa Steam Special weekends.

Oxenhope Flushed with Success

Posted: 12 December 2015

Oxenhope toilet block receive a Highly Commended in The Stagecoach Volunteers Award competition

Ivatt 41241 Sponsorship Packages

Posted: 10 December 2015

Chose which Sponsorship package suits you and your pocket - bronze, silver or gold - and become an Official Ivatt Appeal Supporter with a regular monthly payment or lump sum. Help us get 41241 back on the tracks in time for the 50th Anniversary celebrations

Locomotive Roster for the Weekend 12th & 13th December 2015

Posted: 10 December 2015

75078 and 90733 will provide the power for the Santa Steam Specials this weekend in what could be another mixed weather weekend with even the possibility of snow being forecast.

2016 Winter Steam Gala Update

Posted: 10 December 2015

It has been announced that the NELPG's LNER K1 2-6-0 62005, a regular performer on The Jacobite service from Fort William to Mallaig will be the first 'outsider' guest locomotive at a KWVR gala for over a year, when it takes part in the 2016 Winter Steam Gala.

Santa Steam Special Tickets Available

Posted: 3 December 2015

Tickets now available for weekends 5th & 6th and 12th & 13th on our Santa Steam Specials

Locomotive Roster for the Weekend 5th & 6th December 2015

Posted: 2 December 2015

Traction for this weekend will be 75078 / 37 075 and 90733 / 20 031 for the second weekend of the 2016 Santa Steam Specials