With the announcement that England has been placed into lockdown, all passenger services are suspended for the foreseeable future. Look out on the website and social media for further updates
Temporary suspension of passenger services
We were very proud of all our efforts that meant that we were able to run a COVID-secure service during December, making full use of the fleet of compartment stock on the Railway, including our own ‘suburban’ Mark 1s as well as vehicles from the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Trust and the Vintage Carriages Trust.
However, with the country now in lockdown and the Government now restricting all but essential travel, services on the KWVR are suspended but we hope to recommence operations in time for the February half term if restrictions are lifted to allow us to do so.
Sadly, we understand that this means that we join other heritage railways in suspending operations for the third time in recent months, but the safety and well being of our volunteers and passengers will always come first.
We thank you for your understanding and for all your support.
The Keighley & Worth Valley Railway
2021 has started and we find ourselves still in the grip of COVID-19. Plans for family, dining and enthusiast events in 2021 continue to be developed but with so much uncertainty our confirmed programme stretches to just two events that you can see below. We are keeping the year under constant review and will announce future events as and when they are finalised and we are confident that they will take place. Keep a lookout on the website and Social Media.
‘Worth Saving’ – once again we are asking for your help
All seemed set fair on the 19th August when we re-introduced our steam hauled passenger services. But on October 30th, everything came to a halt, all services were cancelled, shop and cafe’s closed, we even lost the first weekend of our revamped Christmas service, ‘The Elf Express’. The revenue we had planned to generate during November disintegrated in the blink of an eye.
‘The Elf Express’ hailed the return of steam to the Worth Valley on the 5th December and completed the Santa season without further hiccough followed by our traditional Mince Pie Specials from Boxing Day to the 3rd January. And then, as we all know, the country was locked down once again.
With no income anticipated to at least the end of February, we once again, with everyone feeling the strain from the pandemic, asking you, our loyal supporters, to dig deep again and contribute to the ‘Worth Saving’ Appeal which has remained open throughout the ‘Back in Steam’ programme.
In the meantime, if you can help, in whatever way you are able, to cover the gap in our income, it will be received with great gratitude from everyone here on the KWVR. THANK YOU!.
As night falls over the Elf Express
The ‘Elf Express’ heads up the Valley, 5th December 2020
Thank you to Simon Roberts of Steaming Around Yorkshire videos.