41241 on the KWVR

On the 29th June 1968, Ivatt 2-6-2T 41241 and USA 0-6-0T 72 (30072), both in striking ‘in-house’ liveries, hauled the very first public passenger service on the re-opened Keighley & Worth Valley Railway. It follows, therefore, that 2018 will mark the 50th Anniversary of that momentous occasion and the Railway intends to mark the occasion with the return to active service of 41241 in time to celebrate the event in June 2018.

No 41241 arrived at Keighley under its own power in 1967 in good running order, having been in storage at Skipton shed since its earlier withdrawal from service. It is perhaps the most typical original branch line engine on the KWVR, making it ideal motive power for the railway.

29th June 1968

When the engine arrived on the Worth Valley it was painted maroon and, along with USA Tank No. 30072, double-headed the “Re-opening Special” on 29th June 1968. Resplendent in its distinctive red livery, 41241 wrote itself into Worth Valley folklore on the Re-opening Special

Crowds gather at Keighley to witness the start of anew era for the Worth Valley branch.
41241 & 72 (30072) get the Opening Special on its way.

Into their stride and the two locomotives power towards Ingrow.

First round trip almost complete, the pair coast past Great Northern Junction.

Early days in KWVR Service

41241 became a regular sight over the coming months and years, carrying the same in-house red livery. In the early ’70s 41241 was a stalwart performer culminating in 1975 with its last mainline run, from Keighley to Shildon, Co. Durham for Stockton and Darlington 125 celebrations. Click on each image to view the full photograph.

Only a few weeks after re-opening, the Ivatt is now earning its keep.
Its the early ’70s and the locomotive gets top grip on the climb out of Keighley.
As Autumn descends on the Worth Valley, 41241 coasts downhill on Oxenhope Straight
Possibly 41241’s greatest claim to fame. With KWVR coaching stock in tow, the locomotive tackles Marsh Lane Cutting as it leaves Leeds bound for Shildon and the Stockton & Darlington Railway 125 celebrations.

Back in Black

As railway preservation matured the move towards authenticity increased pressure on the Railway and Ivatt 2-6-2T 41241, built by British Railways gained its authentic BR lined black livery when it returned to service in September 1980 after overhaul.

With 4 coaches behind , 41241 pulls into Damems Junction.
A scene to be repeated, celebrating 40 years since opening 41241 pulls into a suitably decorated Oakworth.
2007 Winter Gala, with the mill still standing in the background, 41241 leaves Ingrow behind.
A classic locomotive at a classic Worth Valley location.

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