Cancellation of Diesel Gala

End of June Diesel Gala Cancelled

The Covid-19 pandemic continues to create difficulties for the Railway and accordingly the planned Diesel Gala, due to take place 26th – 28th June has been cancelled. Despite recent Government announcements there is still a high level of uncertainty regarding the re-opening of the leisure and tourism sector and we are unable to say when we will be able to re-open, and when we do, what restrictions may apply to the trains we can operate.
Because we are still waiting for further government advice and instruction regarding when and how we can re-open we are unable to firm up plans for future events.

We find ourselves in difficult times. Costs have been reduced as much as possible, but there are still fixed overheads and contracts that we cannot avoid. As you are probably already aware we have launched a fundraising appeal, ‘Worth Saving’, to ensure the railway can continue to be enjoyed in the future. Securing our future is of the utmost importance to all our volunteers, our local area and the local economy and, indeed, the Diesel enthusiasts.

With so much uncertainty in 2020, we are already planning our events for 2021 when, hopefully, we can offer a bigger and better experience, not just for a rescheduled Diesel Gala but for all the events we are looking forward to staging in 2021.

We are sorry for any disappointment but thank all our supporters and visitors , in advance, for your continued support, and look forward to welcoming you back to the Railway, hopefully in 2020, but, if not, 2021.

‘Worth Saving’ Appeal

We are a registered charity (Keighley & Worth Valley Railway Preservation Society, Charity Number 1136853) and at the moment have absolutely no ordinary income at all. We find ourselves in difficult times. Costs have been reduced as much as possible, but there are still fixed overheads and contracts that we cannot avoid. In addition once we reopen our ongoing investment, maintenance and restoration programmes may be affected by lower than normal income. The cancellation of these events, such as the Diesel Gala, will hit us hard.

We launched a fundraising appeal, ‘Worth Saving’, to ensure the railway can continue to be enjoyed in the future in the same way that countless visitors have enjoyed it over the last 50 years. Securing our future is of the utmost importance to all our volunteers, our local area and the local economy.

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