Our Spring Gala is returning for 2019, Friday 8th March – Sunday 10th March. Following the huge success of the 2018 Spring Gala, when the Railway played host to 2 visiting locomotives, National Collection, ‘Britannia’ 7MT 4-6-2 70013 ‘Oliver Cromwell’ from the Great Central Railway and from the West Somerset Railway, SDJR 2-8-0 53808, we will once again be hosting visiting locomotives plus newcomers from closer to home.
The Spring Gala will mark the first gala appearance since overhaul of 2 Worth Valley based locomotives. Courtesy of the Bahamas Locomotive Society, LMS ‘Jubilee’ Class 4-6-0 45596 ‘Bahamas’ will be making its first appearance on heritage railway services (it will have been in action from Oxenhope to Carlisle in February on a mainline charter) since returning after its thorough overall at Tyseley and Standard 4 Locomotive Society’s BR Class 2 2-6-0 78022 will be marking its gala debut after restoration to running condition.
We are also delighted to announce that LMS Class 2 2-6-0 No.46521 will be attending the KWVR 2019 Spring Steam Gala! Our thanks go to Loughborough Standards Locomotive Group and Great Central Railway.
Bahamas Locomotive Society, LMS ‘Jubilee’ Class 4-6-0 45596 ‘Bahamas’
Built in 1934 for the LMS as 5596, ‘Bahamas, was the first of the four Jubilees of the class to be preserved, being purchased by the Bahamas Locomotive Society (BLS), as BR no. 45596, in 1967. Following its most extensive overhaul since 1961, 45596 is returning to the BLS base at Ingrow in the Worth Valley to occasionally work service trains on the branch and operate on the mainline once again. This will be ‘Bahamas’ first gala for many years.
See below for more information about 45596.
Standard 4 Locomotive Society, BR Class 2 2-6-0 78022
Built to a BR standard design 78022 was delivered new from Darlington in 1954 and withdrawn in 1967 from Lostock Hall (Preston), finding its way to Woodham Bros. as scrap. Bought by the Standard 4 Locomotive Society in 1975 the engine arrived on the KWVR in 1975. Restoration of 78022 was completed in 1993 and the locomotive retired for public exhibition at Oxenhope in 2003, remaining there until its 2nd overhaul commenced, completed in November 2018. This gala marks its first gala appearance since 2000.
For more information on 78022, click HERE.
Loughborough Standards Locomotive Group, LMS Class 2 2-6-0 No.46521
The locomotive was built at Swindon and completed on 19th February, 1953 at a cost of £13,756 and was initially allocated to Owestry. It spent almost its entire working life in Wales, but was transferred the the London Midland Region for maintenance on 7th July, 1962. She subsequently had Heavy Maintenace repairs at Crewe between 30th April and 1st June, 1963 probably because the locomotive was earmarked for Royal Train duties in August 1963, when the Queen visited North Wales for three days. Its duties were positioning moves and overnight steam heating of the Royal Train stock.
Find out more here.
In addition the final line up will be selected from the following KWVR ‘home fleet’:
- BR Ivatt 2MT 2-6-2T 41241
- USATC S160 2-8-0 “Big Jim” No.5820
- LNWR 0-6-2 ‘Coal Tank’ 1054 (Courtesy of Bahamas Loco society)
- Grafton Steam Crane will be in steam and operating in Oakworth Yard
- LMS ‘Black 5’ Class 5MT 4-6-0 45212
- Midland Railway 0-6-0 4F 43924
The event will feature an intensive passenger service featuring a variety of our coaching stock including:
- BR Mark 1 open coaches
- BR Mark 1 suburban coaches
- L&Y vintage carriages, including the ‘gentleman’s club carriage’ and other prestige vehicles
- Demonstration freight train
- Real ale bar on board
- Double Heading
- Behind the scenes tours
- Trade Stands
Public and working timetables will be released approximately four weeks prior to the event. Keep an eye out on the KWVR website and Social Media.
The locomotive line up is subject to alteration at any time and whilst every effort will made to ensure that the advised motive power is available, the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway reserve the right to change this when operational circumstances so dictate.
Tickets will be available to purchase on the day from booking offices. For the first time, you can now book your tickets for the Spring Gala in advance. Advance discount no longer applies (advance ticket discount only applies to tickets purchased more than 7 days in advance).
Small Family (Adult + 1 Child): £28
Member / Local Adult: £22
Member Concession / Local Concession: £19
Member Child / Local Child: £11.50
2 Day Rover:
Member / Local Adult: £38
Member Concession / Local Concession: £34
Member Child / Local Child: £20
3 Day Rover
Member / Local Adult: £52.50
Member Concession / Local Concession: £46
Member Child / Local Child: £27.50
Don’t forget that your Rover tickets allow entry into both museums at RAIL STORY, Ingrow where the Museum of Rail Travel and Ingrow Loco can be found
Steam Gala Timetables
Click here to view the working Spring Steam Gala timetable.
Click here to view the general public timetable for the Spring Steam Gala (Friday 8th – Sunday 10th March)
Bahamas Locomotive Society, LMS ‘Jubilee’ Class 4-6-0 45596 ‘Bahamas’
Designed by William Stanier, chief mechanical engineer of the London Midland & Scottish Railway (LMS), 5596 was constructed for the LMS in 1934 by the North British Locomotive Company in Glasgow. In June 1936, 5596 received the name ‘Bahamas’ after the islands in the Atlantic Ocean which were part of the British Empire.
Following the nationalisation of Britain’s railway companies, in January 1948, ‘Bahamas’, was renumbered to 45596, and transferred to Edge Hill, Liverpool
The Bahamas Locomotive Society was formed in 1967 with the aim of purchasing and maintaining in working order the former ‘Bahamas’ and became proud owners of the locomotive following its withdrawal from service at Stockport Edgeley Motive Power Depot.
Initially, a working museum was established at the Dinting Railway Centre in Derbyshire and the locomotive was given its first overhaul in preservation by the Hunslet Engine Company in Leeds which completed in March 1968. During this first overhaul it was repainted in LMS crimson lake livery and numbered 5596. In this guise ‘Bahamas’ was selected by BR to be one of the few locomotives chosen to haul a series of embryonic ‘Return to Steam’ excursions, the forerunner of the steam excursions we see today.
On withdrawal, the Society members completed a second overhaul during August 1988 but this time restored it authentically in British Railways Brunswick Green livery with its BR number, 45596.
Following closure of the Dinting site, BLS moved to Ingow on the KWVR in 1991, refurbishing the Midland Railway goods shed as an exhibition centre and workshop. In 1994 ‘Bahamas’ mainline certification expired and after operating on the KWVR and other preserved lines, retired to Oxenhope Shed in 1997. After 15 years in store ‘Bahamas’ left Oxenhope in May 2012 for display at the NRM before leaving for Tyseley Locomotive Works in Birmingham in 2013 for its latest return to mainline service.
Loughborough Standards Locomotive Group, LMS Class 2 2-6-0 No. 46521
For more detailed information about 46521 click here.