Steam Gala Returns!
The Steam Gala returns in 2022 over the second weekend in March, the 11th to 13th.
You’ll be able to ride behind our guest locomotives and our home fleet across the three days, with intensive passenger service running on the railway. Across the traction-packed weekend, there’ll be a goods train demonstration and special double-headed trains.
Tickets & Information
Tickets & Fares
The best ticket for your visit will be our Three Day Rover, as this gives you all-day travel across the gala weekend, as well as entry into the Museums at Ingrow West. 1 and 2 Day tickets will also be available.
Return tickets will be available for the full length of the line.
10% Discount online if purchased 3 or more days in advance.
|ROVER||All 3 Days||Any 2 Days||1 Day|
|Child (5 – 15)||£38.50||£27.00||£15.00|
|Small Family (1 Adult & 1 Child)||£96.00||£67.50||£37.50|
|Member or Local Resident Card Adult||£61.00||£43.00||£24.00|
|Member or Local Resident Card Concession||£52.00||£36.00||£20.00|
|Member or Local Resident Card Child||£30.00||£27.00||£12.00|
|FULL RETURN TRIP|
|Child (5 – 15)||£7.50|
|Member or Local Resident Card Adult||£12.00|
|Member or Local Resident Card Concession||£10.80|
|Member or Local Resident Card Child||£6.00|
Tickets can be purchased from the booking office at any station on the day of travel as well.
Please note this gala will not have reserved seating whether you buy online or on the day (exception of coach parties). All customers will need to choose their seat once they have boarded the train, or speak to staff if you have any queries.
- Members Free tickets are withdrawn.
- Heritage Railway Association passes and free travel for reciprocal organisations cannot be used as normal – Member priced tickets are charged.
- 10% Discount online if purchased 3 or more days in advance.
- Local Residents Railcards discount is amended – the member price is charged.
- Break of Journey on Single / Return tickets is not permitted, except that Full Line Return ticket holders may break their journey at Haworth only.
- Carer / Wheelchair user discounts are available as normal.
- Other promotions/discounts are not available.
- Complimentary ticket vouchers are not valid unless they are printed as being issued for the gala itself.
Steam Gala Passenger timetables.
Across the Gala weekend, you will be able to encounter the excitement and nostalgia of the Locomotive works, with its exclusive sounds and smells, get up close to our fleet of Steam and Diesel locomotives with knowledgeable commentary from your experienced guide.
The tour involves walking on uneven and slippery surfaces and includes steps. For this reason, it is not suitable for those with mobility problems. Regretfully open-toed shoes are not permitted. Tours are limited to 8 persons. Access to the sheds is only permitted for authorised groups who must remain together at all times.
Please be aware that because this is both a hazardous and a working environment and children under 16, therefore, MUST be accompanied by a responsible adult. Due to yard restrictions and operating requirements tours may have to be curtailed or cancelled without notice.
There is no charge, but we ask guests to consider donating to the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway.
You can book on to a tour at any of the Stations over the Gala Weekend, times are as below.
Friday 11th March:
0940, 1030, 1120, 1210, 1305, 1415, 1505
Saturday 12th March:
0940, 1040, 1125, 1215, 1315, 1415, 1505
Sunday 13th March:
0900, 1030, 1120, 1210, 1305, 1415, 1455
Tours will depart from in front of Haworth Station.
Locomotive Allocations & Working Timetable
Book your tickets online
Two guest locomotives are planned to visit the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway over the Steam Gala Weekend.
GWR Pannier 7714
A Collett 5700 class GWR pannier tank, 7714 is currently owned by the SVR Pannier Tank Fund. The 5700 class was designed by Charles Collett for the GWR in the late 1920s to replace an ageing fleet of Victorian engines. Collett’s versatile design was highly successful, and more 5700 pannier tanks were built than any other GWR engine; 863 locomotives were out-shopped between 1929 and 1950, of which only 16 survive. Designed primarily for light goods and shunting duties, they proved themselves as all-rounders and found use on both freight and passenger services. After nationalisation, British Railways’ Western Region rated the class as 4F, although elsewhere the class was rated 3F.
The sheer number of these pannier tanks built meant that the GWR’s Swindon works alone could not out-shop them all. Two hundred and fifty 5700 class locomotives were built by outside contractors, including 7714, which was built by Kerr Stuart in Stoke-on-Trent. The rivets visible on the water tanks are a sign of their non-Swindon origin.
7714 was one of the earliest class 5700s, out-shopped in 1930. A two-cylinder 0-6-0PT, 7714 is just over 31ft in length. Compared to the other GWR engines working at the SVR, 7114 has a much smaller grate of 15sq ft, as well as a slightly lower working boiler pressure, operating at a maximum of 200psi.
The last time 7714 joined us for our 50th Anniversary Gala, she masquerades as our own 5775 for most of the weekend. This time she will run as 7714 for the Steam Gala Weekend!
Visiting Pannier Tank 7714 courtesy of Severn Valley Railway & the SVR Pannier Tank Trust.
LMS Class Royal Scot No.46100
Royal Scot was the first in a new breed of steam locomotives. With boiler plans borrowed from the Southern Railway, the LMS sought to create a powerful and fast engine, capable of hauling heavy trains over the steep gradients found on the West Coast Route. The Royal Scot class was the end result and was used on the LMS’ fastest passenger services from London to Birmingham, Manchester and Glasgow.
In 1933 the locomotive was selected to travel to the United States for the Century of Progress Exposition. In order to send a newer engine, the L.M.S. swapped Royal Scot’s identity with the 52nd member of the class The King’s Dragoon Guardsman, built-in 1930. Complete with a set of carriages, the ‘new’ Royal Scot travelled to the USA and was displayed in Chicago from May to November 1933. Following this, she journeyed across the USA and Canada and even crossed the Rocky Mountains.
Royal Scot was renumbered 46100 from her original 6100 by British Railways following the nationalisation of the railways in 1948. She, along with other members of the class, was rebuilt by British Railways in 1950 with a new tapered design boiler. She went on to serve another 12 years in traffic on the West Coast Main Line before being retired from service in Nottingham in October 1962.
While Royal Scot briefly returned to steam at Bressingham Steam Museum from 1972 to 1978 and again in 2009, she has spent most of her years since retirement as a static exhibit, most notably at the Butlins holiday camp in Skegness after she was purchased from British Railways by Billy Butlin. It was not until September 2015 that Royal Scot truly returned to steam after a six-year overhaul at LNWR Heritage. Following testing in late 2015 she made her triumphant mainline return in February 2016 on a journey from Crewe to Holyhead.
Loco appearing courtesy of Royal Scot Locomotive & General Trust and Locomotive Services Group
Home Fleet Engines
Our home fleet of steam locomotives will run across the weekend, with the addition of the Bahamas Locomotive Society locos too.
On the Friday & Saturday of the Steam Gala, our 10 ton Grafton Permanent Way Crane No. 2511, will be in steam with free lifting demonstrations at Oakworth Yard, pop along and see Keith & Margret in their element!
*Subject to availability*
London Midland & Scottish Railway 5XP ‘Jubilee’ Class 4-6-0 No.45596 ‘Bahamas
As steam was drawing to a close, British Railways made one last attempt to improve its steam fleet. In 1961 ‘Bahamas’ was chosen by BR for its very last experiment, the culmination of steam power development started with ‘Rocket’ in the 19th century.
Rather than being sent for scrap however, the loco remained at the back of the shed until purchased by the Stockport (Bahamas) Locomotive Society in mid 1967. The engine then moved to the Hunslet Engine Company in Leeds for overhaul and was restored to service in LMS Crimson Lake Livery.
When steam was allowed back onto the mainline by British Rail, ‘Bahamas’ was one of the selected few engines to grace the new steam scene and between 1972 and 1994 operated many railtours across the national network. Retired from mainline duty the engine ran on preserved lines until its boiler certificate expired when the locomotive was committed to Oxenhope Exhibition shed as a static exhibit.
Work progressed to the point that on the 28th September 2018, a fully restored and resplendent 45596 steamed at Tyseley. Returning to Ingrow early in 2019, ‘Bahamas’ made its mainline debut on the 9th February hauling a sell-out commemorative special from Oxenhope to Carlisle, its first mainline outing since 1994. The feat was repeated a week later on the 16th February, their success raising hopes of future Oxenhope – Carlisle excursions, followed by participation in the Spring Steam Gala in March. On the 29th March 2019, a special rededication ceremony took place at Ingrow West to officially relaunch ‘Bahamas back into traffic. Later in the year ‘Bahamas’ was operating on the mainline around the Midlands.
Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Class 25 ‘Ironclad’ 0-6-0 No.52044
As 52044 this engine became subject to one of the earliest private locomotive purchase schemes established in the country and was one of the earliest arrivals on the nascent KWVR. It was bought outright initially by Mr Tony Cox and kept at Retford, Nottinghamshire. When Mr Cox became secretary of the nascent Keighley & Worth Valley Railway in the West Riding of Yorkshire, he brought the engine to the Worth Valley, arriving in March 1965, three years before opening. Affectionately known as ‘The Green Dragon’ in ‘The Railway Children’ film, 957 is being restored to working order at Haworth with the target of it being ready to take its place in the 51st-anniversary celebrations of The Railway Children in 2021.
The engine has a long list of film and television credits and is probably best known for its appearance in the 1970 feature film ‘The Railway Children’ when, in green livery, gained the unofficial name of the ‘Green Dragon’. The engine has also featured in BBC’s ‘Born and Bred’ and the remake of ‘The Hound of the Baskervilles’.
Having been the star of the show in 1970, it wasn’t long before its age took its toll and was taken out of traffic in 1975. It remained sidelined until a bequest came to the locomotive’s rescue. Now owned by the Bowers Trust, the locomotive returned to full working order in 2001 following an overhaul costing £150,000. On withdrawal at the expiration of its boiler certificate, 957 was put aside at Oxenhope in 2012. In 2016, the locomotive was moved to Haworth and overhauled in time for the 51st anniversary of The Railway Children in 2021.
The locomotive will be appearing at the Steam Gala, running in British Railways Black livery as 52044.
Taff Vale Railway Class 02 0-6-2T No. 85
Built for service in the Welsh Valleys north of Cardiff, no. 85 was deemed surplus to requirements at the time of the grouping in 1923 and was withdrawn by the Great Western Railway in 1927. In 1929, now numbered 426, it made the long journey north to the Durham coalfields where it remained in service, as NCB no. 52, until 1968.
Salvation came in 1970 when 85 was bought by the KWVR and brought to Haworth for a new life on passenger services.
British Railways Standard Class 2MT 2-6-0 No. 78022
Encouraged by the progress made with the rebuild of 75078, the Standard 4 Locomotive Society returned to Barry in 1975, purchasing 78022, a locomotive ideally suited to the Worth Valley branch. It was offloaded at Haworth on the 11th June 1975 and laid aside to await the day when restoration would begin, although it was to be another 18 years before this locomotive was restored to running order.
After laying untouched in Haworth Yard, 78022 was eventually the recipient of an extensive restoration from Barry condition which was completed in 1993, the locomotive proving popular with footplate crews, being capable of handling five coach services on off peak turns of duty.
Having languished at Oxenhope since withdrawal in 2003, 78022 came to the head of the overhaul queue in 2015, was moved to Haworth where stripping commenced to determine the extent of work required. That work has been thorough and this useful locomotive returned to service in November 2018 in a lined out BR green livery.
London Midland & Scottish designed Ivatt Class 2MT 2-6-2T No. 41241
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.
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.
41241 is now a regular member of the operating fleet and should be seen on the Railway until 2028 when the next overhaul will become due.