Diesel Gala

The Return of the Diesels!

Many visitors won’t remember steam traction, so the Diesel Gala brings back memories of these heritage machines that worked right from the end of steam up until recent memory – and in some cases, continue to do so!

The event will take place from Thursday 20th to Sunday 23rd June.

GUEST LOCOMOTIVES

37250 Class 37

Class 37 locomotives were built by English Electric at Vulcan Foundry and Robert Stephenson at Hawthorns. Known as the English Electric Class 3, or ‘tractors’ to enthusiasts, they were ordered as part of the modernisation plan of British Rail, numbered in two series’ D6600-6608 and D6700-6999. 309 Class 37s were built between 1960 and 1965, with no prototype. The bodywork of Class 37s has large resemblances to Class 40s and Class 23s. Currently, 35 are preserved, 66 are still in service, one has been rebuilt as a class 23, and the rest have been scrapped.  

37 250 will debut its new EWS livery at The Diesel Gala. It was released from the English Electric Vulcan Foundry on 10 December 1964 as D6950.

37250 appears courtesy of Owners Vince & Guy Minto

D1015 Class 52

D1015 appears courtesy of the Diesel Traction Group/SVG

‘Western Champion’

Built at Swindon Works between 1961-1964, 74 Class 52 locomotives were produced for the Western Region of British Rail. 52s were given two-worded names, the first being ‘Western’; therefore, they were known as the ‘Wizzos and Thousands’. While they were under construction, proposals for names and liveries were prepared by the BR design panel. It was originally decided that the engines were to be named after places in the West of England, however they were named with general heraldic and regimental terms, prefixed with ‘Western’. The locos were withdrawn from service in 1977. Of the 74 built, seven survive through preservation. 
D1015 construction was completed in January 1963. It entered service in the unique golden ochre livery and was allocated to Cardiff in January 1965. Western Champion was rostered to haul Sir Winston Churchill’s funeral train, returning mourners from Hanborough station near Oxford to Paddington.
‘Western Champion’ successfully returned to the main line on February 23rd 2002, working Pathfinders’ ‘Western Pathfinder’ tour from Paddington to Gloucester via Bristol and returning to Paddington. It’s currently the only Western class 52 certified for main-line operation and was used on the first Western-hauled passenger train from Paddington for many years in April 2024!

50021 Class 50

English Electric built 50 class 50 diesel locomotives at the Vulcan Foundry in Newton-Le-Willows between 1967 and 1968. Prior to refurbishment, the class gained the nickname ‘Hoover’ due to the noise from the No.2 end clean air plant. The type-4 diesel locomotive has a gross power output of at least 2,500 hp. The class 50s were numbered D400-449 and later 50001-50050. 18 are currently preserved, the rest scrapped. 

Ex- BR Class 50 diesel locomotive 50021 ‘Rodney’ (aka Delboy or Dave) was withdrawn from services in 1989 and saved from scrap by purchase from Stratford Depot by the 500021 Locomotive Association. Its first preservation run was in 1992 at the G&WR before moving to Bo’ness Railway, where it suffered a serious ETH generator failure in 1999. Since then, it has been stored at Tyseley Depot in the West Midlands. In July 2014, the loco was sold to new owners and since then has been under restoration at Eastleigh Works.

‘Rodney’

50021 appears courtesy of Paul Spracklen and PTG Tours

GBRF 69009 Class 69

69009 appears courtesy of GB Railfreight

‘Western Consort’

Progress Rail converted Class 69 locomotives from Class 56 locomotives at their workshop in Longport. This development was to fulfil the needs of their operators, GB Railfreight (GBRf), which could not purchase additional Class 66s. The converted locomotives had a full overhaul, a redesigned cab, and a brand-new Diesel Engine.

When GBRf announced they would be rebuilt in 2019, the scheme consisted of replacement engines, newer electric control systems based on current class 66s, alterations to air intakes and exhausts, and modified external lighting to comply with standards. They are now numbered 69001-016 in various liveries.

50008 Class 50

English Electric built 50 class 50 diesel locomotives at the Vulcan Foundry in Newton-Le-Willows between 1967 and 1968. Prior to refurbishment, the class gained the nickname ‘Hoover’ due to the noise from the No.2 end clean air plant. The type-4 diesel locomotive has a gross power output of at least 2,500 hp. The class 50s were numbered D400-449 and later 50001-50050. 18 are currently preserved, the rest scrapped.  

50 008, previously numbered D408, is currently owned by Hanson & Hall Rail Solution, and returned to mainline duties in June 2021.

50008 ‘Thunderer’

50008 appears courtesy of Hanson & Hall Rail Solutions

D9520 Class 14

D9520 appears courtesy of D9520 Loco Group.

In January 1963, British Rail originally ordered 26 Class 14 locomotives to be built the following year at Swindon Works. The locos were anticipated for yard work, shunting and short-distance freight trains, so in mid-1963, the order total was upped to 56 before work began. Numbered from D9500-9555, the engines gained the nickname ‘Teddy Bear’ following a comment from shop foreman George Cole “We’ve built The Great Bear, now we’re going to build a Teddy Bear!”  Referring to the GWR steam locomotive also built at Swindon. 

D9520 was completed at Swindon Works on 11th November 1964 and initially allocated to Cardiff Canton. In January 1967, it was transferred to Hull with

other members of the Class for work in the Northeast region but were removed from BR service there in April 1968.

Purchased by Stewarts & Lloyds Minerals Ltd. the loco arrived, in company with D9523 at Glendon Quarries near Kettering on 16th December 1968, where it became No. 24 (Plant No. 8311/24) and was used to haul wagons of iron­stone from the quarries to the exchange sidings, from where BR then hauled the trains to Corby Iron and Steel Works.

TIMETABLES

You can preview the locomotive allocations and working timetables below. These will be available in a booklet on the day you collect your tickets. There is no need to print beforehand!

THE DIESEL GALA – THURSDAY 20TH JUNE
Locomotive(s) 37250
37075
D9520
D0226
D9520
D0226
37075 D2511 (50021)
37250
D0226 D9520
D2511
D0226 37250 D0226 37075  D0226 50021 D0226 37075 D9520 50021 D9520 D0226
D2511
37250 00000 50021 37250 50021
Trailing Locomotive 37075 50021 D9520 37250 37250
Attaching/Detaching Att 50021 37250 37075
Type LE ECS PASS GDS LE PASS GDS PASS GDS PASS GDS PASS GDS PASS GDS PASS GDS PASS GDS PASS PASS PASS PASS LE
Set RMB RMB GDS WCR GDS RMB GDS WCR GDS RMB GDS WCR GDS RMB GDS WCR GDS RMB WCR RMB WCR
Oxenhope d 7:50 8:35 9:15 10:20 11:10 12:05 13:00 13:50 14:40 15:40 16:35 17:35 18:30 19:20
Haw Loop a 7:10 Att50021 19:30
Haworth d 7:55 8:00 9:32 10:27 11:17 12:12 13:07 13:57 14:47 15:47 16:42 17:42 18:37
Oakworth d 8:04 9:36 10:31 11:21 12:16 13:11 14:01 14:51 15:51 16:46 17:46 18:41
Damems Jct d 7:25 8:08 8:46 9:40 10:35 11:25 12:20 13:15 14:05 14:55 15:55 16:50 17:50 18:45
Damems d 8:10 9:42 10:05 10:37 11:00 11:27 11:50 12:22 12:45 13:17 13:40 14:07 14:35 14:57 15:20 15:57 16:52 17:52 18:47
Ingrow West d 8:16 9:05 9:48 10:43 11:33 12:28 13:23 14:13 15:03 16:03 16:58 17:58 18:53
Keighley a 7:35 8:23 9:00 9:10 9:55 10:13 10:50 11:08 11:40 11:58 12:35 12:53 13:30 13:48 14:20 14:43 15:10 15:28 16:10 17:05 18:05 19:00
Platform: 4 3 3 4 4 3 4 3 4 3 4 3 4 3 4 3 4 3 4 4 4 4
THE DIESEL GALA – THURSDAY 20TH JUNE
Locomotive(s) D0226
D9520
00000 37075 37250 00000 D2511
D9520
37075 37250 50021 37075 D9520 50021 37250 37075 37250 50021 37250 D2511
D0226
37075 37250
(D9520)
50021 
D2511
D0226
(37075)
37250
50021 37250
69009
Trailing Locomotive D0226 D0226 D0226 D0226 D0226 D9520 D9520 D1015 
Attaching/Detaching DetD9520 Det37075
Type LE GDS PASS PASS GDS PASS GDS PASS GDS PASS GDS PASS GDS PASS GDS XP GDS PASS PASS LE PASS PASS LE
Set GDS WCR JUB GDS WCR GDS JUB GDS WCR GDS JUB GDS WCR GDS JUB GDS WCR JUB WCR JUB
Platform: 3 4 3 3 4 3 4 3 4 3 4 3 4 3 4 3 4 4 3 4 4 3
Keighley d 8:00 8:30 9:25 9:55 10:20 10:50 11:10 11:40 12:05 12:35 13:00 13:30 13:50 14:25 14:45 15:10 15:40 16:35 17:05 17:35 18:30 19:20
Ingrow West d 8:37 9:32 10:27 11:17 12:12 13:07 13:57 15:47 16:42 17:10 17:42 18:37
Damems d 8:41 9:36 10:03 10:31 10:58 11:21 11:48 12:16 12:43 13:11 13:38 14:01 14:33 15:18 15:51 16:46 17:46 18:41
Damems Jct d 8:10 8:46 9:41 10:36 11:26 12:21 13:16 14:06 14:54 15:56 16:51 17:51 18:46 19:30
Oakworth d 8:50 9:45 10:40 11:30 12:25 13:20 14:10 16:00 16:55 17:55 18:50
Haworth d 8:54 9:49 10:44 11:34 12:29 13:24 14:14 15:00 16:04 16:59 17:59 18:54
Haw Loop d 7:20 DetD9520 Det37075 19:40
Oxenhope a 7:30 8:20 9:00 9:55 10:50 11:45 12:35 13:30 14:20 15:10 16:09 17:10 18:10 19:00
THE DIESEL GALA – FRIDAY 21ST JUNE
Locomotive(s) 69009
37075
D9520
50021
50021 37075 D32 69009 D9520 (D1015)
50021
00000 (50008)
69009
D0226 D1015 D0226 69009 D32 37250 D9520 69009 D9520 D1015 00000 37075 D2511 37250 00000 37075 37250
(D1015)
37075 37250
Trailing Locomotive 37075 D9520 D9520 2 x 50 D9520 50021 50008 37250 Det2x50 DetD1015
Attaching/Detaching AttD1015 Att50008
Type LE ECS PASS GDS PASS PASS GDS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS GDS PASS GDS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS LE
Set JUB JUB GDS SUB WCR GDS JUB WCR SUB JUB SUB WCR SUB JUB GDS WCR GDS JUB WCR SUB JUB WCR JUB WCR
Oxenhope d 7:45 8:35 9:25 10:10 11:05 12:10 13:00 14:00 14:50 15:40 16:35 17:35 18:30 19:15 20:15 21:00
Haw Loop a 7:00 AttD1015 Att50008 Det2x50 Det D1015 21:10
Haworth d 7:50 8:00 9:32 10:27 11:22 12:17 13:07 14:07 14:57 15:47 16:52 17:42 18:37 19:32 20:22
Oakworth d 8:04 9:36 10:31 11:26 12:21 13:11 14:11 15:01 15:51 16:56 17:46 18:41 19:36 20:26
Damems Jct d 7:11 8:08 8:46 9:40 10:35 11:30 12:25 13:15 14:15 15:05 15:55 17:00 17:50 18:45 19:40 20:30
Damems d 8:10 9:42 10:05 10:37 11:32 11:56 12:27 12:55 13:17 13:41 14:17 14:40 15:07 15:30 15:57 17:02 17:52 18:47 19:42 20:32
Ingrow West d 8:16 9:10 9:48 10:43 11:38 12:00 12:33 13:00 13:23 13:45 14:23 15:13 16:03 17:08 17:05 17:58 18:53 19:48 20:38
Keighley a 7:20 8:23 9:00 9:15 9:55 10:13 10:50 11:50 12:05 12:40 13:30 13:50 14:30 14:48 15:20 15:38 16:10 17:15 17:10 18:05 19:00 19:55 20:45
Platform: 4 3 3 4 3 4 4 3 4 4 3 4 3 4 3 4 4 3 4 4 4 3
THE DIESEL GALA – FRIDAY 21ST JUNE
Locomotive(s) D9520
50021
00000 37075 69009 50021 37075 69009 D9520 D1015 D9520 2×50 D9520 (37250)
37075
D9520 50008 50021 D1015 37250 50021
50008
D32
D9520
37250 00000 37075 D2511 D1015 37075 37250 37075
Trailing Locomotive D9520 D32  D0226 69009 D0226 D32 69009 D9520 D9520 Det69009
37250
Attaching/Detaching Att37250
Type LE GDS PASS PASS GDS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS GDS PASS GDS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS LE
Set GDS WCR JUB GDS WCR SUB JUB SUB WCR SUB JUB SUB WCR GDS JUB GDS WCR SUB JUB WCR SUB JUB WCR JUB
Platform: 3 4 3 3 4 3 4 4 3 4 4 3 4 3 4 3 4 4 3 4 4 4 3
Keighley d 8:00 8:30 9:25 9:55 10:20 10:55 11:15 12:10 12:45 13:00 14:00 14:30 14:50 15:20 15:40 16:15 16:45 17:35 18:15 18:30 19:25 20:15 21:10
Ingrow West d 8:37 9:32 10:27 11:00 11:22 11:50 12:17 13:07 13:35 14:07 14:57 15:47 16:20 16:52 17:42 18:22 18:37 19:32 20:22
Damems d 8:41 9:36 10:03 10:31 11:26 11:55 12:21 12:53 13:11 13:39 14:11 14:38 15:01 15:28 15:51 16:56 17:46 18:41 19:36 20:26
Damems Jct d 8:10 8:46 9:41 10:36 11:31 12:26 13:16 14:16 15:06 15:56 17:01 17:51 18:46 19:41 20:31 21:22
Oakworth d 8:50 9:45 10:40 11:35 12:30 13:20 14:20 15:10 16:00 17:05 17:55 18:50 19:45 20:35
Haworth d 8:54 9:49 10:44 11:39 12:34 13:24 14:24 15:14 16:04 17:09 17:59 18:54 19:49 20:39
Haw Loop d 7:10 Att37250 Det69009 21:30
Oxenhope a 7:20 8:20 9:00 9:55 10:50 11:45 12:40 13:40 14:30 15:20 16:24 17:15 18:05 19:00 19:55 20:45
THE DIESEL GALA – SATURDAY 22ND JUNE
Locomotive(s) 50008
3725
0
37075 37075 37250 D0226 50008 D0226 37075 00000 (D1015)
50008
D2511 (50021)
(37075)
37250
D2511 50008 D2511 50021 D2511 D1015 D2511 37250 00000 69009 D0226 D1015 00000 50021 D1015 69009 D1015 69009 D1015
Trailing Locomotive 37250 D9520 D9520 D1015 D9520 D9520 (69009) 50021 D9520 (50021)  50021
Attaching/Detaching AttD1015 Det37075
Att50021
Att 69009 Det50021
Type LE ECS PASS GDS PASS PASS GDS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS GDS PASS GDS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS LE
Set JUB JUB GDS SUB WCR GDS JUB WCR SUB JUB SUB WCR SUB JUB GDS WCR GDS JUB WCR SUB JUB WCR JUB WCR JUB WCR
Oxenhope d 7:45 8:35 9:25 10:15 11:05 12:00 13:05 13:55 14:40 15:45 16:35 17:25 18:20 19:10 20:00 20:50 21:35 22:35
Haw Loop a 7:10 AttD1015 Det37075
Att50021
Att
69009
22:45
Haworth d 7:50 8:00 9:32 10:22 11:22 12:22 13:12 14:02 14:57 15:52 16:42 17:32 18:27 19:17 20:07 20:57 21:52
Oakworth d 8:04 9:36 10:26 11:26 12:26 13:16 14:06 15:01 15:56 16:46 17:36 18:31 19:21 20:11 21:01 21:56
Damems Jct d 7:21 8:08 8:46 9:40 10:30 11:30 12:30 13:20 14:14 15:05 16:00 16:50 17:40 18:35 19:25 20:15 21:05 22:00
Damems d 8:10 9:42 10:05 10:32 11:32 11:56 12:32 12:55 13:22 13:46 14:16 14:39 15:07 15:30 16:02 16:52 17:42 18:37 19:27 20:17 21:07 22:02
Ingrow West d 8:16 9:10 9:48 10:38 11:38 12:00 12:38 13:00 13:28 13:52 14:22 15:13 16:08 16:58 17:10 17:48 18:43 19:33 20:23 21:13 22:08
Keighley a 7:30 8:23 9:00 9:15 9:55 10:13 10:45 11:45 12:05 12:45 13:35 13:59 14:29 14:47 15:20 15:38 16:15 17:05 17:15 17:55 18:50 19:40 20:30 21:20 22:15
Platform: 4 3 3 4 3 4 4 3 4 4 3 4 3 4 3 4 4 3 4 4 4 4 4 4
THE DIESEL GALA – SATURDAY 22ND JUNE
Locomotive(s) 37075 00000 37250 50008 00000 37075 37250 50008 D0226 37250
37075
D9520 D1015 D9520 50021 D9520 D1015 D9520 37250 50021 69009 D9520
D2511
D1015 00000

(50008)
50021

D0226
D9520
D1015 69009 D1015 50021 D1015 00000
Trailing Locomotive D0226 D2511 50008 D2511 D2511 D2511 D2511 69009
Attaching/Detaching
Type LE GDS PASS PASS GDS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS XP GDS PASS GDS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS
Set GDS WCR JUB GDS WCR SUB JUB SUB WCR SUB JUB SUB WCR GDS JUB GDS WCR SUB JUB WCR SUB JUB WCR JUB WCR JUB
Platform: 3 4 3 4 3 4 4 3 4 4 3 4 3 4 3 4 4 3 4 4 4 4 4
Keighley d 8:00 8:30 9:25 9:55 10:15 11:00 11:15 12:15 12:50 13:05 14:05 14:29 14:50 15:20 15:45 16:25 16:35 17:25 18:00 18:20 19:10 20:00 20:50 21:45
Ingrow West  d 8:37 9:32 10:22 11:05 11:22 11:50 12:22 13:12 13:40 14:57 15:52 16:30 16:42 17:32 18:05 18:27 19:17 20:07 20:57 21:52
Damems d 8:41 9:36 10:03 10:26 11:26 11:55 12:26 12:58 13:16 13:44 14:37 15:01 15:28 15:56 16:46 17:36 18:31 19:21 20:11 21:01 21:56
Damems Jct d 8:10 8:46 9:41 10:31 11:31 12:31 13:21 14:13 15:06 16:01 16:51 17:41 18:36 19:26 20:16 21:06 22:01
Oakworth d 8:50 9:45 10:35 11:35 12:35 13:25 15:10 16:05 16:55 17:45 18:40 19:30 20:20 21:10 22:05
Haworth d 8:54 9:49 10:39 11:39 12:39 13:29 14:18 15:14 16:09 16:59 17:49 18:44 19:34 20:24 21:14 22:09
Haw Loop d 7:20 Det50008
Oxenhope a 7:30 8:20 9:00 9:55 10:45 11:45 12:45 13:35 14:24 15:20 16:15 17:05 18:00 18:50 19:40 20:30 21:20 22:15
THE DIESEL GALA – SUNDAY 23RD JUNE
Locomotive(s) 00000 00000 D32 37250 50021 69009 00000 37250 D32

(50008)
69009

D32 50021 D0226 50008 D0226 50021 00000 50008 D2511

(37075)
37250

00000 D1015 D0226  37075 00000 50008 D1015
Trailing Locomotive D32 D9520 D9520 (D1015)  37250 D1015 50021
Attaching/Detaching Att 5008 AttD1015 Att37075
Type ECS GDS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS GDS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS LE
Set SUB GDS JUB + SUB WCR JUB SUB WCR SUB JUB SUB WCR GDS JUB WCR SUB JUB WCR SUB JUB WCR
Oxenhope d 8:35 9:25 10:15 11:10 12:00 13:05 13:55 14:55 15:45 16:35 17:35 18:25 19:15 20:05
Haw Loop a Att50008 AttD1015 Att37075 20:15
Haworth d 9:32 10:22 11:17 12:17 13:22 14:12 15:02 15:52 16:52 17:42 18:32 19:22
Oakworth d 9:36 10:26 11:21 12:21 13:26 14:16 15:06 15:56 16:56 17:46 18:36 19:26
Damems Jct d 8:46 9:40 10:30 11:25 12:25 13:30 14:20 15:10 16:00 17:00 17:50 18:40 19:30
Damems d 9:42 10:32 11:27 11:51 12:27 12:55 13:32 14:22 14:45 15:12 16:02 17:02 17:52 18:42 19:32
Ingrow West d 8:15 9:48 10:38 11:33 11:55 12:33 13:00 13:38 13:50 14:28 15:18 16:08 16:20 17:08 17:58 18:10 18:48 19:38
Keighley a 8:20 9:00 9:55 10:45 11:40 12:00 12:40 13:45 13:55 14:35 14:53 15:25 16:15 16:25 17:15 18:05 18:10 18:55 19:45
Platform:     3 3 4 4 4 3 4 4 3 4 3 4 4 3 4 4 3 4 4
THE DIESEL GALA – SUNDAY 23RD JUNE
Locomotive(s) 00000 50021 37250 D32 69009 37250 D32 69009 D9520 50021 D9520 50008 00000 50021 37250 D1015 D0226
D9520
37250
50021
00000 D1015 D2511 37075 00000 50008 D2511 D1015 000000
Trailing Locomotive D32 D32 D0226 50008
Attaching/Detaching
Type GDS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS GDS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS PASS
Set GDS SUB WCR JUB SUB WCR SUB JUB SUB WCR JUB GDS WCR SUB JUB WCR SUB JUB WCR SUB JUB
Platform:       3 3 4 4 3 4 4 3 4 4 3 4 3 4 4 3 4 4 3 4
Keighley d 8:00 8:30 9:25 10:15 10:50 11:10 12:10 12:45 13:05 14:05 14:35 14:55 15:30 15:45 16:45 17:20 17:35 18:25 19:00 19:15
Ingrow West d 8:37 9:32 10:22 10:55 11:17 11:45 12:17 13:12 14:12 15:02 15:35 15:52 16:52 17:25 17:42 18:32 19:05 19:22
Damems d 8:41 9:36 10:26 11:21 11:50 12:21 12:53 13:16 14:16 14:43 15:06 15:56 16:56 17:46 18:36 19:26
Damems Jct d 8:08 8:46 9:41 10:31 11:26 12:26 13:21 14:21 15:11 16:01 17:01 17:51 18:41 19:31
Oakworth d 8:09 8:50 9:45 10:35 11:30 12:30 13:25 14:25 15:15 16:05 17:05 17:55 18:45 19:35
Haworth d 8:54 9:49 10:39 11:34 12:34 13:29 14:29 15:19 16:09 17:09 17:59 18:49 19:39
Haw Loop d 8:00
Oxenhope a 8:10 8:20 9:00 9:55 10:45 11:40 12:40 13:35 14:35 15:25 16:15 17:15 18:05 18:55 19:45

event information

Introduced in 1959, Class 37 (British Railways Type 3) has outlasted almost all the other classes of mainline locomotives introduced as part of the BR modernisation plan of 1955.

During its ‘national service’ life, 37 075 was allocated to nine different locations, but as some were visited on more than one occasion, the total number of moves was 13. And that nomadic life continued into preservation, with Haworth being its fifth location.

Arriving on the KWVR in 2012, 37 075 was purchased by a consortium of KWVR volunteers and moved to Haworth. The largest Diesel Locomotive on the railway also found fame on the small screen, masquerading as Class 40 D326, in the BBC drama ‘The Great Train Robbery.

Evaluated in the 1960s by British Railways, D2511 was quickly sold out of service as being considered unsuitable as the nature of the national network changed.

After a working life of only 16 years, the small shunter was purchased by members of the KWVR and arrived here in August 1977. After two years of restoration, including rebuilding the cab and refurbishing the axle boxes, bearings, transmission and wheel tyres, it entered KWVR service in 1980.

The engine has found service primarily shunting the yards around the Railway and occasional works-train duties. D2511 has worked two coach passenger trains at special events, limited to two coaches, as it cannot maintain line speed with more than a two-coach load.

D2511 can usually be found at Oxenhope as the yard shunter there.

Not all prototypes were submitted for consideration for mass production as British Railways looked to modernise in 1955. Many fell by the wayside and were unceremoniously sent for scrap after a short life.

The engine was placed on permanent loan to the KWVR by English Electric in 1966 and is a most useful engine for the line. As the line has a 25 mph maximum speed limit, many limitations found in the British Railways service are eliminated. The 500 hp power rating means it can deal with our works trains at a speed that does not hamper passenger services working in the opposite path. The engine is capable of standing in on passenger services in the event of a steam engine failing in traffic. All in all, this engine has found a niche in preservation that it never found before.

In 2014 D0226 had its greatest passenger triumph when it was one of the two diesel locomotives used to haul the downhill leg of the intensive two-train operation that brought spectators to the Worth Valley during the Tour de France in July of that year.

In 54 years of operation on the KWVR, D0226 has sported many varied and striking liveries but currently sports one appropriate to its life on the national network. However, whatever the colour scheme, D0226 is arguably the most reliable and useful engine on the 5-mile branch line.

The docks estates at Liverpool and Birkenhead were for many years controlled by the Mersey Docks & Harbour Board which operated a fleet of steam locomotives for shunting the sidings and transferring wagons between sites. In hazardous areas of the docks (i.e. oil terminals) the Docks Board owned and operated several fireless locomotives to prevent sparks from causing fires. During the Second World War, however, one of these fireless locomotives was destroyed by enemy action.

To replace this engine, the Harbour Board approached the Hunslet Engine Co., Leeds, which resulted in the purchase of a Diesel Mechanical Diesel Shunter. This was works number 2699 and on delivery became Mersey Docks & Harbour Board Fleet No. 32. The engine was named “Huskisson” in memory of the eminent Liverpool politician who died on the opening day of the Liverpool and Manchester Railway in 1830.

The locomotive was purchased by a private member of the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway (Mr. Ben Wade) and arrived on the Worth Valley under its own power in January 1971. It initially saw much useful service on the Railway, primarily acting as shunter in one of the Railway’s yards and saw occasional use on the main branch line on works-trains and hauling short passenger services during special events.

However like all aging machines, a work-worn 32 was finally withdrawn and the long process of overhaul was begun by its owner. At the diesel gala in June 2014, 32’s long journey back to health was completed and the locomotive was able to take its place in the line-up for the weekend and has since seen occasional passenger use on two coach Keighley – Ingrow shuttles at diesel galas and special events.

Across the Gala weekend, you will 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.  Access to the sheds is only allowed for authorised groups who must always remain together.

Please be aware that this is both a hazardous and a working environment; 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.

Tours start from Haworth Station Booking Hall, and a Tour Guide will gather the group outside the station before walking to the Yard; approximate tour start times are expected to be 10:00, 10:45, 11:40, 12:30, 13:30 & 14:20.


Haworth Shed Tours will begin shortly after each service arrives from Keighley, meeting inside the Booking Hall in Haworth.
Tickets for the tour cost £5.00, and you can book online using the button below.

Experience the Railway from the Guards Van on the Engineers Train.

The Brake Van Ride is returning to the Diesel Gala, and you’ll get a picture-perfect view of the railway. You’ll journey in the 56287 Southern Railway Goods Brake Van ‘Queen Marys’ owned by The Bahamas Locomotive Society.

JourneyPrice
Full-Line Return£15.00
Damems Return£7.50

Further information and ticket sales will be available soon.

Keep fuelled up across the Gala Weekend!

OLD PARCELS OFFICE, KEIGHLEY

The Diesel Gala

20th to 23rd June

A special menu will be served across the four-day Diesel Gala; you can download the menu below.

The Old Parcels Office, overlooking the tracks of Keighley Station from the bridge, its the railway’s recently refurbished venue for great food and drink in the centre of Keighley.

Our days start with hearty breakfasts and freshly ground coffee, and from lunchtime, you can enjoy a wider selection of dishes prepared with local ingredients to suit every appetite.

Take time out between trains and enjoy a proper Yorkshire brew with Taylors of Harrogate and Yorkshire Teas, or take something a bit stronger, like one of our house cocktails made with the best spirits and liqueurs. Families can relax as kids are well catered for with their menu packed with favourites, healthy and tasty.

The Old Parcels Office serves meals all day accompanied by hand-pulled real ale, a choice of real bottled beers, quality lagers, and ciders that will quench your thirst and keep you fuelled up to visit the railway’s museums and historic stations.

OPENING TIMES

Thursday9.00 – 17.00
Friday9.00 – 22.00
Saturday9.00 – 22.00
Sunday9/00 – 17.00

Oxenhope Station Tea Room

In 1982 the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway invested in an atmospheric tearoom. You can now enjoy lunch and refreshment breaks throughout the day seated in a railway carriage that used to speed along Britain’s mainline railway network. Besides top-quality tea, coffee, and other soft drinks, the tearoom offers sandwiches, pies, cakes and biscuits!

OPENING TIMES

Thursday8.00 – 18.00
Friday8.00 – 19.00
Saturday8.00 – 19.00
Sunday8.00 – 18.00

Keighley pop up & Station Buffet

If you don’t have time to visit the Old Parcels Office, the Buffet is also open whenever passenger trains run. Positioned on the platform, the buffet is an old W. H. Smith bookstall; you can buy hot and cold drinks, snacks, sandwiches and sweets.

OPENING TIMES

Thursday8.00 – 18.00
Friday8.00 – 18.00
Saturday8.00 – 18.00
Sunday8.00 – 18.00

oakworth tea hut

Sit a while and enjoy a nice cup of tea outside the historic station’s Tea Hut, then explore the Goods Yard or the trains passing through the station. Enjoy the spirit of a true country station and the open spaces of the Worth Valley, as well as top-quality teas, Ice Cream, snacks, and confectionery.

OPENING TIMES

Thursday8.00 – 18.00
Friday8.00 – 18.00
Saturday8.00 – 18.00
Sunday8.00 – 18.00

on train bars

The Keighley & Worth Valley is unique because most of our trains convey a real-ale buffet car, serving real-ale from traditional hand pumps. The buffet car also serves tea, coffee and a wide selection of soft drinks & snacks – but it’s the real-ale that is the real treat for our passengers.

ticket and EVENT INFORMATION

Our Four-Day Rover is the best ticket for your visit, which gives you all-day travel across the gala weekend and entry into the Museums at Ingrow West. One, two, and three-day tickets will also be available.

Return tickets will be available for the full length of the line.

FOUR DAY ROVER

TICKETADVANCEON THE DAY
Adult£95.00£100.00
Child (5 – 15)£47.50£50.00
Under 5FreeFree
One Adult & One Child£119.00£125.00
Member – Adult£68.50£72.00
Member – Child (5 – 15)£33.50£35.00
TICKETADVANCEON THE DAY
Adult£76.50£80.50
Child (5 – 15)£38.50£40.50
Under 5FreeFree
One Adult & One Child£95.50£100.50
Member – Adult£55.00£58.00
Member – Child (5 – 15)£27.00£28.50
TICKETADVANCEON THE DAY
Adult£58.00£61.00
Child (5 – 15)£29.00£30.50
Under 5FreeFree
One Adult & One Child£72.50£76.00
Member – Adult£41.50£43.50
Member – Child (5 – 15)£20.00£21.00
TICKETThursdayFridaySaturdaySunday
Adult£28.00£34.00£34.00£32.00
Child (5 – 15)£14.00£17.00£17.00£16.00
Under 5FreeFreeFreeFree
One Adult & One Child£35.00£42.50£42.50£40.00
Member – Adult£20.00£24.50£24.50£23.00
Member – Child (5 – 15)£10.00£12.00£12.00£11.00
TICKETThursdayFridaySaturdaySunday
Adult£29.50£35.50£35.50£33.50
Child (5 – 15)£14.50£18.00£18.00£17.00
Under 5FreeFreeFreeFree
One Adult & One Child£37.00£44.50£44.50£42.00
Member – Adult£21.00£25.50£25.50£24.00
Member – Child (5 – 15)£10.50£12.50£12.50£11.50
FULL LINE RETURNON THE DAY
Adult£17.00
Child (5 – 15)£8.50
Under 5Free
One Adult & One Child£21.50
Member – Adult£12.00
Member – Child (5 – 15)£6.00

Please note that this gala will not have reserved seating whether you buy online or on the day (except for 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.

Standard Booking Ts & Cs apply.

  • 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.
  • Local Residents Railcards discount is amended – the member price is charged on the day.
  • Break of Journey on Single / Return tickets is not permitted, except that Full Line Return ticket holders may only break their journey at Haworth.
  • 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.

Car parks are available at five of the KWVR stations, and for the benefit of satellite navigation system users, the KWVR station addresses & postcodes are:

  • KEIGHLEY – Keighley Railway Station, Station Bridge, Keighley, BD21 4HP
  • INGROW – Ingrow Railway Station, South Street, Ingrow, Keighley, BD21 5AX
  • OAKWORTH – Oakworth Railway Station, Station Road, Oakworth, Keighley, BD22 0DZ
  • HAWORTH – The Railway Station, Station Road, Haworth, Keighley, BD22 8NJ
  • OXENHOPE – Oxenhope Railway Station, Station Road, Oxenhope, Keighley, BD22 9LB

You can find more information about getting the railway in the dedicated travel section.

The Railway is pleased to welcome all dogs and their owners onto our Steam Gala Trains, subject to their owners ensuring that their dogs do not cause a distraction to the operation of the train or inconvenience and difficulties to fellow passengers. In addition, dogs are not allowed onto carriage seats.

In the opinion of the Station Master or Guard, if a dog is not in the control of its owner and is causing problems, the Station Master or Guard may, at their discretion, request the dog be taken away from the Railway’s premises or removed from the train at the next available station or be cared for by its owner in a more appropriate area away from other passengers.

However, dogs are NOT allowed in carriages where food is served, for example.