Passenger Trains Return to the Valley
No passenger trains have operated on the KWVR since early March, but that all changed on Tuesday 21st July when a series of trains ran as far as Damems Junction (Bridge 11 being still in the process of being completed) to test the passenger safety systems to be implemented when the ‘Return in Steam’ programme is due to start in August with volunteers and their families playing the part of the public.
With British Railway Standard Class 2 2-6-0 no. 78022 at the head, a number of short round trips were completed with a five carriage set of British Railways, Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway and a single Southern Railway coaches, with 78022 running round at Damems Junction. This was repeated on the following.
Finally the sound of a steam engine whistle could be heard echoing around the Worth Valley once again