As we start a new year, we must first apologise for the lack of information regarding the locomotives in operation from the 28th December to the 1st January. Sadly our normally reliable jungle drums did not come up with their usual flow of information. Rumours that the drummer had had too much sherry over the Christmas period are totally unfounded, although this weekend's drumbeat has come a little late.
With the failure of the rostered locomotive, MR 0-6-0 4F 43924, we have had a combination of motive power with 78022, 41241 and diesel 20 031 all rallying to the call, and on New Year's Day we had the wonderful double headed combination of BR Standard Class 2 2-6-0 78022 and BR 'Ivatt' 2MT 2-6-2T 41241 (illustrated above and below) - a stirring sight of 2 locomotives that returned to service in 2018 bringing in the New Year. With the number of passenger we carry on our Mince Pie Specials, we need to run 6 coaches and with 78022 and 41241, the only alternative engines available, limited to 5 coaches, extra power is required if either of these locomotives were to be used. 20 031 assisted on the 31st December and the two Class 2 locomotives combined on 1st January in perfect Winter conditions.
With the reduced number of passengers on our winter services, this weekend's motive power will be BR 'Ivatt' Class 2MT 2-6-2T 41241 hauling 4 coaches with 5 round trips on Saturday, Green timetable, and 4 on Sunday to the Blue timetable.
Visitors should note that we are now operating to a revised Green timetable with the first Saturday diesel railcar service of the day departing from Haworth at 09.00 and not Oxenhope as in previous years. The diesel service will be operated on both days by our Class 101 diesel multiple unit.
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.