London Midland & Scottish designed Ivatt Class 2MT 2-6-2T No. 41241

An ideal locomotive both in size and authenticity for the branch, 41241 was the subject of a thorough overhaul, completed in June 2018 in time to take its place in the 50th Anniversary celebrations in June of that year.

Although built in the workshops of the LMS to H. G. lvatt’s design, 41241 was constructed by British Railways, after the nationalisation of the railways in 1948 and went new to Bath (Green Park). The engine moved to different sheds before finally ending its days at Skipton.

The engine was purchased by two pioneering members of the KWVR directly from British Railways shortly before the closure of Skipton shed and arrived on the Worth Valley in March 1967, ownership passing to the Railway early in the 1970’s. No. 41241 possibly represents the most typical branch-line engine of all KWVR stock, 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” in June 1968. It also represented the KWVR at the 150th anniversary of the opening of the Stockton and Darlington Railway in Co. Durham in 1975. In due course 41241 was re-painted in authentic BR lined black, being the only livery the engine carried whilst in everyday service with British Railways.

Withdrawn from service, the locomotive was stripped for overhaul and the subject of an appeal to have her fully restored by 2018, in time to haul a train in celebration of 50 years of preservation of the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway. Resplendent in the stunning Crimson Lake livery it carried on the opening day, on Sunday 24th June 2018, 41241 was launched back into traffic on the first day of the Railway’s 50th Anniversary celebrations. Five days later 41241, rightly took pride of place at the head of the 50th Anniversary Re-Opening Special re-enactment on Friday 29th June, departing Keighley at the same time as it had departed Platform 4, 50 years previous.

For more information of 41241 in its days on British Railways visit the 41241 in BR Service page and for a look at its early years on the KWVR take a look at 41241 on the KWVR.