Temporary suspension of passenger services
We were very proud of all our efforts that meant that we were able to run a COVID-secure service during December, making full use of the fleet of compartment stock on the Railway, including our own ‘suburban’ Mark 1s as well as vehicles from the Lancashire & Yorkshire Trust and the Vintage Carriages Trust.
However, on the 4th January 2021, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that the country would once again go into total lockdown, so restricting all but essential travel. As a result, services on the KWVR are suspend for the foreseeable future. We hope to recommence operations in time for the February half term if restrictions are lifted to allow us to do so, but indications are that the the lockdown could extend to the end of February and beyond.
Sadly, this means that we joined other heritage railways in suspending operations for the third time in recent months, but the safety and well being of our volunteers and passengers will always come first.
Our New Year services were amongst the remaining preserved passenger services in the country and those operating on the 3rd January were the last standard gauge preserved passenger trains in the country before lockdown. A selection of photos from that last day can be seen below.