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A to­tal of 11 lo­co­mo­tives will be in ac­tion on the Keigh­ley & Worth Val­ley Rail­way’s “big­gest ever gala day” on June 30 – just one high­light of the line’s 50th an­niver­sary event on June 24-July 1. The rail­way has re­leased de­tails for the var­i­ous events tak­ing place through­out its marathon eight-day gala, with 11 steam and diesel lo­co­mo­tives in ac­tion dur­ing the penul­ti­mate day of the event. Day 1 (June 24): Re­cently over­hauled Ivatt ‘2MT’ No. 41241, freshly out­shopped in its orig­i­nal, 1968 KWVR red liv­ery, will be re­launched back into traf­fic on the first day of the event, for which KWVR Preser­va­tion So­ci­ety mem­bers are en­ti­tled to free travel. Vis­it­ing LNWR ‘Coal Tank’ No. 1054, 1968 end-of-steam veteran ‘Black Five’ No. 45212 and ‘West Coun­try’ No. 34092 City of Wells will also be in steam, along­side the line’s res­i­dent BR ‘4MT’ 4-6-0 No. 75078. Days 2-4 (June 25-27): Vis­it­ing LMS ‘7P’ No. 46100 Royal Scot will be haul­ing the ma­jor­ity of the pas­sen­ger ser­vices over the Ha­worth-Ox­en­hope branch for days 2-4 of the gala, often in part­ner­ship with No. 41241. The KWVR’s res­i­dent ‘4F’ No. 43924 and ‘4MT’ No. 75078, and vis­it­ing Nos. 34092 and 45212, will also be in ac­tion var­i­ously dur­ing the ‘Royal Scot Days’. Day 5 (June 28): The line’s smaller lo­co­mo­tives come to the fore for the ‘Vin­tage & Lit­tle En­gines’ day, with vis­it­ing ‘Coal Tank’ No. 1054 and ‘57XX’ 0-6-0PT No. 7714 work­ing along­side ‘4F’ No. 43924 and former Mersey Docks & Har­bour Board Hun­slet 0-6-0DM No. D32 through­out the day. Day 6 (June 29): 50 years to the day since No. 41241 and ‘USA’ 0-6-0T No. 72 hauled the KWVR’s in­au­gu­ral train, the ‘Mickey Mouse’ tank will be haul­ing an in­vite-only re­open­ing spe­cial. No. 72 will not be join­ing it, as its over­haul has not yet been com­pleted (SR480). Other steam-hauled pub­lic trains will also be run­ning, while GB Rail­freight Class 66 and Class 73 lo­co­mo­tives will be haul­ing a one-off pas­sen­ger ser­vice af­ter the Class 66 is named Keigh­ley & Worth Val­ley Rail­way – 50th An­niver­sary 1968-2018 at Keigh­ley. Day 7 (June 30): The penul­ti­mate day of the event will be the KWVR’s big­gest ever gala day, with up to 11 steam and diesel lo­co­mo­tives in ac­tion on the 4½-mile line. All vis­it­ing lo­co­mo­tives will be in steam, as well as most of the ‘Worth Val­ley’s’ steam fleet. Day 8: (July 1): The fi­nal day of the gala will show­case diesel power, with vis­it­ing ‘Deltic’ No. 55019 Royal High­land Fusilier and Class 50 No. 50035 Ark Royal work­ing along­side var­i­ous mem­bers of the KWVR’s steam fleet. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.kwvr.co.uk/50th, where you can book tick­ets and down­load timeta­bles.


Tom Kay ap­plies red top coat to Ivatt No. 41241 at Ha­worth on June 12 as project leader Peter Turner looks on.

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