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The Keighley & Worth Valley Railway, the only complete branch line in the UK has held many successful events and hauled thousands of passengers along the picturesque five mile branch line throughout 2014.
This review of 2014 gives a round up of the action from throughout the year, the railway held many events including their famous Winter and Autumn Steam Gala events featuring visiting engines from around the UK.
Winter Steam Gala, 7th – 9th March:
The Winter Steam Gala was held during March 2014, visiting for the event was sole surviving LNER K4 No.61994 ‘The Great Marquess’, which headlined alongside freshly overhauled USATC S160 No.5820, running in BR Black for the first time.
Built in 1938, ‘The Great Marquess’ is the only surviving LNER K4 class, normally found travelling the country on the mainline, No.61994 visited the Winter Steam Gala hauling services across the three day event. An early morning photo charter is also included with LNER K4 No.61994 hauling a typical branchline freight service.
Having returned to service in January 2014, USATC S160 No.5820 carried a BR black livery for the first few months in service, the Winter Steam Gala saw its final running in this livery before returning to the paint shop at Haworth.
Autumn Steam Gala, 10th – 12th October:
The Autumn Gala featured the long awaited return of ‘The Volcano’, SR West Country No.34092 ‘City Of Wells’ after an absence of over 20 years at the Worth Valley, the event also featured long term visiting engine LMS 5MT No.45305. The event also included an early morning photo charter using resident locomotive BR 8F No.90733, seen hauling a typical branchline freight service.
After proving popular during the 2013 season at the Worth Valley, LMS 5MT No.45305 continued to haul services throughout 2014. Normally based at the Great Central Railway, the ‘Black 5’ became a regular candidate for motive power once again on the Worth Valley. Footage is included from throughout the year of this locomotive at various locations at the KWVR.
Other events were held at the railway during 2014 including Vintage Train Services with LNWR ‘Coal Tank’ No.1054, Beer and Music Festival, Santa Special services and many other too. A wide collection of running days are featured throughout the DVD including lineside shots, an aspect not usually available to the general public.
Some of the steam engines featured on this DVD include:
– LMS 4F No.43924
– LMS 5MT No.45305
– LNER K4 No.61994 ‘The Great Marquess’
– SR West Country No.34092 ‘Wells’
– BR 8F No.90733
– USATC S160 No.5820
– Hudswell Clarke No.1704 ‘Nunlow’
– LNWR ‘Coal Tank’ No.1054
– Any many others too.
This product features no commentary, allowing you to fully appreciate the sound of the steam locomotives working hard. Short titles are included throughout informing you of the date, event, locomotive and location. This DVD & Blu-Ray run for approx. 98 minutes and are available in UK 16:9 widescreen format only.