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The Keighley & Worth Valley Railway is one the UK’s very few complete branch lines, running from the busy town of Keighley, passing Ingrow West, Damems, Oakworth, Haworth and to the small village of Oxenhope, 660ft above sea level.
The original railway dates back to 1867, providing a much needed transport system for the many mills along the Worth Valley route. The line survived until 1962 when it was deemed non-profitable due to competition from roads and other transport methods, the railway was closed by British Railway’s in 1962.
When British Railways closed the Worth Valley line in 1962, local people and railway enthusiasts joined forces to try and save it. A Preservation Society was formed and after many years of volunteer struggle the line re-opened to passenger traffic on 29th June 1968. Since then, the railway has gone from strength to strength and is now recognised as a leading tourist attraction in Yorkshire, carrying thousands of passengers every year.
This double disc DVD showcases the railway from the last decade, including footage between 2008 and 2018.
2008 marked the 40th Anniversary of the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway, to celebrate the occasion a Summer Anniversary Gala was held including mainline services to Hellifield. The Autumn Steam Gala featured visiting engine USATC S160 No.5197 from the Churnet Valley Railway.
2009 kicked off with a visit from SR N15 No.30777 ‘Sir Lamiel’, which was returning to the Great Central Railway after mainline duties. The Winter Steam Gala featured a dusting of snow and visiting engine BR 7MT No.70013 ‘Oliver Cromwell’. A repeat Summer Steam Gala was held featuring LNER O4 No.63601.
The Winter Steam Gala of 2010 featured GNR N2 No.1744, the Autumn Steam Gala returned with visiting engines BR 5MT No.73129 and 0-6-0WT ‘Bellerophon’.
2011 featured ‘Black 5’ magic for enthusiasts at the Winter Steam Gala, as both LMS 5MT No.44767 ‘George Stephenson’ and LMS 5MT No.44871 visited the railway, the summer of 2011 welcomed the long awaited return of LMS 4F No.43924, whilst also LMS 3F No.47279 was withdrawn from service and is now awaiting overhaul. The railway’s ‘Black 5’ No.45212 returned from the North Yorkshire Moors Railway and headlined at the Autumn Steam Gala alongside GWR 28xx No.2807.
2012 saw the return of sole surviving ‘Coal Tank’ No.1054, the Winter Steam Gala featured visiting engine LNWR ‘Super D’ No.49395 which allowed the opportunity for the pair to recreate the final train from Abergavenny to Merthyr organised by the SLS. 2012 also saw a visit from LMS 4MT No.43106 plus L&YR A Class No.1300 which was suitably paired with L&YR ‘Ironclad’ No.957 for the first time in preservation.
2013 saw visiting engine L&YR ‘A’ Class No.1300 repainted into plain, unlined black which featured at the Spring Steam Gala alongside BR 2MT No.78018. The Autumn Steam Gala featured a heavy Great Western presence with three visiting engines, GWR 51xx No.4160, GWR 15xx No.1501 and GWR 78xx No.7812 ‘Erlestoke Manor’.
2014 saw the return of USATC S160 No.5820 ‘Big Jim’ which was returned sporting a BR black livery. LNER K4 No.61994 ‘The Great Marquess’ visited the railway and starred at the Spring Steam Gala. During the summer of 2014, enthusiasts were treated with the long awaited return of SR WC No.34092 ‘City Of Wells’, LMS 5MT No.45305 was also based at the railway throughout the 2014 season.
BR 4MT No.75078 was returned to steam during the early part of 2015, the Spring Steam Gala featured a strong Somerset & Dorset theme with BR 4MT No.75078, LMS 4F No.43924 and SR WC No.34092 ‘Wells’. The Autumn Steam Gala saw resident BR 8F No.90733 weathered and re-numbered to No.90711, representing a long-lost Bradford based classmate.
Winter 2016 saw the return of resident Taff Vale O2 Tank No.85, now running in a fully lined out Taff Vale livery, the engine headlined the Spring Steam Gala. The final Autumn Steam Gala to be hosted at the railway featured the return of LMS 5MT No.45212, plus visiting engines SR BB No.34053 ‘Sir Keith Park’ and GWR 78xx No.7822 ‘Foxcote Manor’.
2017 saw the hugely popular, week long visit from LNER A3 No.60103 ‘Flying Scotsman’. The Spring Steam Gala featured visiting engines LNER B1 No.61264 and LMS ‘Crab’ No.13065. The summer of 2017 saw a new event introduced featuring the ‘Little Engines’ of the railway, including visiting engines LSWR ‘Beattie Well Tank’ No.30587 and 0-6-0ST Austerity No.71515.
2018 marked the 50th Anniversary of the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway, visiting for the Spring Steam Gala was BR 7MT No.70013 ‘Oliver Cromwell’ and LMS 7F No.53808.
This DVD was produced and launched at the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway’s 50th Anniversary Gala in 2018, footage from 2018 is included from the spring only.
A wide collection of over 40 steam engines are included on this double disc DVD, some of which include:
This DVD 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, locomotive number and location. This DVD lasts approximately 147 minutes and is split across two discs for maximum quality.