West Country class number 34092 "City of Wells" passes Oakworth Mound with a train from Keighley - 7 Jun 1986 John Sydney Hancock.
14 August 2014
Restored Locomotive is Back on the Rails
at Keighley & Worth Valley Railway
Keighley Yorkshire England United Kingdom - We've had volunteers sharing their experiences from over the years and there are some worryingly ghostly tales emerging, reflecting the history of some of our locomotives and locations.
Why such a discussion?
Because for the first time we are planning to run a Halloween Special, with plenty of scares and sights for passengers to enjoy.
We have been asked for many years to run such a service, so we are really looking forward to the inaugural event in October.
For those who need to calm their nerves beforehand, they might welcome a visit to the Beer and Music Festival the week before, where you can sample one of more than 100 real ales and ciders, while listening to great live music.
Our special events include our Autumn Steam Spectacular which will run from 10 to 12 Oct 2014, an action-packed three-day steam festival which is always a big hit.
Santa and his Pixies will be getting ready to travel with us later in the year (and please don't forget that we have been asked to open on-line bookings already), and we are now running steam trains seven days per week throughout the summer holidays.
So please do pay us a visit and make the most of the children-go-free offer.
This applies to children accompanied by a paying adult, and full details on terms and conditions are available on our web site.
If all this still isn't enough to tempt you, we are about to welcome back into traffic a locomotive that has not run for around 25 years.
The newly restored Bulleid West Country Class Pacific number 34092 "City of Wells" made its first test run on the main line on the evening of Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014.
This locomotive ran between Oxenhope and Oakworth around 20:30.
It is booked to appear at the autumn gala this October, but will doubtless make unofficial appearances as and when required by the restoration team.
Our initial tests have gone well and we hope that City of Wells, which is beautifully streamlined and so futuristic-looking for its time, will be hauling carriages in the next few weeks.
As announced in May, essential maintenance will take place to one of our bridges between Oakworth and Haworth on 13, 14, 20, and 21 Sep 2014.
This will mean that trains will be unable to run between Oakworth and Haworth.
Steam trains will operate between Oxenhope and Haworth only, with a 1950s diesel train operating between Oakworth and Keighley.
As we look forward to plans for 2015, I would welcome any comments, suggestions, or ideas for special events we could consider, or other suggestions on how to make the railway more appealing to passengers and potential passengers.
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