© Geoff’s Rail Diaries 2013 We would be heading north on the Sunday - “that’s the weekend of the Worth Valley Gala - we ought to call in...”. We should, of course, have headed north on the Saturday - we might have seen a bit more sunshine... There was a grassy bank overlooking the railway immediately to the south of Keighley station last time I was here. But that was some years ago - there are houses now, and a big modern building behind the station changes the outlook somewhat. The footpath below the bank is still there however, providing a grandstand viewpoint for the action - and between 1.00pm and 2.45pm, there was plenty. First train out is a double-header, with visiting locos 1300 (L&Y A-class 0-6-0) and 78019. The first coach is one of three beautifully restored L&Y coaches that are running today - the other two (the leading coach a 6-wheeler) are on the next working, the vintage train to Ingrow. It departed behind “Nunlow”, a 1938-built Hudswell Clarke side tank, no 1704. They would return fairly soon, behind 80002 - but not before Austerity 2-8-0 no. 90733 set out up the valley with its train. Lastly, 78019 and 43924 set off - and so did we, after a most enjoyable couple of hours. Link: Keighley and Worth Valley Railway
The 13:00 departure - hauled by 1300 - and 78019 Freight engine poses "Nunlow" and the vintage train Austerity departure 43924 on the bridge 78019 (and 43924) 80002 - return of the vintage train 6-wheeler Our last train - 78019 and 43924