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I always enjoy visiting the nearby KWVR, and it was quite unusual to attend a Spring Steam Gala there in weather that did look and feel almost Spring like, especially as this whole area, and in particular Haworth Shed, had suffered quite a bit with the flooding and heavy rains just a few weeks earlier when Storms Ciara and Dennis blasted through the area. Locos in service during this Gala included: BR Ivatt 2MT 2-6-2T 41241, BR Standard 2MT 2-6-0 78022, USATC S160 2-8-0 "Big Jim" No.5820, LMS 'Jubilee' 4-6-0 45596 'Bahamas', LMS 'Black 5' Class 5MT 4-6-0 45212, Midland Railway 0-6-0 4F 43924 and Taff Vale Railway Class O2 0-6-2T no.85 from the Home Fleet, plus Great Western Railway 'Prairie' Tank 2-6-2T no.4144 from the Didcot Railway Centre.

Normally I ride up to Keighley and then work my way back to Oxenhope, but as I usually have limited time at these events, this time I started at Oxenhope and just concentrated on the bottom half of the line which allowed me to get away from the stations and out to a few more locations. It's just a pity that the ELR went and stuck their own Gala on the same weekend, otherwise I would have probably gone on two days, and then I could have done the northern half of the line as well. My thanks to all the volunteers, staff and organisers at the KWVR for yet another enjoyable visit.


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