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I always enjoy a visit to the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway, especially for the Galas, and it's just a shame that in recent years I haven't been able to get over anything like as much as I did in the past. Hopefully things will be different this year, and I'm sure I'll be back again a number of times, probably with my next visit being to their Mixed Traffic Gala in May. It was just a shame that the ELR decided to go and hold their own steam gala on the same weekend this year, as that meant that I would only be able to spend one day at each of the events, and from talking to many other enthusiasts, I wasn't the only one who was annoyed about this, and not to mention the additional cost that attending both on the same weekend would incur. It's never a good idea to have two major events in the same area at the same time (especially when there isn't much happening on the weekends before and after), and I'm sure that both railways will have lost money and visitors because of this faux pas. Anyway, with a forecast for possible snow on the Sunday and engineering works on the Calder Valley railway line, I had little choice other than to go along on Day one on Friday 8th of March, and much to my great delight (though I suspect that I was the only person in West Yorkshire that day that thought so) the weather was perfect for a Crap Weather Photographer like me, and it rained non-stop almost from the minute I arrived until I left again at the end of the day.

Locos taking part in the Gala included the home fleet consisting of: BR Ivatt 2MT 2-6-2T '41241', BR Standard 4MT 4-6-0 '75078', USATC S160 2-8-0 'Big Jim No.5820', LNWR 0-6-2 Coal tank '1054', LMS Black 5MT 4-6-0 '45212' and Midland Railway 0-6-0 4F '43924'. Visiting locos included: LMS Jubilee 4-6-0 'Bahamas 45996', BR Class 2 2-6-0 '78022' and LMS Class 2 2-6-0 '46521'. Also on display outside Haworth Station were a couple of very nice steam lorries, and it was also a pleasure to see these involved in the event.

Big Jim and 1054 weren't running in service that day (but would be over the weekend), but at least the US loco was in steam in Haworth Yard, so I was able to get some shots of it at last. Considering the poor weather the loadings seemed quite good, with Bahamas being the star attraction on its return after overhaul, but all the locos looked really nice, and it was a pleasure to see them all running that day. I thoroughly enjoyed myself, but sadly it was all over far too soon, though I'm already looking forward to the next event there in a couple of months time.

My thanks to all the organisers, volunteers, staff and train crews for putting on such a good event that was well up to the usual KWVR standard.

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