Double headed steam locomotives at the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway

41241 on the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway
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The Keighley and Worth Valley Railway has announced that steam locomotives will be hauling trains tomorrow.

Standard 2 78022 and Ivatt 41241 will be double heading trains tomorrow, 1st January 2019 between Keighley and Oxenhope.

The first train will depart from Oxenhope at 10 am on New Year’s Day.

These two locomotives are special in that both of them have just returned from overhaul, with the double heading not taking place since they returned to passenger service.

No need to book either, just turn up and enjoy not one, but two steam locomotives all day.

The timetable for the day can be found by clicking here.

About 41241

Built by British Railways in the workshops of the LMS to H. G. Ivatt’s design, 41241 was delivered new to Bath Green Park before moving around several sheds before ending its days at Skipton. In preservation, it hauled the original re-opening special of the KWVR with USA Tank No. 30072, and repeated this same job in 2018 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway.

Standard 2MT No. 78022

The loco was built by BR at Darlington Works in 1954 and was transferred to Millerhouses Depot in Sheffield until the shed closed in 1962. It then took a whistle-stop tour around sheds such as Doncaster, Stratford (London), March (Cambridgeshire), Barrow, Aintree and finally Lostock Hall.

The loco was then withdrawn from this shed in 1967. It was sold to Woodham Bros. as scrap and it remained there until been rescued by the Standard 4 Locomotive Society in 1975.

The engine arrived at the KWVR on June 11th 1975 however did not run until 1993. The loco has since grown popular with footplate crews and has recently returned from a major overhaul. The loco has been out-shopped in a stunning Brunswick Green!

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