By Brian Sharpe
The annual spring gala on the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway was a little later than usual this year but with the resident fleet bolstered by three popular mixed traffic visitors, the valley resounded to the usual procession of steam-hauled trains battling the 1-in-58 grades through Bronte country.
The three-day event over the weekend of March 3-5, saw LNER B1 4-6-0 No. 61264 in action having arrived under its own steam from the North Yorkshire Moors Railway. Also arriving in steam, but from the opposite direction, had been LMS ‘Black Five’ 4-6-0 No. 45212 after completion of its main line test run on the Carnforth-Hellifield-Blackburn circuit on the Friday. The third visitor was the East Lancashire Railway’s crimson lake LMS ‘Crab’ 2-6-0 No. 13065 which had initially been preserved on the KWVR in April 1978 before moving away for restoration in 1990.
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The weather was a little unkind, especially on the Friday, but improved at times over the weekend.
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