Cromwell stars at Worth Valley gala

The Keighley & Worth Valley Railway is now in its 50th season of operation. The five-mile branch from Keighley to Oxenhope was reopened as a preserved steam railway on June 29,1968 – just six weeks before the end of steam on British Railways.

With a sprinkling of snow on the lineside, BR Standard Britannia Pacific No. 70013 Oliver Cromwell accelerates away from Haworth on March 9. SIMON WEBB

Appropriately the star visitor for the railway’s first enthusiasts’ event in its anniversary year was BR Standard Britannia Pacific No. 70013 Oliver Cromwell, the engine that played a key role in the last few weeks of BR steam in the North-West, culminating in its haulage of 1T57 the ‘Fifteen Guinea Special’ on August 11 1968.

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