Happy homecoming for KWVR 50

THE Keighley & Worth Valley Railway’s June 24-July 1 50th anniversary gala will welcome back two old stalwarts.

Bulleid West Country light Pacific No. 34092 City of Wells – for which its current home, the East Lancashire Railway has a £340,920 appeal to buy it from its three current owners, and LMS ‘Black Five’ No. 45212, based at Southall on duties for West Coast Railways, will return for the event.

Two firsts together again: Ivatt 2-6-2T No. 41241, which jointly hauled the KWVR’s official opening train on June 29, 1968, and Midland 4F 0-6-0 No. 43924, the first locomotive to be saved from Dai Woodham’s Barry scrapyard, on March 31. ANDREW DENNISION

Already, Ivatt 2-6-2T No. 41241 has returned from overhaul, and repainted in the same non-authentic maroon livery that it carried when it pulled the line’s opening train on June 29, 1968. It will be officially relaunched into traffic on Sunday, June 24.#

However, its partner on that day, USA 0-6-0T No. 30072, now owned by Andy Booth, will not be present because its overhaul at the Ribble Steam Railway is ongoing.

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