KWVRToday is the 50th anniversary of the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway.
And to mark the occasion the vintage steam railway is re-running the original locomotive and coaches with the Ivatt 2-6-2T no. 41241 at its head.
The railway is hosting an eight day gala which runs until Sunday.
K&WVR stated:”This is an event that both the public and enthusiasts will not want to miss. Eight days of celebration are likely to produce the most spectacular Gala the Railway has organised since the opening day in June 1968.
“Our 50th Anniversary is a week long celebration showcasing all that we’ve done as a Railway over the last 50 years, from humble beginnings with smaller engines, to bigger locos and even diesels.
“A recreation of the ‘Re-opening Special’ will take place on Friday 29th June, with one of the original re-opening day locomotives at its head, newly restored to traffic, Ivatt 2-6-2T 41241 resplendent in LMS Maroon livery, just as it carried in 1968.
“Visiting us for the Gala will be 2 stalwarts of the KWVR from past years – LMS Class 5MT 4-6-0 45212, one of the first locomotives to arrive on the railway, and Southern Railway Pacific, 34092 ‘City of Wells’, once a long term resident on the Railway but now part of the East Lancashire Railway fleet at Bury. Both locomotives will be working throughout the Gala.”

For more information http://kwvr.co.uk/news/

And here is a video of the reopening on 29th June 1968

https://player.bfi.org.uk/free/film/watch-push-and-pull-1968-online

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