The Keighley & Worth Valley Railway, one of the very few complete branch lines in the UK, renown for holding their annual Spring Steam Gala. The three day event saw two visiting steam locomotives, both of which ran alongside the home fleet of locomotives; seen hauling a mixture of passenger, express and freight services. Tackling the steep gradients between Keighley and Oxenhope, LMS 7P No.46100 'Royal Scot' and GWR 57xx No.7714 both visited specifically for the event. BR 2F No.52044 which returned to steam in 2021, emerged from the paintshop just ahead of the event, making its first public appearance in its BR black livery.
Gala highlights and visiting locomotives:
LMS 7P No.46100 'Royal Scot'
Built in 1927 at Derby, 'Royal Scot' now forms part of the collection at Locomotive Services Ltd, Crewe. Often found hauling mainline charters around the UK, 'Royal Scot' made its second appearance at the railway, having been one of the locomotives which visited for the 50th Anniversary Celebrations in 2018.
GWR 57xx No.7714
Built in 1930 by Kerr Stuart & Co Ltd, GWR No.7714 is commonly seen travelling through the picturesque Shropshire and Worcestershire scenery, along the Severn Valley Railway. No.7714 is seen hauling a mixture of services over the gala weekend, including 6-coach passenger trains, express and freight services.
Lancashire & Yorkshire 'Ironclad' No.957 goes BR Black...
Having returned to steam in 2021, Lancashire & Yorkshire 'Ironclad' No.957 has recently been repainted into BR black. The spring gala saw the first public appearance of BR 2F No.52044; seen hauling a mixture of passenger and freight services.
Aerial shots are included from across the three day event, showcasing the Worth Valley from a whole new perspective.
Footage is included from throughout all three days of the event, with a wide collection of shots at carefully selected locations along the 5 mile branch line. Trackside footage is included throughout the DVD, an aspect not available to the general public. A wide collection of early morning shed scenes, freight, express, passenger and night scenes are featured throughout the DVD.
Locomotives featured on this DVD include:
• BR 2MT No.78022
• BR 2F No.52044
• LMS 2MT No.41241
• LMS 6P No.45596 'Bahamas'
• LMS 7P No.46100 'Royal Scot'
• Taff Vale O2 No.85
• GWR 57xx No.7714
• LNER Grafton Steam Crane No.2511
LMS 7P No.46100 'Royal Scot' is included hauling charter services at various mainline charters around the UK.
GWR 57xx No.7714 is included hauling passenger services at the Severn Valley Railway.
The DVD features no commentary, allowing you to fully appreciate the sound of the steam locomotive working hard. Short titles are included throughout informing you of the date, locomotive and location.
Produced by - Steaming Around Yorkshire
Running time - 82 minutes approx
Format - 16:9 Widescreen UK PAL
Blu-ray and DVD
Released - March 2022