Chairman’s Update 24th March 2020

PLEASE NOTE THAT FOLLOWING THE ANNOUNCEMENT BY THE PRIME MINISTER YESTERDAY THAT EVERYONE SHOULD STAY AT HOME EXECEPT FOR ESSENTIAL WORK, BUYING OF FOOD AND EXERCISE, THE KEIGHLEY AND WORTH VALLEY RAILWAY IS IN LOCKDOWN AND COMPLETELY CLOSED TO EVERYONE INCLUDING WORKING MEMBERS AND STAFF.

THEREFORE IN ADDITION TO THE CLOSURE OF OUR MUSEUM, I AM AFRAID I NOW HAVE TO ADVISE THAT THE WORKSHOP IS NOW COMPLETELY CLOSED TO ANY OF OUR VOLUNTEERS TO WORK IN AND NO MEMBERS SHOULD ATTEMPT TO VISIT INGROW FOR ANY REASON WHATSOEVER.

IN ADDITION THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NO ACCESS TO THE HAWORTH YARD EITHER. THIS APPLIES TO ALL BLS MEMBERS AS WELL AS THE VCT AND KWVR WORKING MEMBERS THE REASON FOR THIS IS TO PROTECT YOUR OWN SAFETY.

SOME KWVR MEMBERS WILL BE USING THEIR ALLOWED RECREATIONAL OUTDOOR EXERCISE TO WALK THE RAILWAY TO CHECK SECURITY. ALL WORKS ON THE INGROW BRIDGE RENEWAQL HAVE NOW CEASED..

KEITH WHITMORE,

CHAIRMAN

BLS Museum update

“It is with great regret and after much thought and discussion, in view of Government advice on the Coronavirus spread, I have decided that there is no alternative other than to announce that our Museum is now closed as of Thursday 19th March until further notice as obviously our main objective must be to keep both our visitors, members and our staff safe.

Ours is a small museum with confined space and although much loved by our visitors to close has really been our only option.

In addition Bahamas will not be undertaking any main line tours for the foreseeable future. We will keep everyone updated through our social media and other outlets.”

Keith Whitmore,

Chairman,
Bahamas Locomotive Society

February 22nd Railtour

Between intermittent showers of freezing rain and a strong westerly wind, Stanier ‘Jubilee’ 4-6-0 45596 ‘Bahamas’ makes easy work of its eleven coach trailing load as she romps towards Ais Gill summit, the fireman giving it his all. The 1Z58 15:29 Carlisle to Keighley charter on Saturday 22nd February 2020. © Gordon Edgar – All rights reserved. Please do not use my images without my explicit permission.
Photo courtesy of Gordon Edgar

It’s exhaust whipped away on the strong westerly wind, double-chimney Stanier ‘Jubilee’ 4-6-0 45596 ‘Bahamas’ heads away from Skipton at Niffany viaduct in charge of the 1Z57 09:10 Keighley & Worth Valley Railway to Carlisle charter on Saturday 22nd February 2020. The sunshine belies the conditions of the day and experienced over the previous night, with extreme flooding in North and West Yorkshire. The River Aire is actually some 300 metres distant from the railway at this point! © Gordon Edgar – All rights reserved. Please do not use my images without my explicit permission.
Photo courtesy of Gordon Edgar
There’s a little more information about the tour on our What’s On page.