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Published on Oct 11, 2014
The 2014 Autumn Steam Spectacular at the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway was really all about 1 loco, the first gala appearance of 'The Volcano', 34092 'City of Wells' in 25 years. With no visiting loco this year the remainder of the home fleet formed the rest of the line up; 5820 'Big Jim', 43924, 90733, 45305 'Alderman A. E. Draper' in its final appearance in BR livery, 1054 & 1704 'Nunlow'. The majority of shots are not in the order they were taken, being ordered from Keighley to Oxenhope. We begin at Keighley at the beginning of the day with 1054 arriving light engine from Haworth, shortly followed by 1704 propelling the stock for the first train of the gala into platform 4. The next view is from on board the first train headed by 1054 and departing from Keighley station. Heading up the line to Grove Mill Drive in Ingrow, 45305 thunders out of the 150 yard long tunnel and across the River Worth, after which we move to Damems where 90733 arrives from Keighley before making a loud departure towards the loop. Another on board shot follows, featuring 34092 on its first uphill run of the day accelerating hard away from Damems Loop towards Oakworth. The next shot comes from on top of Mytholmes Tunnel. The Express on the Friday was a 'Pines Express' recreation, headed by 34092 and piloted by 43924, as used to happen on the Somerset & Dorset many years ago. The pair accelerate away from a Temporary Speed Restriction on the River Worth Bridge and into the tunnel at close to line speed. Note the Pines Express headboard on 43924. Moving on again and 34092 roars out of the other end of the short tunnel and round the bend towards Haworth. On the other side of Ebor Lane Bridge in the nature reserve, 1054 powers up the 1 in 90 gradient on the combined vintage train. 45305 powers away from another Temporary Speed Restriction just beyond Haworth and past Top Field, before a very late running 90733 approaches Oxenhope with the Afternoon goods from Keighley. We end at Oakworth. During the Winter Steam Spectacular in March 2014, I took a twilight shot here of the last passenger train arriving and departing. As the arrival shot went slightly out of focus, I thought I would try again. Because of the late running it was practically dark by the time the train arrived, headed by 1704 with the 3 L&Y coaches in tow, and this time the arrival shot went to plan-almost. The last 15 seconds had to be cut and you can probably see as it fades out just how out of focus it went. The waiting was worth it for the departure shot. 1704 thundered away from the platform, accelerating hard up to the temporary speed restriction then as you can probably hear, accelerating hard after it too...