HomeBusinessKeighley & Worth Valley Railway benefits from a Northern storage problem

Keighley & Worth Valley Railway benefits from a Northern storage problem

WEEKLY NEWSLETTER SIGN UP

Since the Coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic struck, and lockdown began, heritage railways have effectively been closed, with fundraising activities, gala weekends and even normal running suspended or cancelled.

That has caused major financial problems for most of them.

Some, such as the Severn Valley Railway in Worcestershire and Shropshire, have been fundraising from enthusiasts, offering ‘adopt an engine’ schemes and promoting the sale of souvenirs from their shops.

The Keighley and Worth Valley Railway (KWVR) in West Yorkshire has also been fundraising hard. It’s ‘Worth Saving’ appeal has now passed the £130,000 mark and is aiming at £200,000.

KWVR’s ‘Worth Saving’ appeal is aiming to raise £200,000.

But the KWVR has also found an extra source of income.

Northern Trains, like may other front-line train operators, has reduced its timetable and is running fewer services.  It is also phasing out its fleet of Pacers, which have recently become the butt of many jokes, although they have done sterling service for the last 34 years, and currently have dispensation to run only until August 2020 as they don’t meet the Rail Vehicle Accessibility (Interoperable Rail System) Regulations.

Andy Carey, Sam MacDougall and Christopher Haley with 144 011, which will return to the KWVR for preservation once it finishes its service at Northern.

Five of the 23 Class 144 Pacers (two and three-car units) not required during lockdown could be stored at the Heaton depot. But where to put the other 18?

The answer was at Keighley on the KWVR, a solution that would solve Northern’s storage problem and give KWVR some much-needed income.

Noel Hartley, KWVR.

Noel Hartley, KWVR operations manager, explained: “We are storing the Pacers for Northern whilst the crisis is ongoing. It is helping us too, by providing some income for our Worth Saving appeal.”

It’s not the first time the Class 144s have been at Keighley. They used to call there in service until the Airedale line was electrified in the 1990s. And, fittingly, number 144011 is due to transfer to the KWVR for preservation once Northern has no further need of it.

More of Northern’s Class 144 at its temporary home at Keighley.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

- Advertisement -

Latest news

Keeping GBR hopes on track with data innovations and expertise

Paul Coleman, account and customer experience executive at ITAL, considers modernisation of the railway in a new state-owned era. What are the opportunities and...

Union Connectivity Review report released

The Department for Transport has published the final report of its Union Connectivity Review, led by Network Rail chairman Sir Peter Hendy. It makes...

Crossrail commences Trial Operations on the Elizabeth line.

Crossrail – the project that will deliver the Elizabeth line under London – started Trial Operations on Saturday 20 November 2021 in preparation for...
- Advertisement -

More news

Integrated Rail Plan – reactions are almost all negative

One day after Transport Secretary Grant Shapps addressed the House of Commons to explain his Integrated Rail Plan (IRP), quite a number of reactions...

Body-worn camera evidence helps secure conviction for assault

Footage from body-worn cameras has been used successfully to help secure a conviction in a case of physical assault against Transport for London (TfL)...

Eversholt and Gemini to convert Class 321 units for express freight

Eversholt Rail and Gemini Rail Services have announced a programme to convert four Class 321 units for Swift Express Freight. Work to convert the units...
NEWSLETTER SIGN UP