Jinty 47279 simmers while taking on water at Keighley, before returning up the Worth Valley to Oxenhope.
I've just returned from a week long jaunt to sunny Settle. Well, not quite sunny, but the weather was not bad for the time of year, with just a little snow and light rain – nothing to hinder us on our long walks in the hills.
A week’s holiday at the beginning of January was very welcome after a fairly tiring Festive season, with me & Mrs D also getting a bit of writing done: her on her academic treatises and Yours Truly on my new book proposals, plus a few ideas for future Model Rail projects.
A day was also had on the splendid Keighley & Worth Valley Railway, just catching the last weekend of mince pie specials. I particularly enjoyed our ride from Keighley to Haworth on the 4-wheel diesel Railcar – my first experience on one of this type of traction. Pootling along, sitting up front with a clear view of the road ahead, was very relaxing.
The endearing little Waggon & Maschinenbau 4-wheel railcar M79964 awaits time on the early shuttle servive from Keighley.
View from the cab of M79964.
After meeting some friends for luncheon in Haworth, a jolly back to Keighley behind Jinty 47279 was also very pleasant. As usually happens when I visit the KWVR, there was quite a wait at the Keighley end for a connection back to Settle and, without wanting to offend anyone from that proud old town, there’s not that much to do on a late afternoon in Keighley. We did have a look at some of the pubs nearby but Mrs D (or me for that matter) wasn’t keen.
After an hour and a bit of aimless meanderings, we ended up jumping on the Morecambe train and walking from Giggleswick station rather waiting another 40-odd minutes for the Carlisle service to Settle.
Whilst out and about during the week – all our favoured walks tend to stay parallel to either the S&C or the Little North Western line – some notable ‘spots’ included some interesting Network Rail trains (EWS 66-hauled) in the mid-afternoon southbound engineer’s path, plus the Colas southbound timber train from Ribblehead (seen on the Wednesday). Freightliner 70005 was glimpsed on the Friday coal empties. Incidentally, I was informed just before getting to Settle that one of the latest batch of Class70s had been dropped from a crane during unloading at Newport Docks and its now on its way back to the USA for salvaging of parts and scrapping. Ouch – I bet there’ll be some frantic insurance claims being put in after that! Look out for coverage of the incident in Rail magazine in the coming weeks.
Anyway, now I’m back at the grindstone, I’ve got a big bunch of semaphore signal kits to build for the Supertest in MR154, which will probably take up the next week or so... stay tuned for a sneak preview...