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Crowds flock to visit steam ‘spectacular’ in Keighley
Steam Spectacular organiser, Noel Hartley, making final preparations for Great Western Railway loco Erlestoke Manor before it heads out on the tracks
Visitors from far and wide flocked to Keighley to witness an autumn steam spectacular.
They arrived to enjoy a host of activities on the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
This year’s installment of the popular annual event featured a visit from three locomotives, which have all operated on the Great Western Railway.
There were also demonstration journeys by a steam freight train to give people an insight into the K&WVR’s original, industrial purpose, as well as a frequent passenger service.
Visitors had the rare opportunity to climb aboard to see the controls of some of the steam engines and chat to the drivers.
K&WVR chairman, Dr Matt Stroh, said: “It looked very busy on Saturday and the visiting engines went down fantastically well. They ran faultlessly and looked quite impressive.
“Also on Saturday, we had an American steam engine that dates back to the Second World War running again on the railway for the first time in 22 years. The team that has been restoring it has done a great job, and to see it operating under its own steam was very special.”
The same gala weekend also included vintage road vehicle displays at Ingrow Station, as well as model railway layouts on view in the exhibition shed at Oxenhope Station.
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