‘Big Jim’ is steam show hit on Keighley & Worth Valley Railway

Keighley News: Crowds wait for a train at Haworth Station during the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway Steam Spectacular weekend Crowds wait for a train at Haworth Station during the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway Steam Spectacular weekend

Visitors flocked to the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway at the weekend for its Winter Steam Spectacular.

Among the stars of the show was the USA S160 loco, affectionately known as Big Jim.

The locomotive – built for heavy freight work in Europe during the Second World War – starred in the movie Yanks, which was filmed on the Worth Valley line and at other Keighley district locations in 1978.

The steam spectacular was Big Jim’s first major event since returning from extensive restoration.

Also back in operation after a long lay-off was the City Of Wells engine.

K&WVR worker, Noel Hartley, who organised the extravaganza, said it was a huge success.

“The weather was brilliant and the railway was very busy – it is an extremely popular event,” he said.

“There were plenty of enthusiasts, but also it was nice to see a lot of families present, too, particularly on Sunday.

“The appeal of the Steam Spectacular has widened.”

He added Big Jim was on his first proper run since the 1980s.

“He’s big, ugly and different, and is an attraction with people,” added Mr Hartley. “He’s also very noisy, which sometimes scares the children, but the adults seem to like it!”

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