Having just returned from the annual Winter Gala at the Worth Valley Railway, I feel the need to talk about the magnificence of the current Worth Valley home fleet.
Most preserved railways in the current era will hold events throughout each year where, for the purposes of attracting new visitors, they will hire in a headline engine, or two or three. This will most often help bring in enough people to make the event profitable, but brings with it the added risk of over investment. This can especially be the case if the weather turns and puts people off attending. The money has already been spent, so must be recouped!
For a railway not be bring in any engines is now incredibly out of the so called norm for these massive events. For one to put an event on with more than five engines, you would expect some to be visitors. The lines that tend to have the sheer amount of engines available for this sort of service tend to have a high mileage that needs covering. For a railway of a meer 4.5 miles to hold an event with no less than eight home based engines in full steam is nothing short of magnificent.
Below are a few shots taken from the Friday of the Winter Gala. I think you'll agree the volunteers at both Haworth and Ingrow have done an amazing job turning these engines out! Find the full gallery here!