Branch Line Weekend

Branch Line Weekend – 3rd to 5th April 2020

Come along for a fun-packed weekend showcasing our small locomotives!

A busy timetable will recreate the branch line feel of our Railway in its heyday by concentrating on the use of our smaller Bluebell locomotives, plus some very special visitors….

Taff Vale Tank No.85

Photo credit: KWVR Archives/P Brunt

From Keighley & Worth Valley Railway:

No. 85 was built in 1899 by Neilson Reid for the Taff Vale Railway, which connected the Cardiff area with the coal mining industry located a few miles to the north. When the Taff Vale Railway was taken over by the GWR in 1922 the engine soon became surplus to requirements as the GWR had a policy of standardisation. In 1927 the engine was withdrawn and in 1929 the engine was sold to the Lambton, Hetton & Joicey Colliery Co. in County Durham to haul coal trains between the inland collieries and the coast.

When the coal industry was nationalised in 1947 it became NCB No. 52 and remained in service there until 1968 and following withdrawal arrived on the Worth Valley Railway in December 1970.

lt was re-built to its original outline by a group of Worth Valley volunteers in the 1990s and gave good service until withdrawal in 2010. Seen as an ideal locomotive for the branch line, TVR No. 85 entered the workshops at Haworth and re-entered service in 2016.

Another guest TBC!

We will be operating a different timetable on each of the three days so why not take the opportunity to spend a long weekend sampling the variety of what our Railway can offer, including locomotives, coaches and stations from the 1880s right through until the mid-1950s.

Come along and see the ‘small but mighty’ engines at their best.


Tickets can be bought online for an advance discount. Alternatively, you can buy tickets on the day but these tickets will not qualify for an advance discount.

1 day 2-day 3-day
Advance (Online Only) Adult  £23.00  £36.80  £50.60
Child  £11.50  £18.40  £25.30
Family (2+3)  £57.50  £92.00  £126.50
BPRS Member Adult  £11.50  £18.40  £25.30
BPRS Member Child  £5.75  £9.20  £12.65
BPRS Member Family (2+3)  £28.75  £46.00  £63.25
On the Day Adult  £27.00  £43.20  £59.40
Child  £13.50  £21.60  £29.70
Family (2+3)  £67.50  £108.00  £148.50
BPRS Member Adult  £13.50  £21.60  £29.70
BPRS Member Child  £6.75  £10.80  £14.85
BPRS Member Family (2+3)  £33.75  £54.00  £74.25

Find out more about our 2020 events here.

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