EXAMS are off for teenagers this summer – but not for a historic mobile crane based on Keighley’s heritage railway.

The Craven Crane owned by the Bahamas Locomotive Society has received its full steam and working exam, ready to resume work helping replace a bridge on the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway.

The 50-ton breakdown crane will lift heavy items as part of the £150,000 replacement of Bridge 11, near Ingrow West station.

The original 115-year-old bridge will be removed so a new one can be craned into place.

It was delivered to Ingrow in January and its eight parts were moved by rail to sit alongside the tracks ready for major work to begin.

The mobile crane was built at Craven Brothers in 1931 for the LMS Railway, and spent many years at Willesden.

It cleared wreckage from a rail disaster at Harrow and Wealdstone in 1952. It ended its career at Allerton, and was bought by the Bahamas Society, 1981.

Visit kwvr.co.uk/ingrow-bridge-appeal to donate to the appeal.

lCovid-19 continues to affect the railway and it remains closed for the foreseeable future.