Keighley & Worth Valley Railway

Keighley & Worth Valley Railway

Ivatt Mickey Mouse at Haworth Station
Ivatt Mickey Mouse 2-6-2T No.41241 at Haworth Station

(Picture above: © Copyright Kevin Rushton and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.)

The Keighley & Worth Valley Railway is Standard Gauge Railway Running from Keighley to Oxenhope, a distance of 5 miles.

Route

Keighley

Keighley is the Northern Terminus of the line. It is owned by Network Rail, and the lease Platforms 2 & 3! Northern Rail lease Platforms 1 & 2 which lies beside the KWVR. As are all the Stations on the KWVR the station is restored to very high standards. A very mainline feel to this station. Leaving Keighley the locomotive has to tackle the gruelling Gradient out of the station.

Ingrow West

Ingrow West is a Request Halt, during the time the Railway was closed the original Station building was badly vandalized, it was un-savable.

There is a museum of Rail Travel here!

Damems

Is Famous as being the Smallest Station in Britain.

It was originally built to serve a small mill. It is a great place to alight to go for walks!

Oakworth

Oakworth, most famous for being used as the station in the 1970 film The Railway Children!

There is A single line and platform. A certain special event is held here, where you can walk in the footsteps of Mr Perks from The Railway Children, doing such things as opening ans closing the Crossing gates etc.

Haworth

This is where the Railway has their engine shed and Works, this is viewable from the viewing area, there is also a picnic area, and a connecting Bus service takes you to the Haworth Parsonage & Old Village. (Bus service runs on Summer Sundays only!)

Oxenhope

Is the Southern Terminus of the line. Here there is a gift shop, Buffet and Picnic Area.

The Village Centre is only a few minutes walk away, once a bustling Market town. The locomotive takes on water here to.

TV

Of course the KWVR is famous for it’s participation in many TV programs and Films!

The most famous being The Railway Children, but it’s appeared in a lot TV shows, such as The Last of the Summer Wine, Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ’em and Poirot to name but a few!

Trains

The Railway has a wealth of locomotives and Rolling Stock, most of which are of LMS origin. Both Tank Engines and Tender Engines are used on the line, normally hauling 4 or 5 coaches.

Also mainly during Galas, there is a Vintage Train.

Website: http://www.kwvr.co.uk/

Line Length: 5 miles

Operating Dates: See Website

Operational Locomotives:

  • BR Standard 4 2-6-4T No.80002
  • BR Ivatt 2-6-2T No.41241
  • L&YR Class 25 0-6-0 No.957
  • LMS Jinty 0-6-0T No.47279
  • WD Austerity 2-8-0 No.90733
  • BR 08 0-6-0 No.08266
  • Prototype 0-6-0No.D266 Vulcan
  • Huddswell Clarke 0-6-0 No.D2511
  • Hunslet 0-6-0 No.D32 Huskisson
  • Huddswell Clarke 0-6-0 No.23 Merlin
  • BR class 25 Bo-Bo No.25059
  • BR Class 20 Bo-Bo No.20031
  • Waggon & Maschinenbau 4w Nos.M79964 & E79962
  • Class 108 DMU Nos.50928 & 51565
  • Class 101 DMU Nos.51803 & 51189

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