Volunteer on the KWVR

On Friday 31st March, thousands watched the KWVR special from Keighley to Carlisle and return and thousands more visited RAIL STORY at Ingrow on 1st & 2nd April and travelled behind the world’s most famous locomotive from Keighley to Oxenhope between 3rd and 9th April.

Have you ever wondered how many volunteers it takes to bring 60103 to the Worth Valley or keep the Railway’s engines, carriages, stations and the railway itself in tip-top condition? The answer is well over 500 throughout the year. On the left you have the clean, neat and tidy team that gave service on the excursion to Carlisle. On the right are the “boys” at home getting down and dirty to ensure that 43924 is ready for the passenger service on the KWVR. And in between we have an army working on all sorts of jobs, just to keep the KWVR on track and you, the passenger, happy.

But we need more. So if you have enjoyed the ‘big, green machine’ why not come and help us keep the Railway running for many generations to come. Our volunteers are from all walks of life and some give as little as one day a month to one day a week. There a job to suit everyone and even a job you didn’t know you had in you – used to an office job all his working life, Bob didn’t know his passion was needle gunning!

 

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Diesel & Ale Day 27th May

Having proved very popular since their introduction in 2015, the Railway will once again be operating big diesel locomotive hauled trains, ALL DAY on the last Saturday of the month, April through to September, in addition to our usual steam hauled service.

This year, we are introducing Diesel and Ale days for every one of these Saturdays, when the diesel hauled train will be sponsored by local breweries.

On the lead up to our big Steam and Ale Trail event on 10th and 11th June, this Saturday 27th May diesel service will be sponsored by Wilsden based ‘Bingley Brewery’ when hand pulled beer will be drawn exclusively from their range of ales in our on train bar.

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FIND TIME TO STOP AT INGROW…

…. where Ingrow West Station and Yard have been transformed into RAIL STORY – a collaborative plan between the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway, the Vintage Carriages Trust and the Bahamas Locomotive Society to develop the site progressively giving visitors greater opportunities to learn about and understand about the preservation and conservation of our railway heritage. RAIL STORY is open every day throughout the year, except Christmas Day, from 11.00 to 16.00.

The largest of the two museums is the Museum of Rail Travel which has a display of beautifully restored railway coaches from an era gone by. All the coaches are accessible with video presentations describing the travelling experience you would have had if going by train all those years ago.

The old goods shed at Ingrow is now the home of the Bahamas Locomotive Society who have established Ingrow Loco. Here you will find locomotives, displays, exhibits, and archive film which combine to create a story of the steam locomotive and the people involved in their manufacture, operation and maintenance. This museum is open weekends and selected days in summer.

The Keighley & Worth Valley is unique in that most of our trains convey a real-ale buffet car, serving real-ale from traditional hand pumps. The buffet car also serves tea, coffee and a selection of soft drinks & snacks – but it’s the real-ale that is the real treat for our passengers.

The Railway mainly uses local breweries, but we have often have specialist craft ales from breweries further afield. There can be up to three separate real-ales on board – we usually try to at least have two!

If you are in the area when trains are not running, or you need a snack to start your day during train running days, then the staff at the Oxenhope Buffet, situated on the platform in a Mark1 buffet carriage, will be happy to serve you with a nice hot bacon or sausage butty to get you off to a fine start to the day. So fill up your tenders and replenish your tanks with a good hearty roll and a hot drink to make sure your day gets off to a good start.

Or when you are ready for lunch, drop by to top up your reserves with some good honest Yorkshire pie and peas, washed down by a bottle of pop or hot drink or, if trains are running, something from the on-board bar where hand pulled real ale is served all day on selected trains.

Jubilee Bar – a venue with a difference

Do you have that special occasion coming up, be it a special birthday, engagement party, retirement or even looking for somewhere to hold your corporate event? The Keighley & Worth Valley Railway may well just have what you’re looking for and with something a little bit different from your normal venue.

Built as a standard Mark1 Open Corridor coach, the coach has been converted into a bar car, painted in mock-Pullman livery to complement the Pullman carriages and fitted with an authentic bar salvaged from a public house in Leeds. Named ‘The Jubilee Bar’ to commemorate the Queen’s Silver Jubilee in 1977, this coach is perfect for a party requiring their own private bar.

Great Northern Outpost, Volume 2

Now in stock at our Book Shop at Haworth Station, Volume 2 of Great Northern Outpost covers the Halifax, Thornton & Keighley Railway, which of course includes our own Keighley Station and the line from Keighley to Halifax and Bradford via Queensbury.

This new companion volume provides full colour coverage of the Halifax, Thornton and Keighley Railway for the first time. The Halifax & Ovenden and the Halifax High Level Railway, a later addition to the local network, are also featured. Much of the information presented in the book and the vast majority of the images have never been published previously.

 

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