50 Years of Santa Specials

In 1965 before the Railway re-opened, the founding fathers of the railway ran the first Santa Special – a humble brake van carried Santa from Haworth Yard to Haworth Station.

Now 50 years later we are celebrating this momentous event that set the trend for preservation societies across the Country to celebrate the Festive Season.

This year’s Santa Specials on Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th November, will be a celebration of those 50 years when, not only will Santa travel on the train handing out his festive goodwill, but we will also be having a special fancy dress party on the train with competitions and additional entertainers.

So why not join us on our celebration weekend, for some extra festive fun.

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Christmas Presents Galore at the KWVR

Be like Santa and shop at Haworth.

He’s really spoilt for choice!

Whether it is one of the latest railway books, DVDs, or the choice of latest model locos or rolling stock from Bachmann, Farish or Hornby. Santa knows where to come.

Want the best in railway themed calendars and Christmas cards? You’ve come to the right place.

And for the little train enthusiasts, Santa fills his sleigh for the little ones with great railway toys for children. Lots of Thomas items as well as traditional wooden trains from Big Jigs.

Along the line

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.

We publish every week in our News section, the guest ales that are on offer from the buffet car.

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.

No visit to the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway would be complete without stopping of at the 2 museums at Ingrow (West).

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 museum is open every day throughout the year, except Christmas Day, from 11.00 to 16.00.

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.

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.

Carol Service Train

Once featured on BBC Songs of Praise, we are taking bookings for this year’s Carol Service train on Saturday 19th December. The steam hauled train starts from Oxenhope and stops at all the main stations for readings and Carols before returning to Oxenhope non-stop.

To book you place, call Haworth Station 10.00 – 16.00 Monday – Friday, 01535 645214. This train books up fast, so don’t hesitate, book now!

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