Food & Drink Festival

New for 2018, a two day Food and Drink Festival, bringing you the best of wonderful drinks and delicious food from around our region.

What a perfect pairing, steam trains and delicious food all washed down with great drinks. We will have something here which will cater for most people so there is no excuse not to come and join us. We will have different vendors selling their products on various stations. Read on for more information.

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Weekend Vacancy

There is a paid opportunity to join our catering department and be involved with on-train provision of food and drinks. We are looking for individuals with enthusiasm and time at weekends to work as on-train bar stewards.

Some experience with bar work is advantageous but not essential as full training will be given. If you are 18 or over and think you have what it takes to serve our passengers with on-train refreshments, follow the link below to read more.

8 Day 50th Anniversary gala, 24th - 1st July 2018

This is an event that both the public and enthusiasts will not want to miss. EIGHT days of celebration are likely to produce the most spectacular Gala the Railway has organised since the opening day in June 1968.

Our 50th Anniversary is a week long celebration showcasing all that we’ve done as a Railway over the last 50 years, from humble beginnings with smaller engines, to bigger locos and even diesels.

A recreation of the ‘Re-opening Special’ will take place on Friday 29th June, intended to have one of the original re-opening day locomotives at its head, Ivatt 2-6-2T 41241 resplendent in LMS Maroon livery, just as it carried in 1968.

Ivatt 41241 Stay Appeal

In just under 12 months time we will be celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the re-opening of the Worth Valley branch. Our lvatt 2-6-2T tank locomotive, 41241, was one of the 2 locomotives to haul that inaugural train and we are raising funds to restore the locomotive to working order in 2018 to takes part in marking this incredible milestone.

We have  a minimum of £35,000 still to raise to ensure that the locomotive takes it’s rightful place at the head of the celebration train. Help us to return 41241 return to steam in 2018 and join our Sponsor a Firebox Stay Appeal

 

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Along the line

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.

Almost 50 years ago the Railway was saved from obscurity by a relatively small group of very dedicated railway supporters.

From these small beginnings an extremely large and varied volunteer family has grown to operate and manage this leading preserved Railway. We are very proud of every single person who volunteers their time to keep this Railway where it is today. Whether it is driving a train or selling a visitor a ticket, without them our railway simply would not exist.

We are always looking to recruit more volunteers in every department. If you fancy giving it a go, just follow the link below for more information.

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