The Sparkle & Steam train is a one-of-a-kind experience perfect for any prosecco lover. On Saturday 21st July we will be running the Jubilee carriage along the beautiful 5 mile stretch from Oxenhope to Keighley, with connoisseurs, Prosecco-ecco and to make the day all the more perfect, you will be served a delicious afternoon tea to enjoy whilst taking in the beautiful views alongside the tracks.
Despite the continued hot weather and steam bans elsewhere, the KWVR continues to operate steam hauled services and this weekend sees 75078 at the head of the main service train, assisted in the rear by 20 031. 43924 will be at the head of the Vintage Train on Sunday and the 'Ivatt' tank 41241 hauls its first service trains since…
The 50th Anniversary Gala has been a huge success but now we return to our 'normal' operation with our 4 train weekday service which this week will be hauled by 43924
50 years in the making, the re-opened Keighley and Worth Valley Railway is only 1 week away from being 50 years old. To celebrate this momentous occasion we have in store the most ambitious Gala ever held on the Railway when no less than EIGHTEEN different steam and diesel locomotives will operate passenger services over the Oxenhope branch from Keighley…
It is a mixture of locomotives in action over the weekend with the steam locomotives in the shape of 75078 and 45212, which arrives on Tuesday, and mainline diesel locomotive 50 035 'Ark Royal' which arrived on the KWVR this week.
Vintage Train Sundays
Every Sunday from the 8th July t0 the 5th August 2018 the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway will once again see the Railway offering passengers the chance to travel as our forebears did over 100 years ago with our Vintage Train service that will be operating on several Sundays during the warmer summer months.
On some of those Sundays you will have the opportunity to ride on board the Old Gentleman’s Saloon made famous in the iconic film based on the KWVR, The Railway Children.
Keep an eye on the website to see what locomotive and coaches will be operating each Sunday.
Diesel & Ale Saturdays
Having proved very popular since their Introduction in 2015, the Railway will once again be operating big diesel locomotive hauled trains ALL DAY on selected Saturdays, May through to September.
As with last year the days will be sponsored by local breweries, so join us on these days when there will be a Diesel Hauled service ALL DAY in addition to our usual steam hauled service.This service operates in addition to the steam train service. Starting at 09.00 from Oxenhope, the train offers 6 round trips of the line, finishing back at Oxenhope at 17.25.
Ivatt 41241 Stay Appeal
On the 29th June the KWVR celebrates 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, although the restoration has reached its climax with a return to service on the 24th June, the restoration fund is still open to cover the final costs.
Help us bridge the gap in funding 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.