Easter on the Railway

Full steam ahead for the Easter holiday period.

Throughout the Easter period the Railway will be operating steam trains every day.

In addition during the holiday, 30th & 31st March and 1st, 2nd & 7th – 10th April, a vintage bus service, possibly open-top in good weather, will be operating between Haworth, Oxenhope and Ingrow. Check out the ORANGE timetable for times of both trains and buses.

Make the most of your day by buying a Green Day Rover Ticket or Family Rover ticket which gives you the train ride and the tour of the area on the vintage bus plus free entry to the Museum of Rail Travel at Ingrow. Great value for a full day’s outing for you and your family in the Worth Valley.

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In the May 2015 half term holiday, the Railway will have a special visitor. Following the success of the Studiocanal feature film PADDINGTON™, the world famous bear from Peru will be making a guest appearance on Tuesday 26th, Wednesday 27th and Thursday 28th May 2015.

Paddington will be making personal appearances at intervals both at Keighley and Oxenhope throughout each day. In addition there will be children’s activities at Ingrow West Station.

Trains & The Railway

Over 30 steam and diesel  locomotives are based at the KWVR. Most can be seen by visitors, but some are housed away from public view whilst under restoration for future use. In addition the railway has a large fleet of carriages for daily use and a selection of wagons from a bygone era. The Railway maintains a fleet of about 5 or 6 ‘working’ steam locomotives, with a rolling programme of maintenance and overhauls for another 4 or 5 engines so that we can keep a steady fleet of working engines. whilst others are stored at Oxenhope in our Exhibition Hall.

At Ingrow the award-winning Museum of Rail Travel has a superb collection of historic vehicles and in addition, the Bahamas Locomotive Society have their base in the old Midland Railway goods shed where the excellent Ingrow Loco Museum is housed.

The Railway maintains a fleet of about 5 or 6 ‘working’ steam locomotives, with a rolling programme of maintenance and overhauls for another 4 or 5 engines so that we can keep a steady fleet of working engines.

Click to see which is scheduled to haul trains soon…

Producers have found that the  Keighley and Worth Valley Railway is a wonderful location for Film and TV productions offering a range of locations in a compact 5 mile railway line, offering period scenes covering 100 years from 1860 – 1960.

The Railway has become synonymous with the 1970′s film ‘The Railway Children’. However, the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway has featured on-screen since 1966 so has well over 40 years’ experience as a location, playing host to many television dramas and feature productions. Feature films include Yanks (1979, Universal); Jude (1996, BBC Films): Fairy Tale: A True Story (1997, Icon Entertainment); Brideshead Revisited (2007, Ecosse Films), and Selfish Giant (2013); and more recently the cinematic adaptation of Vera Brittain’s WW1 iconic and powerful memoir, Testament Of Youth.

The steep gradient up the Worth Valley has been a challenge for locomotives ever since the line opened on 15th April 1867. The five mile journey is a powerful reminder of our industrial heritage, as well as being a unique way of enjoying the beautiful countryside immortalised by Charlotte, Emily and Anne Brontë.

When British Railways closed the line in 1962, local people and railway enthusiasts joined forces to try and save it. A Preservation Society was formed and after many years of volunteer struggle the line re-opened to passenger traffic on 29th June 1968.

Oxenhope Buffet

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.

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