50th Anniversary Gala – Behind the Scenes Tours and a Summer’s Evening Stroll

The KWVR is well known for its behind the scenes guided tours, delivered by knowledgeable witty guides who tell it like it is. For the anniversary week we are not only offering the usual tours of the Locomotive Shed and Workshops at Haworth but also a chance to look at the Carriage Shed, Workshops and the Exhibition Shed at Oxenhope.

Oxenhope & Haworth KWVR Tour

Tours of Haworth Locomotive Works

Encounter the excitement and nostalgia of the Haworth’s renowned locomotive works, with its distinctive sounds and smells, get up close to our fleet of Steam and Diesel locomotives with knowledgeable commentary from your experienced guide

Any, or all, of the current stock may be seen including:
BR Standard 4 75078, USATC S160 5820, and Midland Railway 4F 43924 from the operating fleet and BR Standard 2 78022 and Lancashire and Yorkshire ‘Ironclad’ 0-6-0 no. 957, The Green Dragon in the film The Railway Children, undergoing restoration – and maybe more. Plus the members of our diesel locomotive fleet, all of which are stabled here when not in use.

These fascinating, behind the scenes, tours start from the Booking Hall at Haworth Station and will last for approximately 45 – 60 minutes.

Oxenhope Carriage Shed, Workshops and Exhibition Shed

The carriage shed and workshops are generally not open to the public, but to showcase the achievements of the Railway over its 50 years, tours are being offered on the first FOUR days of the Gala. You will see at first hand the work being undertaken on our carriage fleet and see the facility where our in-service fleet of coaches are stored when not in use.

Although the Exhibition Shed is open to the public on a regular basis, on these 4 days, a guide will be on hand to talk you through the exhibits inside.

Tours at both Haworth and Oxenhope are limited in numbers, so places will be allocated on a first come basis. Each tour will take about an hour and is timed to meet the arrival of a southbound (uphill)  train at Haworth or Oxenhope. For all Tours, please assemble in the appropriate station booking office.

Tour Times:

Haworth

  • 24th June – 11.40, 13.00 and 15.30
  • 25th, 26th & 27th June – 12.20 and 15.50
  • 28th June – 14.00
  • 29th June – Sorry, no tours today as we are celebrating.
  • 30th June – 10.35, 12.10, 14.00 and 15.55
  • 1st July – 10.05, 11.40, 13.10, 14.50 and 16.30

Oxenhope

  • 24th June – 10.10 and 13.40
  • 25th, 26th & 27th June – 14.25

A couple of tour rules

Health and safety are paramount on any railway and the KWVR is no different. These tours involve walking on uneven and slippery surfaces, and includes steps. For this reason, it is not suitable for those with mobility problems. Regretfully open toed shoes are not permitted.

Please be aware that because this is both a hazardous and a working environment, tours may have to be curtailed or cancelled without notice. Children under 16, therefore, MUST be accompanied by a responsible adult. Access to the sheds is only permitted for authorised groups who must remain together at all times.

Summer’s Evening Stroll

On the evening of Thursday 28th June at 19.00 we are providing a two-hour guided walk from Haworth through Murgatroyd Wood and Mytholmes, covering the present and former rail routes between Haworth and Oakworth. The old route was abandoned in 1892, but both can still be seen if you know where to look and we do! There is lots of railway, local and industrial archaeology and history to see and learn about which is hardly known by anyone other than the Railway’s historians. The walk is designed particularly to provide interest for visitors who are staying overnight in  Haworth for the celebrations on 29th June, of which there are many, but anyone is, of course, welcome.

Participants should assemble at Haworth Station  by 19.00.

There is no charge for any of the above, but we do ask guests to consider making a Gift Aided donation, usually in the region of £5 to the KWVR Charity (no 1136853). As the restoration of Ivatt Tank 41241 nears completion, all donations will go towards the funding of this KWVR iconic locomotive’s overhaul.