Ingrow

Ingrow West is the first station along the line after leaving Keighley. The area once boasted two stations, Ingrow West on the Worth Valley branch and Ingrow East on the now closed Great Northern Railway line to Halifax and Bradford. The site is much changed from that of pre-preservation era and is now home to RAIL STORY.

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Large free car park
On the main A629 road
Level but cobbled access
Toilets
Museum of Rail Travel – Vintage Carriages Trust
Ingrow Loco -The Bahamas Locomotives Society

 

The original Ingrow (West) station building was badly vandalised between the time the Keighley to Oxenhope Branch line closed in 1961 and its re-opening in 1968. The new Company could not use the station and all that could be done was to keep it tidy and use it as an unstaffed request stop.  The photograph below shows the original Ingrow West building in the late 1960s, after BR closure but before the KWVR re-opening. Compare this with the image at the head of this page.

Ingrow-1968'2-RPoTwenty years later the Society made an appeal for donations from the membership for funds for a project to purchase a new station building. The amount that was needed was greater than the sum total of all donations that had been received since 1962.

Remarkably, funding was offered from a private individual, Geoffrey Reeday whose father had been born near to the station. Bradford Council was happy to facilitate the provision of a workforce in concert with the Manpower Services Commission. A perfect building was located from Foulridge, which closed in 1959, on the Skipton to Colne line. The building was dismantled, transported to Ingrow and rebuilt stone by stone.

The main benefactor was Mr Geoffrey Reeday, who dedicated the Foundation Stone to the memory of his father who had frequently used the station. The station was opened in 1989 by Baron Ingrow, formerly Sir John Taylor of the well-known local brewing family, who was then the Lord-Lieutenant of West Yorkshire.

As you will see along your journey of the line, the station building is of similar architectural style to the other Worth Valley stations, and it blends into the Railway well.

If you look to the end of the platform you will see the entrance to a 150 yard tunnel. Immediately at the other end of this tunnel on the right, was Cloughs Mill, now a housing estate, which had a private siding up until the closure of the branch. Ingrow is also home to two superb museums now operating under the title of RAIL STORY, Museum of Rail Travel, operated by the Vintage Carriages Trust and Ingrow Loco run by the Bahamas Locomotive Society.

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RAIL STORY results from 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.
On the Ingrow site the three parties to this new exciting development each have their own presence. As well as the Station, operated by the KWVR, there is the Museum of Rail Travel (Vintage Carriages Trust) and Ingrow Loco (Bahamas Locomotive Society).

 

Museum of Rail Travel

 
You will find the Museum of Rail Travel at the very far end of the Ingrow West Station site, 200 yards from the main entrance. You don’t have to be a railway enthusiast to enjoy the delights of this museum which houses several beautifully restored Victorian and Edwardian carriages. Throughout the museum there are displays of signs, posters and small exhibits from the railway of yesteryear now swept away as modernisation gripped the railway network.

Visitors can sit in the carriages and imagine what rail travel used to be like as sound and video presentations help bring the past to life and experience travel as it used to be in days gone by. See the differences between 1st, 2nd and 3rd class and imagine how it used to be for the masses as the gentry rode in exquisite luxury. Items from the Vintage Carriages Trust Collection have appeared in over 60 productions including South Riding, Cranford, North and South and Sons and Lovers and, most recently, filming took place of Testament of Youth, a major feature film to be released in 2015. There is also a shop selling a wide range of railwayana, magazines, books, model railway items as well as refreshments and ice creams.
 

Ingrow Loco

 
Walk past the station booking hall entrance, the first building was, in years gone by, the goods shed. But now, it has been converted into a museum and locomotive maintenance and restoration centre for the Bahamas Locomotive Society. This unusual name arises from this Society (which is wholly independent from the KWVR) having saved former LMS ‘Jubilee’ class locomotive ‘Bahamas’, after which it went on to acquire quite a number of additional locomotives, including the very famous ex LNWR ‘Coal Tank’ number 1054).

The exhibition in the Museum has been created so you may follow a route, indicated by numbers on the panels, and take a brief journey through aspects of railway history. You will be able to understand something of the pastimes of trainspotting and playing with model train sets, and how these hobbies gave rise to today’s railway enthusiasts and eventually the formation of the heritage railway movement. Climbing the spiral staircase (or taking the lift) to the first floor, the visitor enters the Motive Power Department. lt is here you will discover a story of the steam locomotive, how it was built and by whom, how it functions, and the drivers and firemen who operated them.

For more information about RAIL STORY, visit the RAIL STORY’s own dedicated website >>>.