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. For more information about RAIL STORY, visit the dedicated RAIL STORY website
Open most days of the year – even when trains are not running – visitors can see a restored Railway Station which was originally at Foulridge on the Skipton to Colne line. It closed in 1959 and was moved stone by stone to Ingrow West opening in 1989. Some of the stones are still numbered to signify where they should go. Find out how all this happened. You might even find a real fire in the ticket area.
You can visit the Carriage Works – an Accredited Museum operated by the Vintage Carriages Trust – where you will find what is the probably the most comprehensive display of historic railway coaches in the UK, with many having featured in famous TV and film productions including ‘The Railway Children’. You can see coaches being carefully restored in the Workshop and even sit in the seats used by famous film stars!
Go in the Engine Shed where you can see engines under repair and being maintained such as the unique 1888-built LNWR ‘Coal Tank’ No. 1054 owned by the National Trust but restored and cared for since 1973 by the Bahamas Locomotive Society. This Accredited Museum also houses numerous displays and artefacts from the age of steam – try to find a piece of rail from the Cromford & High Peak Railway dating from the 1830’s and learn about “Bahamas”, our 135-ton express locomotive which is currently being overhauled so it can run once more on the main-line.
Free entry too with a Green Rover Ticket; otherwise a separate charge is made for each member of the party.
New for 2015 was the BLS ‘Learning Coach’ – adjacent to the Station – available for schools and other interest groups during the year. It will also house a varied programme of exhibitions of interest to all ages. Details can be found on the Bahamas Locomotive Society website, or 01535 690739 or 07825 632 123.
Also – throughout 2016 – Ingrow Yard will host a series of events. Please visit the KWVR website for details.