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!
The Carriage Works is home to one of the finest collections of restored railway carriages in the country and is a must-see when you are visiting the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway. You will pass through the shop at the beginning and end of your visit so you can purchase any souvenirs then.
As you enter the museum there are a number of doors on the left hand side, hidden away behind the Magazine Room door is the most magnificent collection of historical railway magazines. You can simply browse and most are also for sale if you want to take home a real piece of history.
There is a great selection of general railway memorabilia decorating the museum walls plus a selection of old railway signs, timetables and much more, which will take you back to an era when the railway ruled. Ahead of you is the workshop where you will regularly see volunteers working repairing carriages. Please feel free to stop and ask them any questions you may have.
Behind you, you will see a small staircase which leads up to our beautifully restored Vintage Carriages, telling the story of how people travelled in the past. The 1st and 3rd class carriages have starred in over 50 TV dramas and big screen films, the most recent being Swallows and Amazons released in 2016, but probably the most famous is The Railway Children. Climb aboard the coaches and sit where the film stars of past and present have acted out their roles.
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.
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.
More information about the Learning Coach and the education facilities it can offer, can be found on the can be found on the Ingrow Education Centre page of this website
- JOINT TICKET: purchased at either the Engine Shed or the Carriage Works – £4 per adult.
- FREE Admission for KWVR ROVER TICKET holders.
- Admission to the individual museums – Pay at the door – £2.50 per adult.
- Concessionary, Children’s and Group prices available.
Normally open, every day 11.00 hrs – 16.00 hrs, except Christmas day
Most parts of the site are accessible to wheelchairs and disabled visitors
Free car parking usually available on the site.
Also – throughout 2016 – Ingrow Yard will host a series of events. Please visit the KWVR website for details.