SAY Video – KWVR 50th Anniversary Gala

June 2018 saw the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway celebrate its 50th Anniversary of hauling passenger services along the picturesque 5 mile route between Keighley and Oxenhope. The pioneering spirit of those early preservationists and of the achievements of the volunteers that have followed in their footsteps were celebrated in style with and 8-day Gala capturing the achievements of those 50 years.

Keighley & Worth Valley Railway 50th Anniversary DVD

First opened in 1867, the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway was built to serve the mill owners and small towns of the Worth Valley. The railway continued to run until the 30th December 1961 when British Railways withdrew passenger services, regular freight services continued to operate until the 18th June 1962.

Having closed to regular traffic, one final service ran on the 23rd June 1962 to celebrate the newly formed Keighley and Worth Valley Railway Preservation Society, whom chartered a special passenger train from Bradford to Oxenhope and return. After this train the section between Oxenhope and Ingrow Junction was completely closed. A preservation society was formed in 1962 of rail enthusiasts and local people which bought the line from British Railways and reopened it on 29th June 1968 as a heritage railway.

Running under cloudless skies, the railway celebrated their 50th Anniversary with an 8-day long gala showcasing all that they’ve achieved as a Railway over the last 50 years. From humble beginnings with smaller engines, to bigger steam locomotives and diesels.

The 8-day long gala ran from the 24th June to 1st July featured several different events with, with 9 steam locomotives and 9 diesel locomotives operating on various days, allowing each day to celebrate a different piece of history and achievement of our pioneering Railway.

Running for over 100 minutes, this is an all action packed tribute to the spectacle the Railway volunteers were proud to bring to this beautiful valley in West Yorkshire. Priced at £12.95, the video is available from Haworth Shop and other station shops when trains are running. Or call the shop on 01535 640464 to order your copy.

This is a 10 minute taster of the 100 minute video.