Donations keep the wheels turning

Thanks to our 500+ volunteers, the KWVR takes the public and enthusiasts back to the magic age of steam travel. The income from tickets to travel and sales in our cafés and shops help us to provide the passenger services day-to-day. But there are many more costs that keep the wheels of our trains turning.

As well as this income, it is essential that the Railway raises substantial, additional funds to maintain its infrastructure and rolling stock. The locomotive that pulls the train and the carriages you travel in not to mention the locomotives and carriages need constant maintenance and overhaul, not to mention that the Railway is over 150 years old and our bridges, viaducts, tunnels, track and buildings all need to be kept in good order.

Donating to the KWVR

Keighley & Worth Valley Railway Preservation Society

The Keighley & Worth Valley Railway Preservation Society is a registered charity, registered charity number 1136853. Working under the umbrella of the Preservation Society, it is the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway Ltd. that runs the trains, cafés and retail outlets, collects the fares and maintains the locomotives, carriages, tracks and all the structures that make up the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway.

In addition, as a charity, the Preservation Society collects donations from far and wide to help us with the ongoing provision of steam operated passenger services. If you are a UK tax payer, we can also collect an addition amount from the Government by way of you Gift Aid, an important additional source of funds for the Railway.

The Railway gratefully accepts all forms of donations – with the aim of supporting the maintenance and protection of the structures, buildings, plant, locomotives, rolling stock and equipment of the Railway.

How you can donate to the KWVR

By Cheque

With online banking now taking an increasing share of how we pay and make contributions, it is is still good to know that we can all still make payments by cheque.

If you would like to make a donation to the KWVR, make your cheque payable to the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway Preservation Society, and send it with a letter (we like to know who you are *, and if there is something special to which you would like to contribute) to:

Administration Department
Keighley & Worth Valley Railway
Railway Station
West Yorkshire
BD22 8NJ

* We often receive cheques with no name and address and although we are grateful for all contributions, we do like to write back and thank the donor for their kindness.

A single Donation or donate regularly by Direct Debit Online

More and more people are using internet banking and you can now make a single donation or set up a regular direct debit to the KWVR online.


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As the COVID-19 virus took hold, here on the KWVR passenger trains and events were cancelled, shop and café facilities closed, so we launched the ‘Worth Saving’ Appeal and, thanks to the generosity of our supporters, our Appeal target was reached and surpassed. Thanks to the magnificent efforts of our volunteers and staff, we re-opened to the public on the 19th August and we have further plans to extend our operations through to the end of the year and beyond into 2021.

Massive challenges lie ahead, not least that it is very likely that we will not see normal visitor levels until well into 2021 (or even 2022) as social distancing, not only reduces our capacity to carry the number of passengers to make the Railway sustainable into the future, but also affects the attitude of you, our visitors, to actually venture out and travel by train once again.

So the COVID-19 challenges continue and will affect us for many months to come. Knowing that the ‘Worth Saving’ Appeal would be insufficient on its own, the Railway sought outside funding and grants. The success of our applications, which included a £60,000 grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund and a £30,000 from the KWVR Trust, has increased the total sum raised to in excess of £350,000.

However choppy waters lie ahead and we will continue to need your support well into the future and, for that reason, our ‘Worth Saving’ appeal will remain open for your donations to the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway.