Railway Children Bank Holiday Celebration

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Railway Children Bank Holiday Celebration

August 30

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An event every day that begins at 12:00 am, repeating until August 29, 2021

An event every day that begins at 12:00 am, repeating until August 30, 2021

August Bank Holiday – A Weekend of Special Celebrations

The Keighley & Worth Valley Railway is well known for starring in the 1970 film ‘The Railway Children’. 2020 marked the film’s 50th Anniversary, and as everyone knows, that had to be cancelled because of COVID19. But in 2021 that isn’t stopping us celebrating this wonderful iconic film that shot the KWVR into international stardom in 1970.

We end our season of celebrations with a weekend of special events to bring to the event to a triumphant close.

Our Bank Holiday ‘The Railway Children Celebrations’ Finale | Saturday 28th – Monday 30th August 2021

Steam hauled trains throughout the weekend and your chance to hop on and hop off at each of our stations to experience the events going on right across the Railway, knowing it won’t be too long until the next train.

The newly restored no. ‘957’ the ‘Green Dragon’ from the original 1970’s film will be in service (subject to its restoration to running order be completed). Also some carriages used in the original film will make an appearance during the weekend – being of advanced years, they cannot be used every day.

And our stations, especially Oakworth, will take centre stage alongside our locomotives and coaches.

Download Weekend Timetable (PDF)

Celebrations around the Railway

Oakworth

For many years Oakworth, always well presented by the Station team there, was a quiet country station with little activity, but this Summer will take centre stage following its role in the new film, ‘Return of the Railway Children’.

Enjoy the sights and sounds of a revitalised Oakworth station take a ‘self-led’ tour of our beautifully preserved Midland Railway station! Complete with original gas lighting, a fully operational weigh bridge hut and the iconic Station featured throughout the film

And look out for Mr. Perks who will be going about his duties, just as he did in the film.

Oxenhope

Oxenhope station is ready to welcome you back. Takeaway refreshments will be available from the reopened Buffet Car on the platform or take the opportunity to enjoy our children’s play park.

The Exhibition Shed, where for many years we stored our out of use locomotives has been used for filming in the new ‘Return of the Railway Children’ film. Part of the shed will have some of the sets specially built for the latest film and you can view the displays and set pieces alongside the unforgettable Pannier Tank, no. 5775, from the original film. (Wave those red bloomers and take a snap for the archives.)

Keighley

A starting point for many who journey on the KWVR, Keighley has been transformed into a destination in its own right.

Whilst you wait for your train, take a look at the new interactive displays on Platform 4. In the waiting room our younger guests can can find out about the history of telecommunications or print a historic and commemorative ticket from the now obsolete ticketing machine – a relic of days gone by.

Our trains depart from Platform 4 and few have had reason to venture over to Platform 3. But this is all about to change. In the triangle between Platform 3 and Keighley mainline Platform 2 is an area was devoid of attractions throughout its preservation life. Not any more!

Like their counterparts across the Railway, the Keighley team have been hard at work transforming the it into a picnic area with a newly grassed viewing area, new picnic benches and now with its very own outside bar and, for the duration of our celebrations an outside cinema screen is showing the original ‘The Railway Children’ film – a superb way to while away those minutes waiting for your train. Check on times at the station.

… and don’t worry about missing your train, its pending departure will be announced clearly by our staff – and don’t forget, this Bank Holiday there will be another one not far behind.

Ingrow

Known for its award winning Ingrow Loco and Museum of Rail Travel, Ingrow, known originally as Ingrow West (Ingrow East being on the adjacent line to Bradford and Halifax) will play host to demonstrations by our Grafton Steam Crane. Demonstrations will take place across the weekend, Saturday, Sunday & Monday regularly between 10:00 & 16:00..

Take a look inside the Learning Coach on the platform where there will a 29ft (almost 9 metres) model of Oakworth Station – opening times will be advised on the day.

Children's Treasure Trail

When you arrive at the ticket office, ask the Booking Clerk for a Treasure Trail information sheet. You’ll find questions to be answer at every station (except Damems).

With a Gold or Silver rover ticket you can hop on and off as many times as you like throughout the day. Complete all the answers and collect your prize before leaving the Railway.

Vintage Train services

Vintage Trains throughout the weekend

Over the weekend we will be operating a selection of our collection of vintage coaches, many of which date back to Victorian times and rarely see public use. These carriages, some of which appeared in the film, form part of the Railway’s museum collection and include examples from the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Trust (L&YRT) and the Vintage Carriages Trust (VCT) which have been restored to pristine condition.

Upgrade to First Class by purchasing a Gold Rover ticket and enjoy the opulence of the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Blackpool Club Car that a century ago whisked businessmen from their homes on the coast to the hustle and bustle of Edwardian Manchester.

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Prices and services

Gold Ticket

Available at weekends only

A GOLD Ticket gives you freedom of the Railway with unlimited travel for a whole day and all the benefits of the Silver Rover PLUS

An upgrade to FIRST CLASS, and travel in the luxury not afforded to the ‘lower’ classes of Victorian or Edwardian era. On the Vintage Train travel on board the Blackpool Club Car, built in 1912 for the exclusive use of businessmen commuting between Blackpool and Manchester.

Gold Rover Prices

  • Adult – £20
  • Concessions – £17
  • Children (aged 5 – 15) – £10
  • Children (under 5) – Free
  • One adult or concession plus ONE child £25
  • Two adults or concession plus up to THREE children £50

You can now save 10% on Day Rover Tickets when you purchase them online and 7 days or more in advance.

 

Book your GOLD ticket now!

Silver Ticket

Available every day

A Silver Ticket gives you freedom of the Railway with unlimited travel for a whole day – allowing you to break your journey and travel about as you please. Includes entry to the new exhibition areas at Oakworth Station and the ‘Luggage Shed’ and access to the yard area displays , Oxenhope Exhibition shed and he associated displays and to the award winning Museum of Rail Travel, and the Bahamas Locomotive Society’s ‘Ingrow Loco’ exhibition – both at Ingrow West Station. Ideal for those wanting the complete day out.

Silver Rover Prices

  • Adult – £18
  • Concessions – £15
  • Children (aged 5 – 15) – £9
  • Children (under 5) – Free
  • One adult or concession plus ONE child £22
  • Two adults or concession plus up to THREE children £44

You can now save 10% on Day Rover Tickets when you purchase them online and 7 days or more in advance.

 

Book your SILVER ticket now!