Look out of your carriage window after leaving Ingrow Tunnel, past the new housing development and, as the industrial confines of Keighley give way to the hills of the Worth Valley, you will see the River Worth meandering beneath the Railway on its way from the Pennine foothills to the Aire Valley.
At this point you are now passing over Bridge 11.
Over the years Bridge 11’s surroundings have changed. As can be seen in these early images, factories stood either side of the tracks
With the factories gone, replaced by housing either side of the track, in recent times, the bridge has seen the passage of regular branchline trains and the visit of prestigious locomotives like ‘Flying Scotsman’, ‘Royal Scot’ and, in 2019, the prototype High Speed Train.
But from the images below, you will see, although currently safe for the passage of trains, it is not in the best of health.
And look below, you can see the deterioration that has taken place since this bridge was rebuilt many years ago.
The bridge will be replaced with a new concrete deck that has been cast in readiness for the replacement to take place in Spring 2020.
WE NEED YOUR HELP!
The Railway recently spent in excess of £125,000 stabilising the banking by Ebor Lane bridge (the bridge where the cast gather at the end of ‘The Railway Children’) with a further £40,000 to be spent this year. And now, this major bridge needs replacement at a cost of £120,000.
This appeal is seeking to raise the money required through our charitable partner, the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway Trust (Registered Charity Number 1032933), the body that raises funds for major capital projects, not financed through our normal revenue streams.
Can you help?
£120,000 is a considerable amount to spend and we would like your help to raise the necessary finance for this important project to safeguard the future of the Railway.
Please donate as little, or as much, as you can afford via the link below to the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF).
or send a donation cheque to The Treasurer, KWVR Trust (Bridge Funding Appeal), The Railway, Station, Haworth, Keighley, BD22 8NJ