Private Hire

A unique experience to celebrate in style

Due the current ongoing situation with COVID-19, Private Hire of our coaches is suspended until social distancing rules are sufficiently relaxed, but we do not anticipate Private Hire will return until well into 2021. Watch out on this website and social media.

Do you have a special occasion coming up, be it a special birthday, engagement party, wedding, retirement or even a corporate event?

Here at the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway we have a range of beautiful vintage carriages that could be perfect for your special event and take your guests on a never to be forgotten journey to celebrate this special time.

Your choice of Hire Coaches

Guide to private hire on the KWVR

You can see that on the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway we have a selection of historic coaches that can play host to your special occasion. The details of the coaches we can offer are listed below together with possible catering options and prices. If you would like to inquire about private carriage hire or have any questions please give us a call on 01535 645214 or email group.bookings@kwvr.co.uk

 

Information for Hiring on the KWVR

The Jubilee Bar Car

Introduction

Named ‘The Jubilee Bar’ to commemorate the Queen’s Silver Jubilee in 1977, the coach began life as a standard Mark 1 Open Corridor coach. In 1970 it was converted into a bar car with an authentic bar salvaged from a public house in Leeds. To complement the Pullman carriages that it is often paired with, it was painted in mock-Pullman livery tones. Today, it serves as the perfect vintage venue for any occasion.

Celebrate your special occasion amongst family and friends whilst you travel along the line through the beautiful Brontë countryside. As you board the Jubilee Bar carriage you can feel a true sense of heritage. It is the perfect way to make your day unique with elegance.

Additional information

The Jubilee Bar consists of two saloons.

One includes the bar where we can serve soft and alcoholic beverages to your guests. This area has standing room for around 15 – 20 people.

The second area can be left as an open space or furnished with tables and chairs to suit your preferences with space for around 24 guests. The saloons will be exclusive to you and your guests, no members of the public will be permitted to enter your privately hired carriage.

  • The Jubilee Bar coach accommodates up to 44 people, seating for 24 plus standing room for further 15 to 20 people.
  • The cost of the carriage includes a Day Rover Ticket for all your guests, therefore no additional tickets need to be purchased.
  • Everyone in your group must commence and end their journey at the same station.
  • The cost of drinks is additional to the cost of the hire.
  • Price includes a full day hire during the allotted timetable

If your party orders food with your booking, tablecloths will be provided at no extra charge. Additional decorative items such as flowers and table centres can be brought by event organisers.

The bar itself has four fully working hand pumps, meaning you can choose to have either one or up to four real ales available for your day. If you have a particular beer that you would like, please let this be known it when booking and, as long as we can obtain it from the brewery of your choice, we will be happy to provide it for you. The bar also stocks other items such as a wide variety of bottled ciders, lagers and, of course, wines. Soft drinks and bar snacks such as crisps and nuts will also be available.

Prices start from...

Bookings are charged per day plus any catering requirements requested.

  • Weekends during off-peak periods: £1,000
  • Weekends during peak periods: £1,200
  • Weekdays: £850

Catering

Looking to add a catering option to your booking? We have a number of menu options available to suit your budget and preferences.

1930s Pullman Cars, ‘Ann’ & ‘Mary'

Introduction

Pullman trains offered more luxurious accommodation than ordinary mainline trains and customers were treated to an outstanding level of service on board. The immaculate Umber and Cream coloured carriages were a sight to behold and Pullman was the only way to travel, making it the perfect venue for your occasion.

The Railway has two 3rd Class Pullman cars that are used on special trains and occasions, emulating a style of opulent travel from an age gone by. Delivered new together in 1930 to the LNER as no.’s 83 and 84, on withdrawal the two went their separate ways, to eventually be re-united on the KWVR.

Additional information

Passengers in the Pullman cars are all seated with no bar area and spaces for standing. On many occasions, depending on the needs of the guests, the Jubilee Bar Car, painted in Pullman colours, is attached to the train to provide this facility.

  • The cost of the carriage includes a Day Rover Ticket for all your guests, therefore no additional tickets need to be purchased.
  • Everyone in your group must commence and end their journey at the same station.
  • The cost of drinks is additional to the cost of the hire.
  • Each carriage seats up to 42 people
  • Price includes a full day hire during the allotted timetable.

Prices start from...

Bookings are charged per day plus any catering requirements requested.

  • Weekends during off-peak periods: £1,000
  • Weekends during peak periods: £1,200
  • Weekdays: £850

Catering

Looking to add a catering option to your booking? We have a number of menu options available to suit your budget and preferences.

Old Gentleman's Saloon

Intoduction

This coach was built for party travel in 1871 by the Stockton & Darlington Railway but was converted to an inspection saloon for the use of the Locomotive Superintendent at Gateshead Locomotive Works. Withdrawn in 1969 it and was purchased for preservation and found fame as the “Old Gentleman’s” carriage in the 1970 EMI feature film “The Railway Children”

Additional Information

The Old Gentleman’s Saloon has no corridor connection to the rest of the train and is a self-contained coach serving drinks and food to the guests’ order which is pre-loaded onto the train.

  • The cost of the carriage includes a Day Rover Ticket for all your guests, therefore no additional tickets need to be purchased.
  • Everyone in your group must commence and end their journey at the same station.
  • The cost of drinks is additional to the cost of the hire.
  • The carriage seats up to 14 people
  • Price includes a full day hire during the allotted timetable.

Prices for the hire of the ‘Old Gentleman’s Saloon’ is by quotation only. Please inquire via email, group.bookings@kwvr.co.uk, or telephone, 01535 645214, 09.30 – 16.30 Monday – Friday for more information on the hire of this carriage.

Catering

Looking to add a catering option to your booking? We have a number of menu options available to suit your budget and preferences.

Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway ‘Blackpool Club Car’

Introduction

L&YR no. 47, this Blackpool Club Car was built in 1912 for the exclusive use of businessmen commuting between Blackpool and Manchester. In use as a cricket pavilion, a full restoration was completed in 2011 at the KWVR and is an excellent example of an executive saloon, complete with real leather seating and a handcrafted interior.

Like the Old gentleman’s Saloon this coach displays the opulence of a bygone era in which to entertain your friends for that special occasion. However, this coach does have a connection through to the rest of the train, although livered staff are on hand to look after your every need.

Additional Information

It is the perfect luxury venue for parties of 40 or less. Enjoy plush, luxurious surroundings on your special day as important executives and businessmen did many years ago.

  • The cost of the carriage includes a Day Rover Ticket for all your guests, therefore no additional tickets need to be purchased.
  • Everyone in your group must commence and end their journey at the same station.
  • The cost of drinks is additional to the cost of the hire.
  • The coach seats up to 40 people
  • Price includes a full day hire during the allotted timetable.

Prices for the hire of the ‘Old Gentleman’s Saloon’ is by quotation only. Please inquire via email, group.bookings@kwvr.co.uk, or telephone, 01535 645214, 09.30 – 16.30 Monday – Friday for more information on the hire of this carriage.

Mk.1 British Railways Restaurant Standard Open

Introduction

The restaurant car is the perfect carriage for any occasion! This carriage was not originally built to be used as a restaurant car and in fact, started its life as a Mk 1 Open coach. It was then converted and is the oldest Mk. 1 coach in existence! With its red plush surroundings, extra comfortable seats, ruby carpets and cotton curtains it makes for a decadent venue for your special day.

Like the Old gentleman’s Saloon this coach displays the opulence of a bygone era in which to entertain your friends for that special occasion. However, this coach does have a connection through to the rest of the train, although livered staff are on hand to look after your every need.

Additional information

A beautiful carriage with red plush interior from ruby carpets to curtains and comfortable seating it is sure to be the perfect venue for your special occasion.

  • The cost of the carriage includes a Day Rover Ticket for all your guests, therefore no additional tickets need to be purchased.
  • Everyone in your group must commence and end their journey at the same station.
  • The cost of drinks is additional to the cost of the hire.
  • Each carriage seats up to 62 people
  • Price includes a full day hire during the allotted timetable.

Prices start from...

Bookings are charged per day plus any catering requirements requested.

  • Weekends during off-peak periods: £900
  • Weekends during peak periods: £1,100
  • Weekdays: £700

Catering

Looking to add a catering option to your booking? We have a number of menu options available to suit your budget and preferences.

British Railways Mk.1 Standard Open Carriage

Introduction

When you travel on a normal service train on the KWVR it is likely you will travel in one of 2 types of British Railways Mark 1 coach. This type of Mk.1 coach, is probably the most used in preservation as it offers comfortable passenger accommodation for families. The seating is arranged in groups of 4 seats per bay at either side of an open gangway running through the centre of the coach. Access to other coaches is possible through connections at each end.

Additional information

The railway has a working fleet of 6 open coaches, designated TSO by BR, but with the possibility that one or more may be in the Carriage & Wagon Workshop at Oxenhope for routine maintenance or overhaul. A seventh open coach, no.W1013, the oldest Mark 1 in preservation, was restored as a Restaurant Car (see separate page) for dining passengers and is sometimes used on service trains.

Prices start from...

Bookings are charged per day plus any catering requirements requested.

  • Weekends during off-peak periods: £800
  • Weekends during peak periods: £1,000
  • Weekdays: £600

Catering

Looking to add a catering option to your booking? We have a number of menu options available to suit your budget and preferences.

Catering for your special occasion

Introduction

We offer a wide selection of catering options to suit your budget, preferences, and style of event. We also offer the ability to amend or alter the menu selections below, please note prices will adapt accordingly.

Catering Options and Prices - Finger Buffet

Finger Buffet

A selection of assorted buffet savouries including sandwiches (fillings can be chosen), sausage rolls, cocktail sausages, vegetarian rolls, spring rolls, pork pies, samosas, crisps, nuts, tortilla chips, cheese boards and a variety of cakes.

If you would like to add, remove or swap items this can be discussed with the catering manager in order to accommodate your needs.

  • Finger Buffet 1: £8.00 pp
  • Finger Buffet 2: £12.00 pp
  • Finger Buffet 3: £15.00 pp
  • Finger Buffet 4: £18:00 pp

Afternoon Tea

A selection of finger sandwiches, cakes, scones with cream, jam and butter, and tea, coffee or fresh juice.

  • Light: £14.00 pp
  • Full: £18.00 pp

Cream Tea

Scones with cream, butter and jam, accompanied by tea, coffee or fresh juice.

  • From: £7.50 pp

Cakes

A variety of cakes served with tea, coffee or fresh juice. The selection of cakes is to be discussed with catering manager in order to suit your preferences.

  • From: £7.50 pp

All prices include VAT.

Catering is optional and if you wish, you can bring along your own food and drinks. Please note corkage and linen/cutlery charges apply. Please inquire for more details.

For a package and further details to suit your individual needs, please contact the Group Bookings Team by email group.bookings@kwvr.co.uk or call Haworth Station 09.30 – 16.30, Monday to Friday on 01535 645214 and we will be happy to provide you with a competitive quote for a day that will be truly memorable.

Footplate Experience

It’s everyone’s dream to drive & fire a steam engine. Make a dream come true on the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway.

You can now drive and fire a steam locomotive right here on the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway. These courses are proving hugely popular, with customers praising our friendly and informal approach.

The KWVR offers you the opportunity to drive a steam train on the famous Keighley and Worth Valley Railway and experience the thrill of being in control of a locomotive doing what it was designed to do, hard at work on the stiff gradients of the country’s only complete heritage branch line.

If you wish, you may bring up to four friends or family free of charge with you on the day. Your guests will be given a printout of details of the line to read at leisure during their journey along the line whilst the participant is doing all the hard work at the front.

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