The Keighley and Worth Valley Railway as a location for film & TV productions
The KWVR is ideal for film makers. The compact 5-mile line offers productions a range of authentic and unusual features and can be used as a location for any period between 1860 and 1960.
The KWVR works closely with Screen Yorkshire which invests in film and TV production through the innovative £15m Yorkshire Content Fund, which is the largest fund of its kind in the UK. The Yorkshire Content Fund comprises £7,500,000 of investment from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), which will be matched by private investment on a project-by-project basis. Investments using the KWVR as locations include Peaky Blinders, The Great Train Robbery, and Testament of Youth.
Added to that, the K&WVR boasts film-friendly staff with extensive first-hand knowledge of the particular requirements of both large and small-scale productions.
Feature films include Yanks (1979, Universal); Jude (1996, BBC Films): Fairy Tale: A True Story (1997, Icon Entertainment); Brideshead Revisited (2007, Ecosse Films), and Selfish Giant (2013); Another Brick in the Wall (Pink Floyd); Escape from the Dark (Disney).
The latest feature film shot on the KWVR is the cinematic adaptation of Vera Brittain’s iconic and powerful WW1 memoir, Testament Of Youth, starring Alicia Vikander & Kit Harington, released at cinemas in January 2015.
The classic 1970 version of The Railway Children starring Dinah Sheridan, Jenny Agutter, Sally Thomsett and Bernard Cribbins, was filmed here on the KWVR.
Television programmes made at the KWVR include The Great Train Robbery (2013 BBC); Spanish Flu – The Forgotten Fallen (2009, Hardy Picures); The League of Gentlemen (BBC); Last of the Summer Wine (BBC); Housewife 49 (2006, Granada Television); A Touch of Frost (ITV Productions); The Royal (YTV); Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em (BBC); Born & Bred (BBC) and several period dramas including, The Way We Live Now (2001); Sons & Lovers (2003); and North & South (2004).
More recently the Railway was used for locations for BBC’s Peaky Blinders.
The K&WVR has also featured in numerous commercials, with brands including Budweiser (for the US market), Hovis biscuits, Symbol Crackers – filmed with Ronnie Corbett in Ingrow tunnel; Tetley bitter; Head and Shoulders shampoo – with 80002 at Keighley; as well as the famous Solvite advert when a steam locomotive was ‘wallpapered’ in Haworth yard.
Producers have found the KWVR offers a range of locations in a compact 5 mile line. All this only 75 mins drive from the television studios at Leeds and Manchester, less than 3 hours by train from London Kings Cross.
Original features include
- Six stations – Keighley, Ingrow, Damems, Oakworth, Haworth, Oxenhope
- Approximately five miles of track (some of it double track)
- Four signal boxes
- Two tunnels
- Two level crossings
- A turntable
- Several bridges and a viaduct
- Extensive first hand knowledge of film production requirements.
The KWVR can offer a wealth of production experience plus “main line urban” and “branch line rural” stone-built stations, all with authentic working fittings such as coal fires, gas lighting, period posters and signs.
Historic steam and diesel locomotives, carriages and wagons complete the authentic scene of any period from 1860s to 1960s. These locomotives and carriages, which includes the Vintage Carriage Trust* collection at Ingrow, are appropriate for the late Victorian and Edwardian period right through to the late 1960’s.
*Vintage Carriages Trust – Britain’s premier independent collection of historic carriages is based at the Museum of Rail Travel, Ingrow on the KWVR. See the Vintage Carriages Trust for full details – click HERE.
Many other classic carriages are based on the railway, including several private owner vehicles and some in the care of the Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway Trust.
Whatever the size of your production – or budget, we can help. From an afternoon fashion catalogue stills shoot with no train to several days filming with hired-in steam locomotives and Victorian carriages.
Background information on the making of the 1970 ‘The Railway Children’ film, with information on locations, locomotives used and more click HERE.
See our rolling stock list for more details on locomotives & carriages based on the KWVR click HERE.
If you are looking to re-create a particular period the KWVR can advise on the type and availability of locomotives and carriages from all over the UK, not just the KWVR. Whatever advice you require please contact our Filming Liaison Officer, Roger France:
Telephone: 01535 645214
Alternatively you may contact our admin office during normal midweek office hours on 01535 645214.