The Keighley and Worth Valley Railway was originally opened in 1867 and funded predominantly by wealthy mill owners the line was used to carry goods to and from the mills. After a long and successful history,, the line was closed in 1962, leading to the introduction of the Keighley and Worth Valley Preservation Society. The Society worked to re-open the line as a preserved railway and in 1968 the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway reopened as we know it today.
There have been many changes in the last 50 years, with continuous developments and improvements to the railway. The station at Ingrow West had to be rebuilt as the original station building was demolished in the 1960s. The building you see now was transported stone by stone from Foulridge in Lancashire, and it was re-built as you see it today.
The railway is run primarily by volunteers and their continuous hard work allows us to run the successful railway we have today. The KWVR carries over 115,000 visitors a year and runs over 200 days a year. The Keighley and Worth Valley Railway is also used frequently as a film set and is most well-known for the 1970 film The Railway Children. However, in recent years the railway has starred in Swallows and Amazons, Testament of Youth and numerous TV productions.