Friday, 18 February 2011

Images of.... KWVR stations

It's all the little details that fascinate.....

The ticket office at Oxenhope station - the fire was lit to warm up waiting passengers, through it needed a bit more coal at this moment...

The Ladies' Waiting Room at Oakworth Station - ladies, you can do a bit of hoovering while you wait!

Original gas light in the Ladies' toilet

British Railways lion logo (I can't remember this so maybe I'm not so old after all!) 

 Lancashire & Yorkshire Railways crest

 Fire-fighting equipment at Oakworth station (all those steam trains made sparks fly!)

Milk churns waiting to be collected, Oakworth station.

Tuesday, 15 February 2011

Images of .... KWVR

The Keighley and Worth Valley Railway (KWVR) Winter Steam Gala Weekend, 11-13 February 2011

 A hubbub on the platform at Keighley Station....
 An army of train enthusiasts and photographers.....

 Even the Station Master, positioned so that he can get a good view....

of Ian Riley's BR (Ex-LMS) "Black 5" No 44871, which has come a long way to be here....

 whereas BR Standard 4MT No 80002 is a regular on this line.

The Worth Valley line is owned, operated and maintained entirely by volunteers.  It was bought from British Rail (who had closed it in 1962) and reopened in 1968 after a local campaign and the formation of a Preservation Society.  It runs a regular daily passenger service of diesel trains, some steam-hauled tourist trains and frequent special events.  The line, over 4 miles long, runs from Keighley at the bottom of the Worth valley, up through some picturesque villages including Oakworth and Haworth and on to the terminus at Oxenhope.

For the Gala Weekend there was also a vintage bus service (run by the Keighley Bus Museum) to enable people to enjoy, understand and appreciate more of the lovely scenery of the Worth valley.