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.


  1. Gorgeous photos telling an interesting story. ( at least I didn't say AMAZING pictures, send to 10 friends! I hate having to do that!) You were so lucky with the weather. I was watching soccer on TV from UK whilst you were there and the sun was in the goalie's eyes! I love the ad on the bus saying drink more! More milk? or more beer? more milk I expect.I have some old photos from Haworth in the 60's and they are DULL! Thanks for visiting our blog.

  2. Whaooo that was a nice day out!! These photos you put here are really different of what you show in your other blog and I find it very interesting.
    You wouldn't mind if I make a link form my blog to yours??

  3. It must be so delightful to take those trains and bus! what a charming way to discover the "Bronte country"!..

  4. I love this post Jenny! The steam trains are fabulous and I love the vintage bus - it's so cool!

  5. For someone like me, overseas, this is straight out of a "Poirot" episode or some period film. Brilliant!

  6. Heavens! It makes me feel old when those buses are described as vintage. I remember them very well. It's a long time since I went on this railway, your great photos make me think it's time for another trip. TTFN, Kathleen.

  7. What a fun outing. I just recently took a 5 hour train ride to visit my niece...what a great experience to see the landscape as you move along. love the details in these photos.

  8. Jenny, this looked like a fun thing to do on a nice afternoon, Grenville enjoys trains so I'm forwarding this post for him to enjoy as well and he may also comment. Thanks for the visit to our blog (Frogandpenguinn) and do re-visit anytime.