My Photographs Links Page K&WVR Photographs from 1976





This branch line, from Keighley to Oxenhope, opened in 1867, twenty years after the arrival of the main line at Keighley.  The branch, operated by the Midland Railway, was mainly built to carry coal to the many woollen mills along the Worth Valley.  However, passenger trains were able to take local people to Keighley for shopping and other activities, where there were also train connections to other areas of the north.

British Railways closed the line in 1962, and almost immediately a local group was formed to purchase the line.  The branch was acquired by the Preservation Society in 1968.  The 4 mile line is now one of the best-known heritage lines in the country, and is, in 2010, the only fully complete branch line in preservation.  Thus, unlike most other heritage lines, this railway is not having to consider extending the rails further along old track bed.  This means that money can be invested in the existing infrastructure and rolling stock.

Also, unlike many other preserved railways, the Keighley & Worth Valley operates year round, with trains running every weekend, even in the winter months when most other lines are shut down, and daily in all school holidays.

The line has been used many times by film crews, most notably in both the television and film versions of "The Railway Children".

These photographs were taken on Saturday 6th March 2010.


Haworth Station from the outside. 


Haworth Station platform seen from the footbridge.


Station name plate.


Booking Office at Haworth Station.  Note the genuine gas lighting!


Locomotive 41241 arrives at Haworth from Oxenhope bunker first.




Oakworth Station, seen from the train.  The whole station is illuminated by gas.  
Worth Valley Railway is thought to be the third largest user of gas illumination in Britain.
The station signs have blue backgrounds - Midland Railway colours.
All other stations on the line have the LMS dark red background signs.


Period signs at Oakworth.


Wagons in the sidings at Oakworth.




Arriving at Ingrow West.  When the Preservation Society took over the line in 1968,
the station buildings at Ingrow West had been vandalised beyond repair.
In the 1980s the old station at Foulridge, near Skipton, was purchased and re-erected at Ingrow West.


Plenty of activity at Ingrow West.


Leaving Ingrow West on the way to Keighley.  That's the Ingrow Tunnel in the far distance.


Wagons on the sidings at Ingrow West.




One of the two Worth Valley platforms at Keighley.  There are two separate platforms for Network Rail services.


41241 having just arrived at Keighley.


41241 going under the bridge at Keighley for her run-round.


41241 returning to the station for her run-round.


41241 on her run-round trip.


The period bookstall on the platform.


41241 backing up to the carriages for the return to Oxenhope.   The loco is a 2-6-2 Tank, was built at Crewe in 1949, and worked from Bath Green Park on the Somerset & Dorset line.  41241 ended up at Skipton in 1965 and was bought from there for the KWVR in 1967, arriving under its own power.  The locomotive hauled the train at the reopening of the K&WVR line in 1968 and has been with the Railway ever since.




Platform and buildings at Oxenhope.


41241 about to take on water at Oxenhope.


Inserting the water hose into the tank.


The booking office at Oxenhope.  Note the coal fire!


Platform and buildings at Oxenhope.


41241 on her run-round at Oxenhope.


"Woss goin' on?"  Driver and fireman see something interesting at Oxenhope.





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