Ingrow Celebration of Film Past and Present – 1st & 2nd May

Over the decades, the Railway has been the venue for many films, the most notable of which is the Railway Children, the film synonymous with the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway. But who can forget the Second World War film when Richard Geer set hearts throbbing in Keighley in Yanks. And more recently the Great War film, Testimony of Youth, that brought home the tragic reality of World War 1.

This weekend at Rail Story, Ingrow we are celebrating the Railway and its partner’s part in the making of films past and present.

Throughout the weekend you can enjoy dressing up in a variety of costumes, having your photo in front of Lord Mayor, the promotional engine from the Railway Children film, alongside guided film tours of the Carriage Works museum.

There will be a short film show at the front the Carriage Works museum  between 11am-3pm each day showing various film clips highlighting the various films the railway has taken part in.

Service Disruption Details 15th – 17th July 2015

Complete details are now to hand about the disruption to the Railway during filming this week.

Wednesday 15th July – Trains will be unable to run between Ingrow and Keighley. Steam / diesel locomotive trains will operate between Oxenhope and Ingrow with the steam locomotive on the south (uphill) end and the diesel at the downhill end . A vintage bus service will operate between Ingrow and Keighley stations with the timetabled Vintage Bus Tour also in operation. Normal steam train fares will apply, but all ticket holders will be able to gain free access to the Museum of Rail Travel at Ingrow station.

Thursday 16th and Friday 17th July – No steam train services will be able to operate. A special vintage bus service will operate along the full length of the line instead of the train. Due to limited road access for large vehicles at Oakworth and Damems stations, the vintage bus service will stop at Oxenhope, Haworth, Ingrow and Keighley stations only. Please note that Bicycles, Pushchairs and Perambulators that do not fold down cannot be conveyed on the vintage bus service. Special reduced fares will apply.
On the arrival at Haworth of the ‘bus services at 11.00, 12.35, 13.28 14.15 & 16.05 on 16th & 17th July, a Guided Tour of the Locomotive Shed and Workshops will be provided entirely free of charge as passengers will not otherwise be able to see much of the Railway’s fleet of steam locomotives on these two dates.   They will enable guests to see at close quarters the entire working fleet of KWVR steam and diesel locomotives accompanied by an experienced guide who will be delighted to show them round and answer any questions that they may have.
As usual, for reasons of safety young children, prams, pushchairs, wheelchairs and the like cannot be accommodated on these tours whilst adults are required to wear footwear that fully covers their feet, avoiding sandals or their like.  Guests on these tours need to be reasonably fit and active given the nature of the venue.

Museums, shops and buffets (except Keighley) will open as normal.

For full details of train services and replacement Vintage bus services, visit the main KWVR Website ⇒

Service Disruption Details 15th – 17th July 2015

Wednesday 15th July – Trains will be unable to run between Ingrow and Keighley. Steam trains will operate between Oxenhope and Ingrow, with a vintage bus service running between Ingrow and Keighley stations. Normal steam train fares will apply, but all ticket holders will be able to gain free access to the Museum of Rail Travel at Ingrow station.

Thursday 16th and Friday 17th July – No steam train services will be able to operate. A special vintage bus service will operate along the full length of the line instead of the train. Due to limited road access for large vehicles at Oakworth and Damems stations, the vintage bus service will stop at Oxenhope, Haworth, Ingrow and Keighley stations only. Please note that Bicycles, Pushchairs and Perambulators that do not fold down cannot be conveyed on the vintage bus service. Special reduced fares will apply.
On the arrival at Haworth of the ‘bus services at 11.00, 12.35, 13.28 14.15 & 16.05 on 16th & 17th July, a Guided Tour of the Locomotive Shed and Workshops will be provided entirely free of charge as passengers will not otherwise be able to see much of the Railway’s fleet of steam locomotives on these two dates.   They will enable guests to see at close quarters the entire working fleet of KWVR steam and diesel locomotives accompanied by an experienced guide who will be delighted to show them round and answer any questions that they may have.
As usual, for reasons of safety young children, prams, pushchairs, wheelchairs and the like cannot be accommodated on these tours whilst adults are required to wear footwear that fully covers their feet, avoiding sandals or their like.  Guests on these tours need to be reasonably fit and active given the nature of the venue.

For full details of train services and replacement Vintage bus services, visit the main KWVR Website ⇒

Keighley Filming – a triumph of teamwork

As many readers are aware the Railway played host to a major film company last week with Keighley station transformed to represent a major mainline station elsewhere in the country and the rolling stock adapted to represent the period of the film.

The Railway has rightly gained an enviable reputation for working closely with film and television programme makers to deliver their location and period requirements. Recent successes have included the BBC2 drama ‘Peaky Blinders’ and the first programme, ‘A Robber’s Tale’, in the BBC1 drama to mark the 50th Anniversary of the Great Train Robbery. To fulfil such filming contracts requires meticulous negotiations with the film makers and hours of dedicated planning by the Railway and its associated organisations. Continue reading

Filming Assignment in March

The KWVR is to host another major film production, ’The Testament of Youth’, from the same production company that made the Harry Potter films, and more recently ’Gravity’.

The film is inspired by the life of Vera Brittain, an English writer who lived through World War I and went on to capture the experience in her best-selling memoir. The film will star Alicia Vikander as Brittain and Kit Harington will play her soldier fiancé; James Kent (of The White Queen fame) will direct. Filming is provisionally scheduled to take place at Keighley station in late March using vintage carriages from the Vintage Carriages Trust and Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Trust.