Heritage Open Days

The Bahamas Locomotive Society and the Vintage Carriages Trust will be fully participating in the Heritage Open Days this September, and RAIL STORY will be fully open, with free access and tours of the Locomotive Shed, Carriage Works, Ingrow station and the Learning Coach over all four days.

A locomotive will be in steam in Ingrow Yard on at least one of the Open Days. Visitors will have access to ‘behind the scenes’ tours of the various locations at Ingrow, and there will also be activities for youngsters.

This will be one of the major West Yorkshire Heritage Open Day events and will be a first for the KWVR, who are one of the relatively few heritage railways participating.

Opening Times

  • Thursday 8 September: 11:00-16:00
  • Friday 9 September: 11:00-16:00
  • Saturday 10 September: 11:00-16:00
  • Sunday 11 September: 11:00-16:00

Booking Details

No booking required

Additional information

Max 12 people per tour/session.


For more information on this and other venues visit the Heritage Open Days website

Vintage Carriages Trust shed extension

Following the difficulties experienced with the original plans to extend the VCT building rearward, a secondary plan was proposed which will now see an extension of the track nearer to the railway sidings. Although the planned pit to work under the carriages is being lost, VCT have been able to arrange for the area either side of the track to be concreted to allow the use of the lacks to lift vehicles as required.

Enabling work to divert a gas pipe has been carried out and a telephone cable moved. A modification to the fire escape route for British Thornton, next door to VCT, has required a bridge to be built over Gingerbread Clough, to move this from the area being built on. The culvert which will allow Gingerbread Clough to pass under the new building will be upgraded as part of the construction as it runs under the sidings and behind the present building, and will be underneath the extension once built.

The foundations have been laid and the building structure commenced. This and the cladding should be completed by late summer. The fitting out will take time, but should be achieved within the two years planned.

The photographs provided by Paul Holroyd shows the work in progress during August.

Vintage Trains Sunday 5th June 2016

Our popular Vintage Train Sundays – which operate on seven dates this year – start this Sunday, 5th June and will have a slightly different ‘look’ in 2016!

In order to create added interest this year, in addition to the standard 2-train service (with one set being formed of vintage stock), there are a series of additional Keighley-Ingrow shuttles in the main part of the day. Coaching stock will be drawn from coaches belonging to our partners the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Trust and Vintage Carriages Trust

The ‘main’ Vintage Set will be formed of four coaches, comprising:
Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Club Car, no. 47
Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway 6-wheel 3rd Class coach, no. 1507
Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Brake 3rd, no. 1474
Metropolitan Railway Brake 3rd, no. 427

The Taff Vale Railway 0-6-2T no 85 is the rostered loco for these services throughout the summer

The ‘shuttle’ Vintage Set will consist of two carriages from the Vintage Carriages Trust fleet:
Great Northern Railway 6-wheel Brake, no. 589
Southern Railway ‘Chatham’ Brake, no. 3554

The shuttles will be worked by Bahamas Locomotive Society locomotives, either Hudswell Clarke 0-6-0T side tank no. 1704 ‘Nunlow’ or LNWR 0-6-2T ‘Coal Tank’ no. 1054. ‘Nunlow’ is the rostered locomotive for the first Sunday of this new venture.

Whilst every effort will made to ensure that the advised motive power and rolling stock are available, the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway reserve the right to change this when operational circumstances so dictate.

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.

First “passenger” train on nascent KWVR

In a year of 50th anniversaries which have so far included the arrival of the first rolling stock and founding of the Vintage Carriages Trust, one 50th anniversary nearly passed un-noticed. On the 5th June 1965, with stock having arrived only a few months earlier, the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway operated its first ever passenger train, although it was a far cry from the 6 coach Keighley – Oxenhope trains that regularly make the journey up and down the Valley today. It would be another 3 years before regular passenger trains returned to the Valley.

Formed of Lancashire & Yorkshire 0-4-0ST 51218 and the Southern Railway ‘Matchboard’ coach no. 3554, the Railway offered rides out of Haworth Yard, under Bridge 26 and a short distance along Haworth loop in conditions that today would give any self respecting Safety Officer a heart attack. A few photographs survive of the day courtesy of Chris Bray and F. W. Smith and show not only enthusiastic men but wives and girl friends with children of all sizes queuing for a ride and swarming all over the tracks of Haworth Yard.

A small but insignificant step for which we are eternally grateful 50 years on.

WVL343On the same day photographer Martin S. Welch was in the Highlands of Scotland and by chance took this photograph of BR Class 20 D8031 at Kittybrewster Shed, Aberdeen complete with tablet catcher and snowplough. It would be many years before this locomotive was withdrawn and avoided the cutters torch by being preserved on the KWVR; today operational with its later numbering of 20 031.


2015 Winter Steam Gala – Gallery

As always the KWVR Galas are very popular with photographers and the 2015 Winter Steam Gala was no different. If submissions are a yardstick to measure popularity, then Friday was by far the most productive day. With the Pennine weather closing in on Sunday, the conditions were best described as ‘atmospheric’ as Gary Holmes’ image of 43924 and 34092 leaving Keighley testifies.

Here is a small selection of photographs taken across the 3 days and the full collection can be viewed by clicking HERE to see all the weekend’s images.

Our gallery photographs are courtesy of photographers Neil Harvey, Inspirational Images, Colin Smith, Chris King, Craig Elias, Richard Beckett, Ian Dixon, Gary Holmes, Matt Berry, Steve Boreham, Neil Colls, and Ralph Berry.

In addition we are delighted to preview, SAY Film Production’s DVD, the full version of which is available from Haworth shop  priced £12.95


West Country Pacific 34092 ‘Wells’ has been on tour in Wales for the Llangollen Railway’s Steel, Steam & Stars IV, two weekend gala which raises funds for the 6880 Bretton Grange Society, builders of ‘new-build’  GWR ‘Grange Class 4-6-0 6880 Bretton Grange.

KWVR regular contributors have been at Llangollen in force with both cameras and video recorders and we will be bring you the best of their work as soon as their digital developing labs will allow.








Ingrow Model Railway Show, Details

This Sunday, 15th February, The Museum of Rail Travel at Ingrow Station is holding its first model railway exhibition. Model Railway Societies from around the district will be coming together to show their best creations and demonstrate their model railways layouts in action.

The exhibitors confirmed are:

  • Keighley Model Engineering Society – Class 08 loco, Class 50, Metropolitan Vickers loco, Y4 locomotive, Hunslet locomotive, Mixed goods wag0ns, Garden Railway locomotive and trucks.
  • Halifax Model Railway Club – Rosehill layout, ‘N’ Gauge
  • Bradford Model Engineering Society – Static display with some models running on air
  • Huddersfield Railway Modellers – Model of clubroom or operating quarry layout.
  • Keighley Model Railway Club – Cleggworth. This layout is based on the track plan of Holmfirth station and is named after “Cleggy” from the TV programme “Last of the Summer Wine”. The layout was rescued from Bolton MRC as the club was having to close. Since acquiring the layout the Keighley group have improved the scenery and added a few locals from Nora Batty sorting out Compo, Cleggy and Foggy on the steps of her house. Whilst Pearl, Ivy and the ladies look for Marina and Howard who are hiding in the bushes along with other characters from the series.
    In addition the KMRC will be bring along their layout of Oxenhope which is in the course of contruction.
  • Ian Dobson – Battery Powered Tri-ang Big Big Trains and associated systems.
  • Bill Black – ‘0’ Gauge Tin Plate Models of Engines, Coaches and Wagons.
  • Richard Ashworth – Garden Railway Model

0-6-0ST ‘Sir Berkeley’ will be in steam and in addition to the model railway layouts will giving break van rides in Ingrow Yard, making for a fun day out for all ages.

Come along and support this new initiative, the event is FREE and will be open 11am until 4pm. We look forward to welcoming you to this new event for the Railway.

(Featured image for illustration purposes only, not at show.)

‘Sir Berkeley’ Takes The honours In VCT Celebration

As part of a year of celebrations, January 10th saw humble contractors locomotive ‘Sir Berkeley’ (built in 1891 by Manning Wardle of Leeds) in service with Manchester, Sheffield & Lincolnshire Railway Tri-composite carriage no 176 (built in 1876) and Southern Railway Brake Corridor Third no 3554 (built in July 1924 by the Metropolitan Carriage, Wagon & Finance Company for the Southern Railway). The Vintage Carriages Trust ran three Ingrow – Keighley specials to mark the arrival of these 2 coaches in 1965, the first passenger vehicles to arrive on the line. Continue reading

Locomotive Roster Amendment for the Weekend 10th – 11th January

After the daily running over the Christmas period normality returns this weekend with MR 4F 0-6-0 43924  operating the Saturday & Sunday steam service with diesel railbus M79964 on the diesel turn.

In addition there are 3 members’ specials operating an Ingrow West – Keighley shuttle on the 10th January in celebration of 50 years of the first carriages arriving on the Railway, when Manning Wardle 0-6-0ST ‘Sir Berkeley’ will haul the MS&LR and SR ‘Matchboard’ coaches, the first passenger stock to arrive in 1965. Contrary to our previous announcement, members of the public will be able to travel on the 2nd and 3rd trains in this event, timed to leave Ingrow at 13.30 and 15.00.

Featured image: Inspiring Images

Whilst every effort will made to ensure that the advised motive power is available, the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway reserve the right to change this when operational circumstances so dictate.

Vintage Carriages Trust 1965 – 2015, 50 years Celebration

On the 19th January 1965 Manning Wardle 0-6-0 saddle tank, ‘Sir Berkeley’ was delivered by road to Haworth, to be followed in the first months of 1965 by the first two coaches for the nascent Keighley & Worth Valley Railway. These two vehicles arrived at Keighley by rail and were stored in what is now Keighley Station car park but, back then, were sidings serving the adjacent station.

All three are now part of our Vintage Carriages Trust’s collection and will be in action on Saturday 10th January 2015 with 3 members’  shuttles between Ingrow and Keighley in celebration of these arrivals and the resultant founding of the Vintage Carriages Trust in the same year, set up to safeguard the future of antique and vintage rolling stock for future generations.

For full details of the day’s events, click HERE. Continue reading

Ingrow Model Railway Show, 15th February 2015

Come down to The Museum of Rail Travel at Ingrow Station and see the wonderful model railways of Yorkshire. Model Railway Societies from around the district will be coming together to show their best creations and demonstrate their model railways layouts in action.

In addition to the model railway layouts there will also be the opportunity to experience a break van ride in Ingrow Yard, making for a fun day out for all ages.

This event is free and will be open 11am until 4pm. We look forward to welcoming you to this new event for the Railway.

Could we have two of your carriages for the Autumn Steam Spectacular?

Each Spectacular features carriages from the Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway Trust and Vintage Carriages Trust (VCT), so a request this year from the organisers to the VCT for 2 carriages (the Southern Railway ‘Chatham’ Matchboard Brake 3554 and BR built, Bulleid-designed Open Third S1469S) at first glance, may not seem particularly onerous. If this is what you thought, think again! Continue reading

‘Bellerophon’ in Foxfield Gala Action

Haydock Foundry 0-6-0WT ‘Bellerophon’ is rarely seen at the Railway these days having been on a long vacation to the Foxfield Railway in Staffordshire. Owned by the Vintage Carriages Trust, the locomotive was the subject of repair work last year carried out at the South Devon Railway, and is again gainfully employed at work at its current home.

Last weekend was the Foxfield Railway Gala when the engine was hard at work with mineral wagons on the testing gradients that the railway is duly well known for. Regular contributor, Kenneth Baker, took leave from his trackside position with trusty companion, Penny, and traded the miserable Worth Valley weather for equally miserable Staffordshire. However, just like West Yorkshire, Sunday was by far a better proposition for the photographer and we are pleased to show Ken’s images of ‘Bellerophon’ pulling up the grade.


However, it is leaving the Foxfield Railway for a short time to visit the 2014 Steam Rally at Welland, in Worcestershire, on 24th to 27th July inclusive. The loco will be operating with a brake van on the site’s small standard-gauge railway throughout each day. This rally is the 50th one on this site and is thus a special occasion and VCT is delighted to be able to support the Ross & Wye Steam Engine Society on this great occasion.

One out, one in for Diesel Railbuses

The contract repairs to diesel railbus M79964 have been completed by the Vintage Carriages Trust. As a result E79962, having had the remains of the asbestos removed at Haworth as per our previous report, has taken it’s place at the VCT for a full restoration to original condition.

As the photographs show no. ’62 is in a sorry state but, as VCT restorations of other rolling stock illustrates, once completed this old railbus will look as good as the day it left its German maker, probably better.


Photos: KWVR Diesel Railcar Group

Vintage Trains this Sunday

LNWR 0-6-2 ‘Coal tank’ 1054 was out on the mainline today hauling two of the Vintage Carriages Trust‘s Metropolitan coaches for the annual general meeting of the Bahamas Locomotive Society. This gave a taster for the first of the Sunday Vintage Trains when 1054 will haul the Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway Trust‘s 3 carriage vintage set tomorrow. Click here for details and here for the day’s timetable.

The headline photograph shows 1054 with the Metropolitan First Class coach and Third Class brake leaving Ingrow yard today to take the AGM special to Oxenhope.

Photo: News@KWVR

Diesel Railbus E79962 & M79964 update

Anyone seeing the photographs below would be forgiven for thinking that the state of Diesel Rail Bus E79962 is the result of years of neglect resulting in a rail vehicle only for scrap. But photographs can be deceptive for the appearance of ’62 reflects the first work having been completed in the long road back to pristine condition.

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Diesel Railbus M79964 at Ingrow for attention

Having being used consistently throughout the winter and with passenger numbers on the increase, the opportunity has been taken to carry out long overdue bodywork repairs to the front windscreen surrounds.

As reported earlier the Railway’s other railbus has passed into the ownership of the Vintage Carriages Trust (VCT) at Ingrow. Whilst this vehicle is cocooned in protective sheeting inside Haworth Loco Works for the removal of residual asbestos, the Railway’s operational railbus has moved to Ingrow where the VCT is undertaking the work on behalf of the Diesel Railcar Group.

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Culture 24’s ‘Museums at Night’ at Museum of Rail Travel, Ingrow 15th – 17th May

‘Museums at Night’ is Culture 24’s national initiative to encourage people to visit their local Museums, by holding unusual events at unusual times, inspiring after hours cultural events at museums, galleries and heritage sites from Thursday May 15 – Saturday May 17 2014. The award-winning Museum of Rail Travel at Ingrow, owned by the Vintage Carriages Trust, is once again taking part in the national ‘Museums at Night’ event.

The Vintage Carriages Trust’s contribution will be three evenings of musical entertainment, mixed with railway heritage.

Thursday 15th May – Haworth Ukulele Group

Seen below at last year’s event, the group are making a return appearance, with their usual mix of popular songs from the decades


16th May – The Blues will come to the Museum

Performances of traditional blues music by local musicians

 17th May – Reuben and Ruth

The floor is given over to a folk session with Reuben and Ruth

All three evenings will commence at 7:30 pm (although the Museum will be open to visitors well before then) and will close at 9 pm. Admission is free, though donations to the Museum will be gratefully received.

A Midland carriage for a Midland Branchline

When one looks around the railway at the superbly restored carriages owned by the Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway Trust and the Vintage Carriages Trust there is an alarming omission.

The L&Y Trust have to date magnificently restored from near derelict condition, 3 carriages from that railway with a fourth well under way at Oxenhope. The VCT has exhibition representatives from close to home in the Great Northern Railway and Manchester, Sheffield & Lincolnshire Railway. There is a three carriage set from the Metropolitan Railway in London and even a Southern Railway coach built for the boat trains to the far flung south coast of England – but not one vintage carriage belonging to the ‘home’ railway company has been seen fully restored. That is until now – Midland Railway six-wheeled Composite coach No.358, built in 1886, and owned by VCT since July 1968 is now well on the way to taking its place amongst the railways vintage fleet. Continue reading

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