The Keighley and Worth Valley Railway

Keighley and Worth Valley Railway at Haworth, West Yorkshire
More views of the KWVR

The Keighley and Worth Valley Railway (KWVR) is an authentic heritage steam railway which runs through the heart of West Yorkshire's Bronte Country from the village of Oxenhope to Haworth, and then on down the Worth Valley to Oakworth, Damems and Ingrow West to the town of Keighley in the Aire Valley.

The line was originally opened in 1864 (just after the time of the Bronte sisters) and scheduled for closure almost a century later with British Rail passenger services officially ending in 1961. However thanks to the efforts of local politican Bob Cryer and the campaigning work of a dedicated band of supporters the line was saved and reopened as one of the country's first "heritage railways" in 1968.

Two years later the line served as the shooting location for the 1970 classic film version of E.E. Nesbitt's "The Railway Children" (starring Jenny Agutter, Sally Thomsett and Bernard Cribbins), and has since been used in countless other TV and cinema period dramas including "Yanks" (starring Richard Gere and Vanessa Redgrave), and Alan Parker's film version of Pink Floyd's "The Wall" (starring Bob Geldof).

Popular events held on the railway include the Worth Valley Beer and Music Festival (which usually takes place in October).

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