Sunday, July 11, 2010

The Railway Children

It was a case of stepping back in time yesterday, with a trip to the Keighley and Worth Valley heritage railway. This is the station at Keighley.

It's the attention to detail which makes the heritage experience so much fun!

It was diesel transport that took me up the short line via Ingrow West, Damens, Oakworth (which played a role in the 1970 production of The Railway Children), Haworth, to Oxenhope.

At Oxenhope there is a workshop and museum with static displays, including LMS Jubilee Class 5596 Bahamas which was built in 1935 by the North British Locomotive Company in Glasgow. Bahamas is in line for overhaul, see here.

The exhibits include these wonderful Pullman coaches, and if you look closely you can see volunteers hard at work polishing the interiors!

But this is what I was there for, or course. In steam yesterday was 47279, an LMS Fowler 3F 0-6-0T, the class usually known as 'Jinties'.

Here it runs round at Oxenhope to pull the train back to Keighley.

I stopped off at Ingrow West to visit the Vintage Carriages Trust's Museum of Rail Travel. What an interesting and enjoyable experience that proved to be! The Trust is not part of the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway, but a day rover ticket does give free entry to this museum.

Travelling third class could not have been very comfortable at the beginning of the twentieth century!

This is inside the first class compartment of the 'Great Northern Railway Lavatory Composite Brake', see here. The five occupants of the compartment had access to their own loo!

Further renovations underway in the workshop.

Then it was back home, on Northern Rail, via the Settle-Carlisle line, definitely one of the great railway journeys in the country!

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