About the Spring Steam Gala
The Keighley and Worth Valley Railway (KWVR) is a heritage steam railway line that runs through the Worth Valley to Oxenhope via Oakworth and Haworth. The town of Keighley, about 20 miles west of Leeds, has a population of about 56,000. That is quite a change from 1379 when 47 couples and 15 single people called the area home according to the poll tax records from that year. Had the railway existed in 1379, those 15 single people could have sought their mates at the annual Spring Steam Gala held in March.
Gala is an apt description of this three-day weekend event that runs Friday through Sunday. One of the eight locomotives from the 'home fleet' will be running as well as a 'visiting locomotive' from another railway. The event promises to bring an 'intensive passenger service' experience.
Vintage coaches like the L&Y 'gentleman’s club carriage' and other prestigious coaches will be in service at the Gala. There will be a demonstration freight train plus behind the scenes guided tours of the famous Haworth Motive Power Depot. The scenery alone makes the railway a popular location for many films and TV shows with the 19th and early to mid-20th centuries themes. And of course, there is a real ale bar on board.
Keighley & Worth Valley Railway
Way back in 1867, the railroad line was opened by local wealthy mill owners. It was part of the Midland Railway until 1923 when it was absorbed into the new London Midland and Scottish Railway. In 1948, the line became part of British Railways, but the inevitable closing came in 1962 as railways could not compete with the automobile. Some local folks began the KWVR Preservation Society in 1962 and after six years, the hard efforts of volunteers led to the heritage railway reopening in June of 1968.
Entry To The Event
The Spring Steam Gala is a special 'Red Day' so check back very soon for the latest information about the train schedules and the identity of the visiting locomotive. The adult One Day Rover ticket is £25.00 for an adult, Seniors, Members of KWVR, and other concessions are £22.00, Children can enter for £12.50 and a small family of 1 adult and 1 child enter for £31.25. Local people within specific postal codes will enjoy a small discount and if you plan to stay for more than one day, consider the Two Day or Three-Day Rover ticket package. Dogs can join your group for £1.00 per day and tickets purchased online will be rewarded with a 10% discount.
Somewhere to Stay in Yorkshire
The weather in March can present a challenge to caravaners and campers, so keep that in mind if you book a pitch in one of the many campsites near Keighley. Many hotels for visitors are available near the railway station in Keighley to fit any budget.
Getting To The Railway Station
The KVWR has six stations, but the best one to park at is the Ingrow Railway Station, located on the A629 (South Street) in Ingrow, Keighley, along the River Worth, where there is a large free car park. Drivers approaching from the south can simply take the A629 and head north to the Ingrow Station. Drivers from the north of Keighley will need to navigate a double roundabout connected by Harding Road to remain on the A629 heading south to the station’s parking area.
Other Things To Do Around Keighley
Visitors to Keighley will want to see the Bronte Parsonage Museum in nearby Haworth. The Museum is a tribute to the Bronte Sisters, Charlotte, Emily, and Anne, who all wrote literary masterpieces like Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights, and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall and other works. One highlight is the bedrooms of each of the sisters where their novels were written and where family artifacts and Victorian décor is on display. Another diversion is Lund's Tower situated in the village of Sutton-in-Craven, about 5 miles east of Keighley. At nearly 1200 feet high it offers spectacular views of the countryside.
★★ While KWVR makes every effort to accommodate people with a disability, the very nature of the heritage rail cars will present some obstacles. Please check with the organisers to address any accessibility issues before your visit. Dogs, of course, are welcome for the £1.00 fee but don’t let them jump on the carriage seats. ★★
When is the next Spring Steam Gala?
The Spring Steam Gala is planned to take place at The Railway Station, Haworth, Keighley, Yorkshire, BD22 8NJ, Friday 6th March, 2020. This is a Weekend Diesel Gala.
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