Monday, 14 February 2011
Letting off steam
It promised to be a sunny day on Saturday - and did eventually deliver! So I decided to make the most of it and have a day out, hoping to get some photos. I made up my mind to visit the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway (KWVR), which is a privately-owned, volunteer-run railway that connects the town of Keighley (about 7 miles up the Aire valley from Saltaire) with the villages of the Worth Valley including Haworth and Oxenhope. Even on wintry days there is lots of photographic interest along the line.
Imagine my delight to discover that this wasn't just any old weekend but a Steam Gala Weekend on the KWVR. (That explains why there was a steam train passing through Saltaire the other day, obviously one of the 'guest' locomotives.) The KWVR is a thriving line that operates a number of steam-hauled trains, and regularly holds special events. Even though I'm not a real train buff, there is something really lovely about the whole thing and I always enjoy visiting and riding the trains.
The low winter sun and backlighting make this photo into a story, I think. I'll leave you to imagine that wonderful hissing sound as the engine lets off some steam pressure.