Tuesday, 15 February 2011
The interesting and historical village of Haworth is about half-way up the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway line. There is a footbridge over the railway line beside the station that provides a good vantage point, though you do get wreathed in smoke and steam when a train arrives! On Gala Weekends like this one, the combination of steam trains and real-ale (served all day in the trains' buffet cars) guarantees a large and predominantly male audience. Keen photographers can get line-side permits and it was amusing to see little groups gathered at all the best spots - orange high-vis vests, tripods and DSLRs with massive lenses seemed to be de rigeur. There must have been many thousands of pounds worth of gear walking about the Worth Valley that day!
(Don't ask me why, but some of the locomotives seem to be hitched to the carriages backwards, as I think this one was. I think they go up the line forwards and down it backwards, no doubt due to the lack of a turning circle at the top terminus. I was worried that the driver wouldn't see where he was going... but then I remembered they can't anyway in a steam loco!)