Wednesday, 16 February 2011
Here's a classic steam train shot. Locomotive BR Standard 4MT No. 80002 arriving at Oxenhope station, as part of the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway's Steam Gala Weekend. (Although this train is 'resident' on the line and is often used to haul the normal service.)
Even though I'm not a rail enthusiast in the accepted sense of the word, I still find steam trains exciting and romantic. And this line is very scenic, passing through some lovely Yorkshire countryside and some attractive and interesting villages.
The Worth Valley line was opened in 1867, built by local mill owners but franchised to the Midland Railway. It eventually became part of British Rail in 1948 and was closed in 1962 as part of swingeing cuts across the British rail network. Locals fought to keep it open, creating a preservation society to buy the line and lease access into Keighley station, where it joins the main rail network. The line was reopened in 1968 and has run a regular service ever since, staffed entirely by volunteers.