From the Footplate DVD: 0-6-0ST No.1208 Illingworth – Emsbay & Bolton Abbey Railway




The Embsay & Bolton Abbey Railway, based in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales opened to passengers in 1981, today running from Bolton Abbey Station to Embsay via Stoneacre Loop and Holywell Halt.

Originally, the preserved railway was part of the former Midland Railway route from Skipton to Ilkley which opened in 1888; the line was closed down by British Railways in 1965 as part of the ‘Beeching Cuts’.

The Embsay & Bolton Abbey Railway currently runs for a total distance of four miles, travelling through the picturesque scenery of the Yorkshire Dales with lovingly restored stations at both Bolton Abbey and Embsay.

Today, the E&BAR has grown to be a popular tourist attraction in Yorkshire, carrying thousands of passengers a year.

The Embsay & Bolton Abbey Railway is home to a large collection of steam and diesel locomotives plus a wide range of vintage carriages.

0-6-0ST No.1208 ‘Illingworth’ is one of the steam engines currently in operation at the Embsay & Bolton Abbey Railway, originally built in 1916 at Hudswell Clarke in Leeds, ‘Illingworth’ was first used for war work at the Ministry of Munitions at Gretna Green.

In 1922 No.1208 was bought by the Bradford Corporation to work passenger and goods trains over the Nidd Valley Light Railway between Pateley Bridge and Lofthouse.

Over the years ‘Illingworth’ was purchased by many individuals before being consigned to scrap in 1957.

‘Illingworth’ was finally steamed again during May 2017, making its preservation debut at the Embsay & Bolton Abbey Railway and carrying its first passenger services in over eighty years.

Join the crew of ‘Illingworth’ as they tackle the gradients from Bolton Abbey to Embsay.

Using new technology and filmed in 4K, you’re able to witness ‘Illingworth’ working hard through the Yorkshire Dales from a whole new perspective.

Whilst watching the DVD, you’re able to follow ‘Illingworth’ from a series of different angles including on-board the footplate, both the driver and fireman’s cab side views, the front lamp bracket and from the motion gear (a total of ten camera views are included).

Whilst also watching from the different viewpoints of the footplate, footage is also included from the lineside showcasing ‘Illingworth’ from several different viewpoints along the Embsay & Bolton Abbey Railway.

There are three viewing options to the DVD, these include:

Option 1: Sit back and watch the action from the footplate, from several different camera angles including from the lineside. This option includes short titles informing you of key locations along the route.

Option 2: This option allows you to watch the driver and fireman from on-board the footplate, unedited for the whole trip from Bolton Abbey to Embsay.

Option 3: Take in the picturesque scenery as you watch the Yorkshire Dales pass by, this option allows you to watch from the driver’s window, unedited from Bolton Abbey to Embsay.

Approx. 31 minutes.

This dvd is being sold on behalf of and with full permission of the copyright owner – Steaming Around Yorkshire Film Productions – SAY.