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Little & Large Dvd: Keighley & Worth Valley Railway, Part 2
The Keighley & Worth Valley Railway is the only complete branch line in Britain, running from the popular town of Keighley to Oxenhope, 660 feet above sea level.
The steep gradient up the Worth Valley has been a challenge for engines ever since the line opened on the 15th April 1867.
The five mile branch line is complete with strenuous gradients, as steep as 1 in 56 as the train leaves Keighley Station and approaches Dames.
When British Railways closed the line in 1962, local people and railway enthusiasts joined forces to try and save it.
A Preservation Society was formed and after many years of volunteer struggle the line re-opened to passenger traffic on 29th June 1968.
Diesel railcars were purchased to operate a daily passenger service, a diesel locomotive to work goods trains and several steam locomotives and carriages to operate a tourist service.
Over the years, the railway has become one of the biggest tourist attractions in Yorkshire, starred in many TV episodes and films including ‘The Railway Children’ and carried thousands of passengers from the town of Keighley to the villages along the valley to Oxenhope.
Since volunteers re-opened the railway in 1968 many steam engines have graced their presence along the route from Keighley to Oxenhope, including many small industrial tank engines and large mainline pacific engines.
This programme features on several steam engines at the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway between 2012 and 2016.
Engines featured include:
BR 2MT No.78019
BR 4MT No.75078
BR 4MT No.80002
BR 8F No.90733
GWR 15xx No.1501
GWR 78xx No.7812 ‘Erlestoke Manor’
Hudswell Clarke No.1704 ‘Nunlow’
Lancashire & Yorkshire ‘A Class’ No.1300
Lancashire & Yorkshire ‘Ironclad’ No.957
LMS 2MT No.41241
LMS 4F No.43924
LMS 5MT No.45305
LNER K4 No.61994 ‘The Great Marquis’
LNWR ‘Coal Tank’ No.1054
SR West Country No.34092 ‘Wells’
Taff Vale O2 Tank No.85
USATC S160 No.5820
Engines both little and large are witnessed hauling a range of passenger, vintage and freight services along the five mile branch line including trackside shots.
Approx. 105 minutes.
This dvd is being sold on behalf of and with full permission of the copyright owner – Steaming Around Yorkshire Film Productions – SAY.