Seeing it was a long weekend we decided to have a couple of nights away for the May Day Bank Holiday , We’d talked about going down to the Worth Valley Railway for a while now (the last time i was there was in the 70’s) and it would also give Melanie a chance to visit the Brontë Parsonage Museum . Our base of operations would be the Mercure Bradford Bankfield Hotel at Bingley , we travelled down on the Friday night after work and on arrival had a meal and a drink in the bar before retiring for the night……
Saturday 30th April
We decided to have an Early rise (well early for a weekend….) to get as much out of the day as possible and had a full English at the Hotel (very nice it was too !) , We drove over to Oxenhope to pick up the train , the weather didn’t look to clever as we left – Rain and Hail – but the sun appeared once we arrived at the station .
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The Steam Loco on duty today was a War Department (WD) Austerity 2-8-0 No. 90733, built in early 1945 , it was used on the European Continent to aid troop and supplies movement across Europe. After the 2nd World war it was sold to the Netherlands State Railway , then re-sold to the Swedish State Railways before being purchased in the Early 70’s by the KWVR .
The Railway is only 4.5 miles long so the journey doesn’t take that long , 25 mins , so we made good use of the Rover ticket (£16) and made a few journeys and jumping on and off at a few stations .
The Train had a bar on it whch we took advantage of……
Half way up the line is a passing point for the two trains , the Diesel is an ex-BR Class 37……
As every one will know the railway is famous for being the setting of the 1970 film “The Railway Children” and you get to see a few of the places used on the journey .
We alighted at Haworth to visit the Brontë Parsonage Museum , the one thing they don’t warn you about in the guide books is the climb up from the Station to the Parsonage, it’s bloody steep! The one saving grace is the streets are still quite original if slightly commercialised .
The museum was very interesting , especially for someone interested in the Brontës work like Melanie , i could imagine it gets very crowded in the summer !
We headed back to the Station to take one more ride down to Keighley .
So after a fantastic day , we bid farewell to the Railway and went back to the Hotel for the evening .
Sunday May 1st
After a leisurely Breakfast we packed the car and headed off to Oakworth Station to visit the Work Place of Albert Perks ! We hadn’t managed to alight here yesterday so took the chance to visit it today . The Steam loco on duty today was the BR Standard Class 4MT No.75078 .
The building to the left of the train was used as the Perks Home .
So after a great weekend away we headed back north , We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to West Yorkshire , The Hotel was great – Lovely surroundings , and a very nice room – The Railway was great and we are already planning to return to do “The Railway Children Walk” , all 6 miles of it !