A friend of mine will be celebrating his 60th birthday soon. A life-long confirmed stream train addict, this is the ultimate gift for him: a whole day driving a steam engine! On the day, the birthday boy will spend the whole day with the train, driving the engine. He can take along 4 guests (hope I'm 1!) and they will be served a buffet style lunch. At the end of the day he can, if he wishes, go back to the engine shed to help "put-the-engine-to-bed' (KWVR words) and will receive a certificate of the day. The price also includes a year's membership to the Trust for the KWVR and some free trips throughout the year. What more can a man ask?
The Keighley and Worth Valley Railway is a working railway operating daily trips between Oxenhope and Keighley in West Yorkshire where it joins the main-line railway system. Indeed, some outlying communities use the line to do their main shopping in Keighley. Most of the trains are pulled (and pushed) by steam engines although some historic deisel engines are also used.
It is real step back in time and a joy to see the traditions live on. We are particularly lucky this railway line runs through West Yorkshire, that part known as Bronte Country after the famous Bronte sisters. It is also the line used to film The Railway Children.