The Society was formed in 1967 with the aim of purchasing and maintaining in working order the former LMS Railway ‘Jubilee’ class steam locomotive No.45596 Bahamas .
We subsequently established the Dinting Railway Centre in Derbyshire – as a working museum to house Bahamas and our ever-growing collection of locomotives and rolling stock – before we relocated our operations to Ingrow.
We are registered as a Charity for educational purposes, for we continue to aspire to help explain the role of the steam locomotive in the development of this country and its people.
The Keighley & Worth Valley Railway is a preserved standard gauge line, staffed largely by unpaid volunteers, which joins the national railway network at Keighley and runs 5-miles up the valleys of the River Worth and Bridgehouse Beck to Oxenhope.
In June 1968, the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway opened for business, just weeks before the age of steam finally ended for British Railways. This was as a result of the foresight and efforts of a local group of railway enthusiasts who rescued the line after closure in 1962.
The Railway is perhaps most famous for its role in the 1970 film version of Edith Nesbit’s story The Railway Children. The Railway has published a book which describes the making of the film and includes over 70 photographs along with the recollections of many volunteers who were involved.