Worth A Visit

Last night we had a present surprise.  At 21:15 we saw a double rainbow.

A Double Rainbow
A Double Rainbow

Today we travelled on the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway from Keighley to Oxenhope on a diesel and back on the steam train.

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Keighley Station

It was an interesting journey inspite of the weather and the carriages were much as we remembered from journeys in our youth.

I Remember It Well
I Remember It Well

Perhaps though the gas lights were a bit before our time.

Still Working
Still Working

Oakworth is particularly well known as the station that featured in the file The Railway Children.

Oakworth In The Rain

Note the “Ladies Room”.  They expected special treatment in those days with their own waiting rooms.

Damems claims to be Britain’s smallest standard-gauge railway station.  It is only one carriage long and anyone wishing to alight here must inform the guard and travel in the first carriage.

Dammed Station.  Note Portable Steps!
Damems Station. Note Portable Steps!

There is a railway museum in Oxenhope which we looked around and found the following on one of its notice boards:

Haworth is world famous as the home of Anne, Emily and Charlotte Brontë who wrote their books whilst living at the Parsonage in the village.  All the sisters died young; indeed, the average life expectancy in Haworth at that time was around 28.  Not only was this due to the awful climate (still with us today!) but also because until 1860 the main supply of water ran from the moors, through the graveyard, to a pump by the Black Bull.

We can fully understand the sentiments about the weather!

Romy and Peter stopped off on the way back at Riddlesden Hall a quite small but interesting local NT property.

Riddlesden Hall
Riddlesden Hall



Drab Dale Days

This was the brightest bit of the day.

On The Outskirts Of Silsden Before Bridge 192
On The Outskirts of Silsden Before Bridge 192

Oh dear.  What can we say.  Here we sit with the rain coming down in heavy showers.  At least there are no more hailstones.  We have reached Stockbridge after a short trip through some very pleasant wooded areas.  One of the swing bridges (196?) has a lock that has to be lifted vertically and weighs around 5 ton and a rotating mechanism that needs a team of horses to move it.  The good news is that it has been recently painted!

We are looking forward to a drier day tomorrow, a trip on the train and visit to East Riddlesden Hall.