Last night we had a present surprise. At 21:15 we saw 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.
It was an interesting journey inspite of the weather and the carriages were much as we remembered from journeys in our youth.
Perhaps though the gas lights were a bit before our time.
Oakworth is particularly well known as the station that featured in the file The Railway Children.
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.
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.