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The Keighley and Worth Valley Railway (Hardback)

Colour Books Photographic Books Transport > Trains & Railways World History > UK & Ireland

By Peter Waller
Imprint: Pen & Sword Transport
Pages: 120
Illustrations: 140 illustrations and maps
ISBN: 9781526702210
Published: 12th October 2023

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Now preserved for almost sixty years, the former Midland Railway branch from Keighley to Oxenhope to the west of Bradford may not be one of the country’s longest – indeed it only stretches for just under five miles – but it is one of the country’s most popular preserved lines.

With a history stretching back to the mid-nineteenth century, the Keighley & Worth Valley provided an essential link for the communities that it served for almost a century. The harsh economic realities of the 1950s made its future uncertain and its fate was, theoretically, sealed before the infamous Beeching Report of March 1963.

However, there were a number of local enthusiasts who, having previously witnessed the demise of the ex-Great Northern Railway Queensbury Triangle routes in the mid-1950s, were determined that the Oxenhope line would not suffer a similar fate.

With the line preserved, services were triumphantly restored in 1968 and the line has been providing pleasures for tourists and enthusiasts ever since.

"This is an excellent and enjoyable book, even for those, like myself, who have no particular interest in that railway. Highly recommended."

Tenterden Terrier

Article: How a picturesque line was saved and reborn

Telegraph and Argus (Bradford)

Article: How A Picturesque Line Was Saved And Reborn.

Telegraph & Argus - Wednesday, November 15, 2023

Article: Heritage railway the focus of new book

Keighley News

Article: 'Line made famous by movie is focus of book'

Telegraph and Argus (Bradford)

About Peter Waller

Brought up in Bradford, PETER WALLER grew up as the city’s trolleybus network gradually declined. In 1986 he commenced a career in publishing working for a number of years as Ian Allan Ltd publishing books, where he oversaw the commissioning and publication of a wide range of books. The first book he wrote was British and Irish Tramway Systems since 1945, in 1992. Since then he has written a number of transport books, moving to Shropshire where he is a director and secretary of the Online Transport Archive, vice-chairman of the West Shropshire Talking Newspaper, a committee member of the National Railway Heritage Awards and a past president of Rotary Club of Shrewsbury. He became a Council member of the National Transport Trust in 2020.

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