Riding the Rails from Keighley to Haworth on a Vintage Steam Train

Riding the Rails from Keighley to Haworth on a Vintage Steam Train

Wednesday, 23 December, 2020

In 2018, we traveled to Yorkshire to visit the Brontë Parsonage in Haworth, the Brontë sisters’ home that’s now a museum that celebrates their literary genius. The last leg of our journey was aboard a vintage steam train.

The Keighley and Worth Valley Railway is a heritage railway that runs through Brontë country from Keighley to Oxenhope. The countryside is green, the rails are satisfyingly rattly, and great clouds of steam puff into the sky as the train travels along its route. As you’ll see below, the train stations are delightfully charming. What’s missing are the dozens of people that stood on hilltops and fields and stands of trees, sometimes alongside sheep, to wave at the train as it chugged past.

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maroon sign with the word keighley at the keighley train station

maroon signs at the keighley train station

steam engine at the keighley train

inside the steam engine of the keighley train

maroon signs at the keighley train station

newstand at the keighley train station

plush blue seats inside the keighley train

maroon haworth sign at the haworth train station

conductor at the haworth train station

green meadow in haworth, uk
The green hills around Haworth.

sheep peeking over a stone wall

the bronte parsonage building in haworth, uk
The Brontë Parsonage.

If you go…

Get all the info you need on tickets, timetable, and special holiday events at the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway website.

  • Keighley & Worth Valley Railway
  • The Railway Station, Haworth
  • West Yorkshire BD22 8NJ
 

Visit the Brontë Parsonage website for opening hours, details about special exhibits, and their excellent online shop.

  • Brontë Parsonage Museum
  • Church Street
  • Haworth, West Yorkshire

Top image courtesy of J. Jackson UK/Shutterstock.

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