About Us

RAIL STORY results from a collaborative plan between the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway, the Vintage Carriages Trust and the Bahamas Locomotive Society to develop the site progressively giving visitors greater opportunities to learn about and understand about the preservation and conservation of our railway heritage.

Bahamas Locomotive Society

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.

Vintage Carriages Trust

The Vintage Carriages Trust (VCT) is a volunteer body, based on the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway. It was formed in 1965 by a group of volunteers whose interest was in wooden bodied carriages. They could see that there was a need to concentrate on the preservation of these historic items which were in grave danger of disappearing due to the weather and vandalism damage and unsuitability for regular use on preserved railways of the day.
The Trust became a Registered Charity (No. 510776) in 1981 and a Registered Museum (No. 1202) in 1992. The Collection held by the Trust is at present nine historic railway carriages, also three small industrial steam locomotives, and a collection of railway posters and other miscellaneous railway items.
The Trust owns the Museum of Rail Travel and last twenty years this has developed into a large museum display and associated workshop, and is the Trust's headquarters.  

Keighley & Worth Valley Railway

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.

“RAIL STORY” OPENED ITS DOORS DURING 2016 AND THE THREE PARTNERS (KEIGHLEY & WORTH VALLEY RAILWAY, BAHAMAS LOCOMOIVE SOCIETY AND THE VINTAGE CARRIAGES TRUST) HAVE COMMENTED AS FOLLOWS:-

"Rail Story will transform Ingrow into a great day out for families and will enable the three partners to celebrate the passion and spirit of the people who have laboured over the past fifty years to preserve our railway heritage. I think it will also be the only place in the UK where visitors can see the preservation in action of the whole range of railway equipment - locomotives, carriages and the infrastructure in a perfect heritage setting”.
Helen Ashby OBE BA FMA
Museum Mentor, Bahamas Locomotive Society.


“Many railways put on their leaflets and publicity "More than just a train ride". Rail Story gives the truth to that line for the Worth Valley Railway, which can only bode well for the sustainability of all three partners in the long run, as well as encouraging visitors to spend more time at the railway, immersing themselves in a complete heritage experience”.
Anthony Coulls
Senior Curator Rail Transport & Technology, NRM.
Museum Mentor, Vintage Carriages Trust.


“We are really excited about the prospect of working with our partners, the Bahamas Locomotive Society and Vintage Carriages Trust, to create a very special visitor attraction at Ingrow, telling the Rail Story that can only be told when we are able to blend an operational heritage railway and the quality of exhibits that VCT and BLS offer. We look forward to developing the Ingrow site, starting with Bahamas's Learning Coach, but with future plans to make the site a 'must see' for those wanting to understand what it takes to restore and run a heritage railway”.
Dr. Matthew Stroh, 
Chairman, Keighley & Worth Valley Preservation Society Limited.
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