Roses Battle by Steam & the Worth Valley at 50

Roses Battle by Steam & the Worth Valley at 50

At the end of June the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway celebrates its 50th anniversary with a once-in-a-generation week of festivities of steam and diesel, with locos of all sizes, plus a recreation of the line's inaugural running in 1967. We thought we would celebrate with our own 'battle of the roses' tour, picking off Yorkshire and Lancashire steam and heritage railways from our base at an iconic railway hotel. With Railtrail opening the batting you are sure to come up smelling of roses!

8 Days From Only £895



Monday 25th June 2018



  • Most of Yorkshire & Lancashire’s steam railways on one tour!

  • Stay at Bradford’s iconic 4* Midland Hotel with dinner every evening

  • Tickets included to two days at the Keighley & Worth Valley 50th Anniversary Gala

  • Skirt the Dales by Steam on the Embsay & Bolton Abbey Steam Railway

  • Heritage diesel through scenic Herriot Country on the Wensleydale Railway

  • Tour & Tasting at the Black Sheep Brewery

  • Steam through the South Pennines on the Kirklees Light Railway

  • Go underground at Yorkshire’s National Coal Mining Museum

  • Special charter, museum and loco shed tour at the Middleton Railway

  • Steam across the moors on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway

  • Sneak across the Pennines to visit the Ribble Valley Steam Railway

  • Visit the fascination Bury Transport Museum

  • Steam from Bury to Rawtenstall on the East Lancashire Railway



Also included in your Tour Fare:

  • Dinner every evening

  • Rail travel & seat reservations from your Home Station to Tour Base (Standard or First Class)

  • Services of experienced Railtrail Tour Manager


Arrive in Bradford and make your way to the Midland Hotel, our historic railway hotel situated next to the city's Forster Square station. Our programme for the following days is as follows, although some of the days may be switched dependent on the final timetable of the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway Steam Gala.



A fabulous tour of the Dales awaits today, as we transfer first to Bolton Abbey for a ride on the Embsay & Bolton Abbey Railway along the former Skipton-Ilkley Line to Embsay Station, which was built in 1888. Heading north by coach through the heart of the Yorkshire Dales, we pick up the Wensleydale Railway, a preserved railway servicing locals and tourists alike on a scenic line through Wensleydale that once connected the East Coast Mainline with the Settle & Carlisle. Our circular tour of the Dales then ends in Masham with a tour and tasting at the excellent Black Sheep Brewery.

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Today sees three first time visits for Railtrail as we head south to the foothills of the South Pennines to ride the Kirklees Light Railway. Originally a branch line serving coal mining communities, the last coal traffic used the original track in 1986. Following the line's closure, volunteers built a 15 inch gauge light railway between the villages of Clayton West and Shelley. Today's coal theme continues to the National Coal Mining Museum, where you can descend to the seams in an original cage for a guided walk with an ex-miner. For those not wishing to go underground, there is an interesting museum on the surface and original colliery buildings and baths. Our day then ends at the Middleton Railway, another former colliery line near Leeds and the world's oldest working railway. After a special private charter we enjoy a tour of the loco and rolling stock collection before returning to Bradford by coach.

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The Trans-Pennine Express transports us to Malton for a short road transfer to Pickering. Here we board the North Yorkshire Moors Railway for a stunningly diverse journey in heritage carriages to the coast. Steaming across heather moorland landscapes, we pass by Goathland, familiar to many as 'Aidensfield' in 'Heartbeat', before descending to Whitby, a picturesque fishing port framed by its famous abbey. Climb the steps to the abbey or simply enjoy some of the finest fish and chips in Yorkshire before we make the return journey.

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Today is scheduled as the day the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway will run its re-enactment of the 'Reopening Special' from 50 years ago. Today would seem to be a good day to visit the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway 50th Anniversary Gala, where you can ride to your heart's content through countryside made familiar through film, the Railway Children.

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From Bradford we take the scenic journey across the Pennines to Preston, where a short transfer takes us to the Ribble Steam Railway for a three mile round trip and taste of Lancashire's industrial heritage, including a swing bridge, a unique feature of the railway. A coach transfer brings us south to Bury to visit the Bury Transport Museum before we steam through the Irwell Valley from Bury to Rawtenstall on the East Lancashire Railway. A short coach transfer to Burnley Manchester Road enables us to catch our train back to Bradford.

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Today is the final day of the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway 50th Anniversary Gala, so we intend to celebrate with them again, with a second day rover ticket enabling you to explore the line all day on what is planned to be a traditional mixed traffic weekend.

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We bid farewell to Bradford and make our way home.


B=Breakfast, D=Dinner


Midland Hotel, Bradford

Built between 1885 and 1890 by the Midland Railway Company, the Midland Hotel was a showpiece for the railway company's northern operations, and is of particular architectural interest, with some of the finest Victorian interiors in the city. Today sees a hotel that has undergone a transformation, with investment to all areas of the building, restoring it to its original greatness.



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Join & Leave at Hotel £895


Single Room Supplement £175


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