Full steam ahead in West Yorkshire

11 November 2011

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Have you seen steam trains on TV in series like “Poirot” and “Sherlock Holmes”? Do you want to see the coaches used in the filming and learn more about their TV and film roles? Then you need to visit the Museum of Rail Travel at Ingrow, near Keighley in West Yorkshire. It tells the story of passenger travel by rail and is open every day except Christmas Day. Inside you will find a unique collection of historic railway carriages and displays about their roles on the silver screen.

There is also a wealth of material associated with rail travel from the age of steam including  posters, timetables, maps, adverts, models and a coffee corner. Find out more at the Vintage Carriages Trust website.

While you are at the site you can discover what other historic railway vehicles are out there for you to visit on the searchable register at http://www.vintagecarriagestrust.org/surveystatus.asp

The searchable register will tell you not only what still exists but where it is and what condition it is in.

When you are travelling on the ‘big railway’ look out for plaques telling you about our fascinating railway history. Many of them are blue plaques awarded to the winners of the National Railway Heritage Awards – a yearly competition celebrating the restoration and upkeep of Britain’s railway infrastructure. Recent winners have covered everything from the splendours of St Pancras Station and Brunel’s Tamar Bridge to a cast iron gentlemen’s urinal at the National Tramway Museum.  For more information please visit the website.

Did you know that the Midland Railway symbol was at Wyvern while the North Eastern Railway specialised in tile maps of its system?  These, and many other, reminders of the railways of yesteryear are out there for you to explore and enjoy.

Posted by Chris Smyth, Heritage Railway Association

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