The Keighley & Worth Valley Railway was built by local businesses and first opened to traffic in 1867, designed to supply the local mills with the coal they required. It was later taken over by the Midland Railway and after the Grouping of the Railways in 1923, the line became part of the London, Midland and Scottish Railway. It was later absorbed into British Rail in 1948.
The line continued until 1961, before the infamous Beeching Report. However, a preservation group was soon formed, and they quickly purchased the line from BR. The Keighley & Worth Valley Railway was reopened in 1968 as a heritage railway, and remains the only preserved line to run at its complete original length.
Since its preservation, the railway has gone from strength to strength, and it is not difficult to see why; the line passes through five miles of the wild countryside immortalised by the Brontës, some of England's most beautiful scenery. The line was used to film The Railway Children in 1970, and has "starred" in countless other TV and film productions since, ranging from episodes of Poirot to The Great Train Robbery and Testament of Youth.