The railway welcomes visitors with mobility difficulties or special needs and our staff will happily assist as required. Ramps are available at stations and on trains to allow wheelchair users easy access between platform and trains.
COACHES - our services use historic carriages which were built many years ago and the width of the entrance doors, unfortunately, may cause difficulties for some wheelchair users. All trains carry ramps and larger non-folding wheelchairs may be conveyed in the guard's compartment.
STATIONS - level or ramped access is available to all station sites, viewing galleries, museums and picnic areas. Ramps are available at all stations except Damems.
TOILETS - these are available at all stations, with those at Haworth having full disabled access. Some trains have toilet facilities but these are generally small.
ASSISTANCE - if you have any doubts or require assistance with your travel arrangements, please contact Haworth station in advance on 01535 645214.
There is no typical KWVR volunteer: there are bank managers, shop workers, nurses, computer programmers, telephone engineers, bus drivers, the unemployed, clergymen, students and factory workers - plus the occasional professional railwayman, too!
Some volunteers virtually live on the Railway, others limit their commitment to a day a month. Some work in the public eye, others slave away in workshops (or at computer screens!). All departments provide training to new volunteers. The KWVR has an excellent purpose built accommodation block - Stanier House at Haworth, which is available free of charge to volunteers working on the Line - advance booking is recommended.
Please note that for their own safety and that of the passengers, volunteers with impaired eyesight, hearing or mobility will not normally be able to undertake operating duties or work on the track. However, the Railway's policy is to allow all people to do as much as they can safely and competently manage.
YES - we welcome school groups and offer a useful discount for pre-booked groups of 20 or more. For more details or to make a booking, simply ring 01535 645214 during normal office hours.
The Keighley & Worth Valley Railway is owned, operated and managed entirely by members of the Preservation Society. Members have the opportunity of volunteering for work on the Railway.
The Railway's highly democratic structure enables all members to take an active part in forming policy of each department. Members of each department vote on issues which effect their department at monthly committee meetings and elect the chair and secretary of their committee each year who run the department from day-to-day.
The elected officers of each committee in turn report to the Council of the Society (elected by the entire Society membership) which meets each month in Haworth. The KWVR is very proud of this unique democratic structure which is similar to a small town council. The KWVR is essentially a workers' co-operative.