After we visited Haworth Again, which I wrote about in my last post, we decided to call in at Oakworth Station. It's less than two miles from Haworth and was made famous when The Railway Children was filmed there.
When you enter the ticket office at Oakworth Station, it's like stepping back in time. There's no mod cons here and that's its charm. While we were there the station master took a phone call, not on his mobile phone as you might think but on an old-fashioned candlestick telephone.
It was a chilly day, we were only just into March, and it was lovely to get warm by the real fire, which was lit in the hearth, before we walked through to the platform.
The station was built and opened with the rest of the line for passengers in 1867. It's part of the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway.
The line was closed in 1962 but the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway Preservation Society took over the line and station and reopened it in 1968. It now runs a regular weekend service up the valleys of the River Worth and Bridgehouse Beck to Oxenhope, as well as special events throughout the year.
We'd arrived after one train had left and another was due so we didn't get to see a steam train on this occasion but we enjoyed our visit to the station just the same.
As I've mentioned, The Railway Children, which was released in 1970, was filmed at Oakworth Station and there's plaques pertaining to this on the walls. I believe some scenes from the recent remake of All Creatures Great and Small were filmed here too.
I enjoyed seeing all the old signs on the fencing, some of these bring back memories.
There's even an old handcart and luggage.
At the other end of the station building is the Ladies' Waiting Room.
I can just imagine the ladies in Victorian times waiting for their train in this room. There was another lit fire here too and the clock gave a lovely loud tick tock sound. There's even a tablecloth and flowers on the table and a rug by the hearth, things were done properly in those days.
Lighting is still by gas lamps.
I'm really pleased we called at Oakworth Station, it's a shame we missed seeing a train but it gives us an excuse to return, and perhaps we'll even take a ride rather than just watching, who knows.