We were taking a winding route home from a family wedding when we spotted a steam railway line marked on our map, running almost alongside the road. We both really love steam trains, so we pulled into the nearest station to see whether it was running. The timetable showed that the train should be arriving in Howarth, some five minutes away, about ten minutes later.
The race was on: we hurried along the country lanes and rushed to find a parking spot. There's a bridge over the line, which gives a great view of the station, and we sprinted up to the top just in time to see a puff of steam approaching. A few moments later, this beautiful black engine chuffed into view.
The Keighley & Worth Valley Railway is only a short branch line with half a dozen stations, but we'll definitely be returning to take a train ride next time we're in the area. You can get a day pass to hop on and off, as many times as you like, which sounds like a fabulous day's entertainment. The stations have all been styled to recall the steam age - Howarth is a very pretty station, and I'm sure the others are equally pleasing.
After stopping to unload a few passengers, the train was on her way again, covering us in soot - and giving us a great view of the furnace - as she passed beneath our bridge.