Ingrow (West) station is the first station stop on the line out of Keighley. When the Preservation Society owned line opened in 1968, the original station was beyond repair so Ingrow operated as an unmanned halt. In the 1980s a successful appeal raised enough funds to purchase the old station at Foulridge (on the Skipton to Colne line) and, stone by stone, the station was re-erected at Ingrow West, giving the station you see today.
Ingrow is home RAIL STORY, a partnership between the Vintage Carriages Trust, Bahamas Locomotive Society and the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway featuring two award winning railway themed museums – The Museum of Rail Travel, run by the Vintage Carriages Trust (VCT) and Ingrow Loco, operated by the Bahamas Locomotive Society (BLS).
You will find the Museum of Rail Travel at the very far end of the Ingrow West Station site, 200 yards from the main entrance. You don’t have to be a railway enthusiast to enjoy the delights of this museum which houses several beautifully restored Victorian and Edwardian carriages. Throughout the museum there are displays of signs, posters and small exhibits from the railway of yesteryear now swept away as modernisation gripped the railway network.
Visitors can sit in the carriages and imagine what rail travel used to be like as sound and video presentations help bring the past to life and experience travel as it used to be in days gone by. See the differences between 1st, 2nd and 3rd class and imagine how it used to be for the masses as the gentry rode in exquisite luxury. Items from the Vintage Carriages Trust Collection have appeared in over 60 productions including South Riding, Cranford, North and South and Sons and Lovers and, most recently, filming took place of Testament of Youth, a major feature film to be released in 2015. There is also a shop selling a wide range of railwayana, magazines, books, model railway items as well as refreshments and ice creams.
Past the station booking hall entrance the first building was, in years gone by, the local goods shed. But now, it has been converted into a museum and locomotive maintenance and restoration centre for the Bahamas Locomotive Society.
The exhibition in the Museum has been created so you may follow a route, indicated by numbers on the panels, and take a brief journey through aspects of railway history. You will be able to understand something of the pastimes of trainspotting and playing with model train sets, and how these hobbies gave rise to today’s railway enthusiasts and eventually the formation of the heritage railway movement. Climbing the spiral staircase (or taking the lift) to the first floor, the visitor enters the Motive Power Department. It is here you will discover a story of the steam locomotive, how it was built and by whom, how it functions, and the drivers and firemen who operated them.