IN PICTURES: Last steam train passes over historic bridge in Keighley

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Bridge 11 on the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway
Credit: Neil Terry Photography

The last steam train has passed over a historic bridge on the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway which is due to be replaced.

Bridge 11, found between Ingrow West and Damems on the 5-mile long heritage railway, was built when the line to Oxenhope was created, all the years ago.

A number of famous locomotives have passed over the bridge in its time, including Flying Scotsman and Royal Scot and the prototype HST at the Mixed Traffic Gala.

BR Standard 2 78022 was the locomotive in operation which hauled the final steam passenger service over the bridge.

78022 heads the last train service over the old Bridge 11 on the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway
Credit: Chris King

The railway has set up The Bridge 11 Appeal, aimed at raising the £150,000 needed to replace the bridge.

YOU CAN HELP: The KWVR appreciates any donations – you can help by clicking here.

Some parts of the bridge have already been delivered to the site, with the steam crane also heading to the bridge to help with the installation of the new bridge.

The replacement of the bridge means that the line will be closed between Damems Junction and Keighley.

Diesel railbus passes over Bridge 11 on the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway
Credit: Matthew Stroh

Trains will run between Damems Junction and Oxenhope only (calling at Oakworth, Haworth and Oxenhope).

A rail replacement bus services will operate between Keighley and Haworth via Ingrow West.

You can see a video, courtesy of Chris King, below showing the last service over the bridge.

Many thanks to Neil Terry, Matthew Stroh and Chris King for providing the images in this article of Bridge 11.

We recently visited the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway for their 2020 Spring Steam Gala. You can pre-order a copy of our 3 Disc Set of the event and view the trailer by clicking here. Pre-orders also include 2 FREE A4 unframed prints worth £9.99 each!

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