After the success of the first phase of camera installation at the delightful Keighley & Worth Valley Railway, we have returned to expand the coverage, including a world famous location made famous by The Railway Children.
The world premiere of The Railway Children Return took place recently at the Keighley Picture House, with a general release on Friday 15th July. To coincide with this, Railcam and KWVR have teamed up once again to bring you three new cameras along this beautiful heritage railway.
Current cameras at Keighley, Haworth and Oxenhope will be joined by two cameras at Damems Loop and the famous Oakworth station completes our extensive coverage.
Damems Loops is situated just south of Damems station, which is officially the smallest operating passenger station in the United Kingdom.
‘Small but perfectly formed is a great description of Damems – the Keighley & Worth Valley and Britain’s smallest railway station. Nestling in a wooded section of the Worth Valley, Damems, is now a request stop two miles from Keighley and if you want to board or leave the train here you’ll need to tell one of the train guards so they can instruct the driver to stop.
Although most other stops of this size on the British railway system are called ‘Halts’, Damems (pronounced Dam-ems) qualified for the title of the station because it had its own stationmaster’s house and, in years gone by, sidings that serviced an adjacent mill.‘
Our cameras are situated at either end of the loop, where we will get great views of the action as the train pass each other.
In comparison to the tiny nature of Damems, our second location should be familiar to many more of you, the home of ‘The Railway Children’, Oakworth.
‘Besides being one of the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway’s principal intermediate stops Oakworth’s Edwardian-style station has been guaranteed a place in cinematic history from its ‘starring’ role in the Lionel Jeffries 1971 classic film version of Edith Nesbit’s book, ‘The Railway Children’.
And Oakworth Station remains a ‘must see’ destination for any ‘Railway Children’ buff! The station building with its open fires, Edwardian-style booking office and period advertisements conjures up the hopes that Bernard Cribbins’ character ‘Mr Perks’ is still at work and that Roberta (Bobbie) will still be waiting for the steam to clear to speak those memorable lines: “Daddy, my Daddy!”
Now, 42-years later Oakworth will return to its place on the silver screen as the sequel to that all-time classic film so beloved by generations of families, ‘The Return of the Railway’ children is due for release on the 15th July 2022.
Our camera shows off the station beautifully, with a birds eye view from where you will be able to picture the scenes from The Railway Children films, both old and new…
Oakworth camera will go live on Saturday 16th July with Damems to follow in the coming days…..
You can see more from the World Premiere of The Railway Children Return by visiting the KWVR website here, where you can find behind the scenes photos and interviews featuring the cast and volunteers.
A date for your diary…. Railway Children Bank Holiday Celebration, find out more by clicking here.
This year, a dual celebration will be held over the August Bank Holiday weekend, celebrating the 1970s film “The Railway Children” which shot the KWVR to international stardom and won the hearts of millions. Alongside that, we will be celebrating “The Railway Children Return”, a brand new feature film set for release in the summer of 2022.
Across the bank holiday weekend, see re-enactments and locomotives featured in both films & visit Oakworth Station, the home of the “Railway Children”.
As always we would like to thank our tireless install team of our very our Andrew Jebb, assisted by KWVR’s Adrian, and to the railway for hosting the cameras. We would also like to thank everyone at the KWVR for all their assistance and making us feel very welcome whenever we visit.