Damems

Damems (pronounced Dam-emms) station has a ticket-cum-station masters office, waiting room, toilet, signal box and house still in Keighley Worth Valley Railway ownership. This ‘full-size’ station is the smallest in Britain. Damems station was opened in 1867 with the purpose of serving a small mill close-by. The platform has only ever been one coach long but there used to be a siding on the site which is now occupied by the station house on the opposite side to the platform. From 1928 until the station closed in 1961 Mrs Annie Feather who lived in the station house opened the level crossing, by hand. She operated the signals from a ground frame in the front garden. In 1971 the frame that had been used in Annie Feather’s garden was transferred into a cabin that had been acquired from Earby Gates on the then Skipton to Colne line.

The current booking office and waiting room is a completely new structure which replaced the former Keighley (MR) goods yard tickets checkers cabin which succumbed to rot in 1993. The new structure is based on the original Damems station building built by the Midland Railway. The station was featured as Ormston in the BBC TV production “Born and Bred” and also appeared as Grimpen in the BBC TV production “The Hound of the Baskervilles”.

Damems is a request stop and those wishing to alight here should inform the Guard and travel in the front coach.