Heritage Open Days: 10-19 Sept. 2021 - what will you discover?!
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Middleton Railway, Leeds

Middleton Railway Trust Ltd, Moor Road, Hunslet, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS10 2JQ

Come to see where the world's very first successful, load-hauling steam engines ran!

... This was at Middleton in Leeds in 1812! Heritage Open Day visitors will be given a guided and informative tour of our museum and Display Hall. They will get an account of how the horse-drawn colliery addressed the crisis of horse traction of 1812 by using revolutionary technology and see (pinion) track from 1812. They will also hear about the railway's brush with the machine-breakers who were of course in action in the area. Plus, they will see how a locomotive boiler works and explore the cabs of some locos - many in our collection (diesel as well as steam) having been built locally in Hunslet. Hunslet-built locos were exported around the world - including the Picton, which was brought back from Trinidad and is now on show with us. As visitors will also hear, Middleton was the first standard-gauge railway to be taken into preservation in this country. Finally, visitors will be able to see the trains working -though if they wish to ride, they will need to buy a ticket!

Event Times

Saturday 11 September: On the hour, from 10:00 to 15:00
Sunday 12 September: On the hour, from 10:00 to 15:00
Saturday 18 September: On the hour, from 10:00 to 15:00
Sunday 19 September: On the hour, from 10:00 to 15:00

Booking Details

No booking required

COVID-19 Considerations

This event will run in line with local & national government guidelines at the time of the festival.

Additional Information

Max 20 people per tour/session. 35 mins We are not offering any workshop-tours. Contact for the day: 0113 271 0320

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The railway entrance is on Moor Rd near to the roundabout with Tunstall Rd. It's not far from The Range. See website for more info.

Organised by

Middleton Railway Trust

Date last modified: 2nd August 2021 at 11:17