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Middleton Railway

Middleton Railway Middleton Railway


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Leeds, LS10 2JQ

1 miles



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4ft 8½in



The Middleton Railway was first established by act of parliament in 1758.

This was the very first standard gauge railway to be run by volunteers, preserved after abandonment by the National Coal Board in 1960, and has continued that way ever since.

Supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund in 2005, the Railway has now progressed to become an Accredited Museum with a magnificent new Engine House.

You can now enjoy learning how the oldest working Railway in the world has progressed over the years, through 1812, when the first ever revenue earning steam locomotives were introduced, to the present day where you can now travel as a passenger. As well as many interesting artefacts and displays the Engine House holds part of the "Leeds Collection", a collection of locomotives, both steam and diesel, built in Leeds.

Your Heritage Railway visit is just over 1 mile south of the centre of Leeds, a heritage rich cosmopolitan city of West Yorkshire.

This is a "working" museum where many of the locomotives are used to haul the operational trains.

Your visit will be enhanced by our new facilities including shop, refreshments, toilet facilities plus baby change, and full site access for the disabled.