Our initial programme of special events is shown on the calendar of train services for 2018, and details of each of these events are given below.
In addition, other events may well be organised during the year in conjunction with our ordinary train operations, such as heritage diesel services. Watch out for details of these extra events, which will be added to this page as the dates for them are fixed.
Saturday 31st March, Sunday 1st and Monday 2nd April 2018
Free chocolate for Easter
For children travelling on the train services and accompanied by a fare-paying adult, we will be giving away free chocolate.
Steam trains will run on all three days, and our usual timetable and fares will apply.
Saturday 21st April 2018
Come and find out about local groups. Perhaps get involved?
We hope that at least the following organisations will be represented:
- Friends of Middleton Park,
- South Leeds Archaeology Society,
- Voluntary Action Leeds,
- The Greyhound Trust,
- West Yorkshire Police,
- West Yorkshire Fire Brigade (perhaps even with a Fire Engine attending 11.00 to 12.00 and 2.00 to 3.00, unless it is called away to deal with a fire).
Diesel trains will be running, and our usual timetable and fares will apply, with fares concessions for passengers from our local community.
Saturday 5th May, Sunday 6th May and Monday 7th May 2018
Support the Alzeimer's Society
For our charity weekend there will be activities to support the work of the Alzheimer's Society.
Steam trains will run on all three days, and our normal timetable will apply. A separate page will give more details of this event.
Sunday 6th May and Monday 7th May 2018
Come and admire the bluebells in Middleton Park
On each day some trains will be met at Middleton Park for a family-friendly walk round the Bluebell displays. Each walk will give you a chance to explore the woods and see the Bluebells with an experienced local guide.
Bring your teddy bear
There are special fare offers for children, with or without teddy bears, provided that they are accompanied by a fare-paying adult.
Steam trains will run on both days, and our normal timetable will apply. A separate page gives more details of this event.
Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th June 2018
See the models alongside the real thing
Now a well established event, the Model Railway Exhibition will feature both models and the real thing in action. There will be an opportunity to drive one of our locos, as well as see the museum full of layouts.
Steam trains will run on both days, and special ticket prices will apply. A separate page gives more details of this event.
Saturday 30th June and Sunday 1st July 2018
Come and enjoy Steam Punks in action
If you are not sure who or what "Steam Punks" are, then visit the website of the Leeds Steampunk Market, with whom we are collaborating to arrange this event. The link to their site will open in a new browser window or tab.
The event will feature a variety of market stalls with arts, crafts and costumes, hot and cold food, birds of prey, charity tombola and "Coffee Jousting" displays.
Our usual steam trains will be running, and also you could have have a ride in the cab of one of them.
Steam trains will run on both days, and our usual timetable will apply, but with special ticket prices. A separate page gives more details of this event.
Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th July 2018
Running our home fleet of Leeds built diesel locomotives
This gala event will feature passenger trains and mixed trains operating over the whole line, including the little-used Balm Road branch.
On each day a special intensive service of diesel trains will operate, and special fares will apply. A separate page will give more details of this event.
Sunday 19th August 2018
Rides on vintage Leeds buses
We will be participating in this event, which will be the fifth in the series. It will see vintage Leeds City Transport buses (and others) running on a route through the city that links up local museums.
Steam trains will run, and our usual timetable and fares will apply. A separate page will give more details of this event.
Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th September 2018
Come and find out more about our industrial heritage
As our contribution to the nation-wide "Heritage Open Days" event, we will be offering tours of this historic site, on the railway where the world’s very first successful, load-hauling steam locomotive ran in the year of 1812.
The tours will run hourly from 10.00 to 3.00 p.m. on both days, and there is no need to book for them. They will take visitors through our history from the working of the coal outcrops in Middleton Woods in mediaeval times, via the country’s first wooden (horse-drawn) railway in the eighteenth century and the revolutionary steam loco “Salamanca” - arguably, Leeds’ premier contribution to the Industrial Revolution - to the present situation as the country‘s first standard-gauge preserved railway. After that, visitors will be welcome to buy a ticket and ride on our trains!
Diesel trains will run on Saturday and steam trains on Sunday. Our usual timetable and fares will apply. There is no charge for the tours.
Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th September 2018
A commemoration of our mining heritage
This gala event will recreate some of the sights from the days when the Middleton Colliery was still sending coal to Leeds. It will feature passenger trains and mixed trains operating over the whole line, including the little-used Balm Road branch.
There is a development project supporting this event, and a separate page gives more details of this project.
On each day a special intensive service of steam trains will operate, and special fares will apply. Another separate page will give more details of this event.
Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st October 2018
Our first Comic-Con style event!
This event will feature special exhibits, sci-fi characters in costume, and more.
Steam trains will run, and our usual timetable will apply, but special fares will be charged. Nearer the time a separate page will give more details of this event.
Saturday 1st, Sunday 2nd, Saturday 8th, Sunday 9th, Saturday 15th, Sunday 16th, Saturday 22nd, Sunday 23rd and Monday 24th December 2018
Meet Santa Claus on our trains!
A separate page gives more details of these trains, and of how to book for them, including the facility to book online.
Bookings are now open.
Monday 1st January 2019
Mark New Year's Day
The ideal way to celebrate New Year’s Day 2019 (and perhaps even to recuperate from New Year’s Eve).
More details of this event will be available nearer the time.
Other pages of our web site will provide more information about: