Model Railway Exhibition 2018
We will be open from 10:00 until 17:00 each day, and steam passenger trains will be operating regularly between 11:00 and 16:00 on both days. Light refreshments are available as usual in our shop/café.
Admire the models set amongst the real thing in our Engine House and you can travel on a full size steam train. There is also the opportunity (for those 18 or over) to drive a full size locomotive - two different locomotives will be in operation each day. Steam locomotives are now in their third century of operation at Middleton, and we will be operating 'Driver Experiences' on one of ours - when did you last do that at a Model Railway Exhibition? More details of these opportunities are given below.
With the exception of a 'Driver Experience', all areas of the exhibition and the train rides are accessible to visitors with disabilities.
Exhibition/Engine House/Platform without train rides:
Exhibition/Engine House plus unlimited train rides:
We are expecting at least nine layouts in a variety of scales, which will certainly include O, OO, N and 009. Layouts will include: Water Street Sidings (O), Middleton Colliery (OO), Lothersdale (N), Much Snoring (N), Angst-Lesspork (OO9), and Blwch Teganau (OO9), together with demonstrations from UK Train sim live. Reminding us that model railways are fun too we have vintage Tri-ang OO and some ‘hands on’ layouts – all upstairs in our ‘play room’! Traders will include Keith’s Model Railways, Leigh Models and Hobbies, Helm Models & Hobbies, Leeds Transport Historical Society (with a tarmway layout) and second hand tables.
This is an event for all the family - not just the modeller. When the non-modellers have exhausted the facilities we offer at Moor Road we have Middleton Park and Woods at the top of the line, the Tulip Retail Park is opposite and the White Rose Shopping Centre is just a short distance away. We pride ourselves on a welcome for all - come and experience it for yourselves.
Some of the layouts at a previous year's model railway exhibition, looking past HC 1369 (built 1919), "Manchester Ship Canal No. 67".
Picture © Tony Cowling, 2015
The "driver experience" at this exhibition gives you the chance to drive one of our steam locomotives for a short distance, up and down one of our sidings. This will be under instruction from one of our senior drivers, who will make sure that nothing can go wrong.
There are a number of special conditions that do have to apply to this, and these are as follows.
- For a "driver experience" you must be at least 18 years old, and not older than 76 years.
- You also need to be in reasonable health - at least up to the level that is required to drive a motor car - and at the time of the experience you must not be under the influence of either drink or drugs.
- No prior booking is needed: experiences will be available on a first-come-first-served basis.
- In return for the experience, donations are invited towards our appeal to help return "No. 6" to steam: a minimum figure of £5 is requested, but if you are willing to donate more than this it will be much appreciated.
- You should wear suitable clothes, and reasonably stout shoes. Trainers are not sufficient - they would not protect your toes if a lump of coal dropped on them! We can then lend you an overall coat and a pair of gloves for the duration of the experience.
Other pages of our web site will provide more information about: