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SteamPunk Rolling Stock Out

Following the success of last year's venture, our "Steampunk Rolling Stock Out" event will be held on Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd July 2017, in collaboration with the Leeds Steampunk Market.  The train operations for this will be as follows.

  • Our usual train services will operate to the normal timetable;
  • For those aged 18 or over there is the opportunity to drive one of our locomotives under instruction, as we shall be operating 'Driver for a fiver':  for details of this see below;
  • So two different locomotives will be operating each day (one on each of these services):  on Saturday these will be one diesel and one steam locomotive, and on Sunday two steam locomotives.

As well as our train services, the "market stall" part of the event, which will be staged in the Engine House, will feature at least the following activities:

  • authors;
  • artists;
  • clothing stalls;
  • birds of prey (the owl will be flying again!);
  • hot and cold food stalls, including "The Golden Grail Tavern"; 
  • coffe jousting (and if you are not sure what that is, see the Leeds Steampunk Market website); and
  • a charity tombola in aid of the charity Railway Children, which fights for street children worldwide.

Normal train fares will apply for each day.  For visitors who just want entry to the market fair (and to our museum) we ask for a donation of at least £2.00p each.

The owl preparing to fly

Left:  the owl preparing to fly at the 2016 event.

Right:  the owl on top of Mirvale's cab.

Pictures © Tony Cowling, 2016.

The owl on Mirvale's cab

Driver for a fiver

The "driver for a fiver" experience at this event gives you the chance to drive one of our 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 for a fiver" 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 "Help Raise Steam in No. 6" appeal, for contributions toward the cost of completing the overhaul of one of our steam locomotives.  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.

General Conditions

Whilst every effort will be made to provide the advertised services, The Middleton Railway Trust Ltd. reserves the right to amend or cancel any service without prior notice and accepts no liability whatsoever for any inconvenience, loss or disappointment caused, including travel expenses.


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