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Train Rides

Train rides are ...

  • the highlight of any visit!
  • from Moor Road to Park Halt and back again
  • round trip about 25 minutes
    • or get off at Park Halt to visit Middleton Park, and return on a later train
  • normally return tickets are valid all day
    • so have more than one ride if you wish

 

 

visitors enjoying a train ride

Visitors enjoying a train ride

 

a diesel train

A diesel train leaving the Moor Road platform

Normal services ...

  • diesel trains on Saturdays and Wednesdays
  • steam trains on Sundays and Bank Holidays
  • first train departs from Moor Road at 11.00 am
  • last train departs at 4.00 pm,
    • or 3.20 pm on Wednesdays and during winter months

 

Please check the
timetable ...

  • for details of special events
  • for changes to train times

 
 

 

a train at a gala

A special train for a gala,
in the Moor Road platform

See what others say about us ...

 

Find out more ...

  • about where we are
  • about our train services
  • about party trains
  • about tour parties
  • about special events
  • our brochure for 2016

 

When You First Arrive

  • the ticket office is in our Engine House building
  • after purchasing tickets you enter our introductory gallery
  • adjacent to our souvenir shop
  • browse this now, or leave it until after your train ride

 

ticket office window

The entrance and ticket office window

 

the introductory gallery

The introductory gallery

In the introductory gallery ...

  • displays explain why the Middleton Railway is so important
  • and its links with the Leeds locomotive building industry
  • you can watch the "Tales of Middleton"
    • short audio-visual features
    • about some of the people in the railway’s history

The Display Hall

This contains our museum collection ...

  • many of our locomotives
  • items from the railway's history
  • items from the Leeds locomotive building industry
  • explanations of how they work
  • you can visit the cabs of two of the steam locomotives
  • access free

 
 

 

A locomotive in the display hall

One of the locomotives in the display hall.
The steps allow you to visit the cab

Middleton Park

 

bluebells in the park

Bluebells in Middleton Park

Next to our Park Halt ...

  • the Park covers about 630 acres
  • it has a mix of ancient woodland, open grassland and recreational areas
  • it features a boating lake and visitor centre
  • there is easy walking along signposted paths

Historic features ...

  • signs of the old coal mining activities
    • some date back to the seventeenth century
  • in particular "bell pits", where coal had been dug out
    • long before mine shafts or tunnels
    • depressions shaped like an up-turned bell
  • also a replica horse gin
    • for winding coal up an early mine shaft
  • marked trails to help you explore

 

the replica horse gin

The replica horse gin in Middleton Park
(but no horse to work it!)

 

Passengers at Park Halt

Passengers at Park Halt,
watching the locomotive run round the train.

Friends of Middleton
Park ...

  • support the park’s development
  • organise a programme of special events
  • for more information ...

 
 

Special Events

Special train services that we run ...

  • using some of our heritage diesel locomotives
  • or mixed trains, with goods wagons as well as passenger coaches
  • or special attractions ...
    • our model railway exhibition
    • walks on the old mining trails
    • gala events

 

 

a mixed train

A mixed train being run as part of a special event

 

a decorated party coach

The saloon coach decorated for a party.
The table at the end can be used for catering

Party trains ...

  • hire a coach for a birthday (or other) party ...
    • it will be reserved for your use
    • morning, afternoon or all day
    • we will decorate the coach and set up a table
    • you organise your own catering
  • Coach tours ...
    • we can make special arrangements for these

 

Refreshments and Souvenirs

Our Café and
Shop ...

  • sit down with a welcome cup of tea or coffee
    • or a variety of other drinks (hot or cold)
    • but not alcoholic - we are not licenced
  • plus sweets, cakes or other light refreshments
  • browse our range of souvenirs
    • including books
    • and especially "Bert's Tales of Middleton"
    • DVDs and videos
    • and other toys

 
 

 

the cafe and shop

The café and shop

a stand of cakes

Temptation in the café

For Enthusiasts

 

a volunteer at work

A volunteer member at work

Of special interest ...

  • our hugely important history
  • our collection of Leeds-built locomotives
  • our publications about these
  • becoming a member, or
  • becoming a working volunteer

 

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