This is the title of a series of books that we are producing to explain the history of the railway, and in particular to do so in a way that children and young people should find interesting.  We have recently published the first book in the series, entitled "Bert's Tales of Middleton 1758 - 1880".

As the title suggests, the series is themed round the fictional character of "Bert the Middleton Lad", and this first book is an exciting story of his early life on the railway. Below is the picture that appears on the front cover of it (© Richard Stead 2014).

Bert's Tales front cover

To complement this book, when you visit the railway you will see cut-out images of Bert, produced by the same people who are producing the books.  In particular, one of these images is arranged so that if your children want to pretend to be Bert - perhaps to have their picture taken - they can.

The production team is as follows.

  • The author of the stories is Sheila Bye, who is also the Middleton railway's archivist.
  • The pictures that illustrate the stories are by Richard Stead, who is the Middleton Railway's resident artist.
  • Production is by Janet Auckland.

Copies of the book are on sale in the shop at our Moor Road headquarters, price £2.95p.  Alternatively, you can order a copy by post, but to cover postage and packing we have to charge £4.95p per copy.  All proceeds from the sales go to the Middleton Railway.  For details of how to order, please click here to download a copy of the order form.

The Story of the Very First Steam Engine

To complement Bert's Tales, Richard Stead has also written and illustrated this book in the style of a graphic novel, which describes why the Middleton Railway's first steam engines were built.  Copies of it are on sale in the shop at our Moor Road headquarters, price £1.25p.

Below is an illustration of the front cover of it (© Richard Stead 2015).

First Steam Engine book cover

Other pages give more information about other kinds of items that we have for sale, as follows:

Or you can return to the "Refreshments and Souvenirs" section of the Visit Us page.

After the Fire

Following the major arson attack on neighbouring premises, we have launched this appeal to help repair the damage to our rolling stock and buildings.  Click here for more details.  Click below to donate.

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