Our initial programme of special events is shown on the calendar of train services for 2020, 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. Watch out for details of these extra events, which will be added to this page as the dates for them are fixed.

If you are interested in some of the previous events that we have run, then details of selected ones are available, and a separate page describes these.


Community and Volunteer Day

Saturday 4th April 2020

Event cancelled as a precaution against the coronavirus pandemic

heritage diesel locomotives

Come and find out about the Middleton Railway. Perhaps get involved?

There will be various demonstrations going on of the "behind the scenes" work that is needed to keep the railway running, and perhaps the opportuniity to join in.

We will also be running a heritage diesel service, giving an opportunity to ride behind one of our historic diesel locomotives. Click here for more details of this opportunity.

Our usual timetable and fares will apply, with fares concessions for passengers from our local community.


Easter Bank Holiday

Saturday 11th, Sunday 12th and Monday 13th April 2020

Event cancelled as a precaution against the coronavirus pandemic

easter bunnies

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.


Heritage Diesel Day

Saturday 2nd May 2020

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See a historic diesel locomotive in action

An opportunity to ride behind one of our historic diesel locomotives. Click here for more details of this opportunity.

Our usual timetable and fares will apply.


VE Day and Charity Weekend

Friday 8th May 2020

easter bunnies

Marking this Special Bank Holiday

The trains will run in association with a special World War II themed walk in Middleton Park.

Support Help for Heroes

For our charity weekend there will be activities to support the work of Help for Heroes in Leeds.

Steam trains will run, and our usual timetable and fares will apply.


Teddy Bears Special and Charity Weekend

Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th May 2020

a picnic in the bluebells

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 a chance to explore the woods and see the Bluebells with an experienced local guide.

Bring your teddy bear

There will be special fare offers for children, with or without teddy bears, provided that they are accompanied by a fare-paying adult.

Support Help for Heroes

For our charity weekend there will be activities to support the work of Help for Heroes in Leeds.

Steam trains will run on both days, and our normal timetable will apply. A separate page will give more details of this event.


Heritage Diesel Day

Saturday 6th June 2020

heritage diesel locomotives

See a historic diesel locomotive in action

An opportunity to ride behind one of our historic diesel locomotives. Click here for more details of this opportunity.

Our usual timetable and fares will apply.


Diamond Jubilee and Gala

Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st June 2020

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60 Years of Preservation

Join us in this gala event, which will celebrate 60 years of volunteer-run trains on the Middleton Railway.

The event will feature a visiting locomotive, and both passenger trains and mixed trains operating over the whole line, including the little-used Balm Road branch.

On each day a special intensive service will operate, and special fares will apply. Nearer the time a separate page will give more details of this event.


Concert

Saturday 27th June 2020

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Early Evening Concert

As part of our Diamond Jubilee celebrations, this concert will follow the day's train services, and will start at 5.00pm. It will take place in the display hall, and will feature music by soprano soloist Jenny Leadbeater, with accompaniment on chamber organ and harpsichord by Dr Simon Lindley, former Leeds City Organist.

Our normal timetable and fares will apply for the train services, with a special charge for the concert.


SteamPunk - Pulling Power at 60!

Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th July 2020

a steam punk

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 and Bradford Steampunk Markets, with whom we collaborated 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, tabletop gaming, birds of prey, charity tombola and "Coffee Jousting" displays.

Normal fares will apply, but with a charge for those who are just coming to visit the market.

Steam trains will run on both days, and our usual timetable will apply. Nearer the time a separate page will give more details of this event.


Model Railway Exhibition

Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th July 2020

a layout at a previous exhibition

Seeing 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. Nearer the time a separate page will give more details of this event.


A Taste of Yorkshire

Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd August 2020

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Yorkshire Food Festival

A new event for our jubilee year, bringing the best of regional delicacies for you to sample during the weekend of Yorkshire Day.

On both days steam trains will run, both during the day and on into the early evening. Special ticket prices will apply, and nearer the time a separate page will give more details of this event.


Leeds Classic Bus Running Day

Sunday 16th August 2020, subject to confirmation

a bus in the 2018 day

Rides on vintage Leeds buses

We will be participating in this event, which will be the seventh 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. Nearer the time a separate page will give more details of this event.


Heritage Diesel Day

Saturday 5th September 2020

heritage diesel locomotives

See a historic diesel locomotive in action

An opportunity to ride behind one of our historic diesel locomotives. Click here for more details of this opportunity.

Our usual timetable and fares will apply.


Heritage Open Days

Saturday 12th, Sunday 13th, Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th September 2020

 

 

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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 each day, and there will be 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, you will be welcome to buy a ticket and ride on our trains!

The trains will be operated by heritage steam locomotives for the weekend of 12th and 13th September, and by heritage diesel locomotives for the weekend of 19th and 20th September.

There will be no charge for the tours that will form the main part of this event.


Star Rails

Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th September 2020

storm troopers

Our third Comic-Con style event!

Following on from the success of previous events, this one will feature special exhibits, sci-fi characters in costume (as shown in the picture here, taken in our display hall), and more.

Our normal train services 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.


Heritage Diesel Day

Saturday 3rd October 2020

heritage diesel locomotives

See a historic diesel locomotive in action

An opportunity to ride behind one of our historic diesel locomotives. Click here for more details of this opportunity.

Our usual timetable and fares will apply.


Autumn Gala

Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th October 2020

locos at Moor Road

Showcasing our own Locomotive Fleet

This will be the last major event for our Diamond Jubilee year, and 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 will operated, and special fares will apply. Nearer the time a separate page will give more details of this event.


Santa Specials

Saturday 5th, Sunday 6th, Saturday 12th, Sunday 13th, Saturday 19th, Sunday 20th, Wednesday 23rd and Thursday 24th December 2020

a letter to Santa

Meet Santa Claus on our trains!

Bookings for these trains will open on 1st August, and you are strongly advised to book early.

 


Mince Pie Specials

Friday 1st January 2021

mince pies

Mark New Year's Day

The ideal way to celebrate New Year’s Day 2021 (and perhaps even to recuperate from New Year’s Eve).

Trains will depart from our Moor Road Station at: 12:00, 12:45, 13:30, 14:15 and 15:00.

Fares: Adult £7.00; Children £3.00; Family £18.00 (2 adults and up to 3 children). (Note: single tickets are not available for this event.)

New Year’s Day tickets include unlimited rides (and a mince pie), and you do not need to return from Park Halt on the same train, so that if you wish to get off the train and go for a walk in the Park you are welcome to do so (but don't miss the last train back!).

 


More Information

Other pages of our web site will provide more information about:

 

The start of our train services for this year has been deferred until at least the beginning of May: watch this space for more details.

Meanwhile, why not look at the archive images that we are posting?

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