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With things returning to something like normality after the corona virus pandemic and the associated lockdowns, we are planning a programme of special events for 2022. Details of each of these events are given below, and we expect to be adding others soon, so please watch out for these.

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.


Leeds Classic Bus Running Day

Sunday 14th August 2022

a bus in the 2018 day

A bus at the railway, taking part in the 2018 day

Rides on vintage Leeds buses

This event returns after a break caused by CoViD.

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 the normal timetable and fares will apply. Nearer the time a separate page will give more details of this event.


Children's Day

Saturday 20th August 2022

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For Princesses and Superheroes

A special day for children, with themed events.

Diesel trains will run, and the normal timetable will apply.

Normal fares will apply, with a special fare of £1 for any children who are in full costume as some character other than themselves.


Autumn Gala

Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th September 2022

historic diesel locos

Our two 90-year old diesel locomotives

90 Years of the Diesel

This will be a special event to mark the pioneering development of diesel locomotives, which were first used successfully 90 years ago. It coincides with the first weekend of the Heritage Open Days.

Special timetables will operate on both days, and special fares will apply.

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


Heritage Open Weekend

Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th September 2022

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Heritage Open Days

Find out More about our Industrial Heritage

For the second weekend of the nation-wide "Heritage Open Days" event, we are offering illustrated in-person talks about this historic site, on the railway where the world’s very first successful, load-hauling steam locomotive ran in the year of 1812.

The talks, which will last some 20 to 25 minutes, 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 briefly 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, visitors will be welcome to buy a ticket and ride on our trains!

The normal timetable will operate on both days, and the normal fares will apply.


Star Rails

Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd October 2022

the Star Rails team

Special Guests from Star Wars

The Return of our Comic-Con style Event!

Following on from the success of our Star Rails days in 2018 and 2019, this return (after a break caused by CoViD) will feature special exhibits, sci-fi characters in costume, and more.

Special fares will apply, and nearer the time a separate page will give more details of this event.

Steam trains will run on both days, and the normal timetable will apply.


Santa Specials

Saturday 3rd, Sunday 4th, Saturday 10th, Sunday 11th, Saturday 17th, Sunday 18th, Friday 23rd and Saturday 24th December 2022

Santa Claus at the railway

Meet Santa Claus on our trains!

A separate page gives more details of these trains, and of how to book for them, including the facility to book online.

Bookings are now open.


Mince Pie Specials

Sunday 1st January 2023

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Mark New Year's Day

The ideal way to celebrate New Year 2023 (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 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 please don't miss the last train back!).


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