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On Sunday 18th August 2019 the Middleton Railway participated in the 6th Leeds Classic Bus Running Day, entitled "On the Buses", which was organised jointly by Black Prince Buses and Classic Connections (who operate the Wallace Arnold heritage fleet).

Bus Run Day Poster

This year the buses just ran on one route, which connected three of the City's museums, as follows:

  • Thwaite Mills Watermill (which hosted a display of vehicles, including classic cars);
  • the Middleton Railway; and
  • Leeds Industrial Museum at Armley Mills.

The route also included Leeds City bus station, York Street, and Leeds railway station.

All the participating museums, including the railway, were open all day to receive visitors and all sites allowed free "park and ride" facilities for visitors.

The first bus services departed at about 10.00. At the end of the day buses connected with the 16.25 arrival, and the last ones departed from the railway about 30 minutes later.

All these heritage services were free and were operated by a variety of vintage and classic buses. There was, however, a souvenir timetable that was available to purchase on the day and volunteers were encouraging visitors to purchase one. This was not obligatory, but the funds raised helped towards the high cost of staging the event.

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