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IMPORTANT NEWS: The bus stops are outside the railway station at S12 on Aire Street and at stop F7 by Mecca Bingo next to the Bus Station. Please ask staff in the stations if you are unsure and they will point you to the stops. 

The buses are free but we would ask that you go to Moor Road to get your event ticket before coming to Jack Lane as tickets are NOT available there.

Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th July 2015

This summer we will be celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Hunslet Engine Company, the world famous producer of locomotives and other engineering products.

This event will include a gala on our line with three confirmed visiting locos. The first, Beatrice a 16” Hunslet from Embsay and Bolton Abbey, in a rare foray away from home and her first back to the town of her birth. The second is perhaps one of the most significant preserved Hunslets, 3890 (NCB No. 66) from the Buckinghamshire Railway Centre has only recently returned to steam, never having run in preservation and this will be a unique opportunity to ride behind this loco for one of its very first appearances in traffic. Finally NCB No19 from Bo'ness and Kinneil will be making its first trip home from Scotland in over 60 years. These will be supported by home fleet diesels John Alcock and Courage, both very special representations of Hunslets in themselves.

The other unique feature of this event is that it will return steam to the Hunslet works site on Jack Lane. What better way to do this then with an iconic quarry Hunslet, in this case Irish Mail from the West Lancs Railway. Alongside this will be Trankil No4, the very last steam locomotive built by Hunslet in 1971, courtesy of Statfold Barn. The sight of these two loco in steam running on parallel lines at Jack Lane is likely to be a once in a lifetime opportunity. There is at least one more standard gauge visitor still to be confirmed. On top of these attractions there will be a large display of model Hunslets, some of these in steam at Moor Road. There will be both passenger and freight trains in operation as part of an intensive timetable, including the Balm Road branch. A free vintage bus will link with the city centre, train station and nearby Armley Mills where people can enjoy other elements of Leeds' history. At Moor Road workshop tours will be scheduled every 15 minutes to see work on no less than 3 different Hunslet locos. Hot food and a real ale bar will be available all weekend.

We are keen to talk to anyone who used to work for the Hunslet Engine Company in Jack Lane and would encourage people to contact us at [email protected] to find out about the special event we are holding especially for ex-employees of the company on July 17th.

The Middleton Railway is located just outside Leeds City Centre and is serviced by local buses but our free vintage bus service will pick up and drop off hourly from

the city bus station, railway station and Armley Mills Industrial Museum where further parking is available (and 18'' Hunslet Jack will be in steam).

Our address is: 

The Middleton Railway, 

Moor Road, 


LS10 2JQ

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