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Middleton Railway, Leeds

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The Middleton Railway is the world's oldest continuously working public railway. It was founded in 1758 and is now a heritage railway, run by volunteers from The Middleton Railway Trust Ltd. since 1960.The railway operates passenger services at weekends and on public holidays over approximately 1mi of track between its headquarters at Moor Road, Hunslet, Leeds, West Yorkshire, England and Park Halt on the outskirts of Middleton Park.OriginsCoal has been worked in Middleton since the 13th century, from bell pits, gin pits and later "day level" or adits. Anne Leigh, heiress to the Middleton Estates, married Ralph Brandling from Felling near Gateshead on the River Tyne. They lived in Gosforth and left running of the Middleton pits to agents. Charles Brandling was their successor. In 1754, Richard Humble, from Tyneside, was his agent. Brandling was in competition with the Fentons in Rothwell who were able to transport coal into Leeds by river, putting the Middleton pits at considerable disadvantage. Humble's solution was to build waggonways which were common in his native north east. The first waggonway in 1755 crossed Brandling land and that of friendly neighbours to riverside staithes.
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  • I travelled from Manchester not expecting much. Was surprised. Coaches though basic on newly made wooden seats was clean and comfortable. I think they have ramp for disabled but as all heritage railwa...  more »
  • We took our 2 year old son for a trip out when his sister was away. He (& Daddy) are train mad & he was in his element! Its a lovely little railway, clean, tidy & fun to go to! Especially being able t...  more »
  • The venue hosted a Steampunk Market and fabulous combination! The rolling stock and static displays are both interesting and informative . A steam train ride a bonus.  more »