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Middleton Railway, Leeds
(3.9/5 based on 120+ reviews on the web)
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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  • Ride the train with Santa on board making his way through the carriages having gifts to each child. A fun couple of hours. And cheap too. 
  • Was a really fun day out. With two children with additional needs, days out can be hard to plan for, but the volunteers couldn't have been more helpful. Really looking forward to coming back. 
  • they do so well down here. love to see the trains. the santa service is great for kids I quite like it too