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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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  • We took our 2 grandsons last week to meet Santa on the train. The staff/ volunteers were great with the boys, everyone was so friendly. Santa came on the train and sat and spoke with every child posed...  more »
  • A good all round afternoon, a coffee, a mince pie - donations only so that was nice! Nice trip on the train, just long enough to get round everyone. The presents were very good. I'm not sure what peop...  more »
  • Took our Great Grandchildren on the Santa Train with their parents, Aunt and Uncle, Grandma and Grandad. We all had a great time. Santa was lovely and spoke to all the children on the train. Each one ...  more »