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Middleton Railway

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The Station Moor Road
West Yorkshire
LS10 2JQ

The Middleton Railway was established by Act of Parliament in 1758 to carry coal from Middleton to Leeds and has operated continuously since that time.

It can claim to be "the oldest working railway in the world" It was also home to the first commercially successful, revenue earning, steam locomotives designed by John Blenkinsop and built by Matthew Murray, which entered service in 1812.

So started the Leeds Locomotive industry, going on to produce more locomotives than any other town or city in England, some years before Stephenson's locomotives!

In 1960 the Middleton Railway became the first standard gauge railway to be taken over by a voluntary organisation.

New 'Engine House' now open telling the story of the Leeds Locomotive Industry.

  • Toilets

  • Shop/cafe

  • Disabled parking and access.

  • Plenty to see and do under cover if wet.

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  • Directions

    Next to the M621 at junction 5, less than 2 miles from Leeds City Centre.
    Leave the M621 northbound (towards city) at junction 5, and the M621 southbound(towards Wakefield) at junction 6.

    For public transport please contact:-MetroLine travel information: 0113 245 7676(7am-10pm, seven days a week, except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day)

    Middleton Railway Postcode for SatNav: LS10 2JQ


    +44 (0)113 271 0320
    0845 680 1758 (Event Hotline)

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