Each year we run a significant programme of special events. and some of these are sufficiently memorable that we think that some details of them are worth recording.
This page therefore contains the record of the significant special events that we have run during the last year or so, with the most recent ones at the top of the list.
Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st October 2018
Our first Comic-Con style event!
This event featured special exhibits, sci-fi characters in costume, and more.
Steam trains ran, and our usual timetable applied, but special fares were charged. A separate page gives more details of this event.
Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th September 2018
A commemoration of our mining heritage
This gala event recreated some of the sights from the days when the Middleton Colliery was still sending coal to Leeds. It featured passenger trains and mixed trains operating over the whole line, including the little-used Balm Road branch.
There was a development project supporting this event, and a separate page gives more details of this project.
On each day a special intensive service of steam trains operated, and special fares applied. Another separate page gives more details of this event.
Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th September 2018
Finding out more about our industrial heritage
As our contribution to the nation-wide "Heritage Open Days" event, we offered tours of this historic site, on the railway where the world’s very first successful, load-hauling steam locomotive ran in the year of 1812.
The tours ran hourly from 10.00 to 3.00 p.m. on both days, with no need to book for them. They took visitors through our history from the working of the coal outcrops in Middleton Woods in mediaeval times, via the country’s first wooden (horse-drawn) railway in the eighteenth century and the revolutionary steam loco “Salamanca” - arguably, Leeds’ premier contribution to the Industrial Revolution - to the present situation as the country‘s first standard-gauge preserved railway. After that, visitors were welcome to buy a ticket and ride on our trains!
Diesel trains ran on Saturday and steam trains on Sunday. Our usual timetable and fares applied, with no charge for the tours.
Sunday 19th August 2018
Rides on vintage Leeds buses
We participated in this event, which was the fifth in the series. It saw vintage Leeds City Transport buses (and others) running on a route through the city that linked up local museums.
Steam trains ran, and our usual timetable and fares applied. A separate page gives more details of this event.
Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th July 2018
Running our home fleet of Leeds built diesel locomotives
This gala event featured passenger trains and mixed trains operating over the whole line, including the little-used Balm Road branch.
On each day a special intensive service of diesel trains operated, and special fares applied. A separate page gives more details of this event.
Saturday 30th June and Sunday 1st July 2018
Enjoying Steam Punks in action
If you are not sure who or what "Steam Punks" are, then visit the website of the Leeds Steampunk Market, with whom we collaborated to arrange this event. The link to their site will open in a new browser window or tab.
The event featured a variety of market stalls with arts, crafts and costumes, hot and cold food, birds of prey, charity tombola and "Coffee Jousting" displays.
Our usual steam trains ran, and also visitors could have have a ride in the cab of one of them.
Steam trains ran on both days, and our usual timetable applied, but with special ticket prices. A separate page gives more details of this event.
Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th June 2018
Seeing the models alongside the real thing
Now a well established event, the Model Railway Exhibition featured both models and the real thing in action. There was an opportunity for visitors to drive one of our locos, as well as see the museum full of layouts.
Steam trains ran on both days, and special ticket prices applied. A separate page gives more details of this event..
Sunday 6th May and Monday 7th May 2018
Admiring the bluebells in Middleton Park
On each day some trains were met at Middleton Park for a family-friendly walk round the Bluebell displays. Each walk give visitors a chance to explore the woods and see the Bluebells with an experienced local guide.
Bringing teddy bears
There were special fare offers for children, with or without teddy bears, provided that they were accompanied by a fare-paying adult.
Steam trains ran on both days, and our normal timetable applied. A separate page gives more details of this event.
Saturday 5th May, Sunday 6th May and Monday 7th May 2018
Supporting the Alzeimer's Society
For our charity weekend there were activities to support the work of the Alzheimer's Society.
These special activities were:
- stalls and a tombola supporting the work of the Alzheimer's Society;
- the chance to have a go at driving one of our diesel locomotives, as a "driver experience"; and
- the opportunity to ride in the cab of one of our steam locomotives as it hauled the train up the line.
Steam trains ran on all three days, and our normal timetable applied.
Saturday 21st April 2018
This gave visitors an opportunity to find out about local groups, and perhaps start to get involved
Apart from our own activities, the following organisations were represented:
- Friends of Middleton Park,
- South Leeds Archaeology Society,
- Voluntary Action Leeds,
- The Greyhound Trust,
- West Yorkshire Police,
- West Yorkshire Fire Brigade (with a Fire Engine attending 11.00 to 12.00 and 2.00 to 3.00).
Diesel trains ran, and our usual timetable and fares applied, with fares concessions for passengers from our local community.
Saturday 31st March, Sunday 1st and Monday 2nd April 2018
Free chocolate for Easter
For children travelling on the train services and accompanied by a fare-paying adult, we gave away free chocolate.
Steam trains ran on all three days, and our usual timetable and fares applied.
Other pages of our web site will provide more information about:
- Welcome to the railway;
- What we offer for visitors;
- Our train services;
- Our calendar of special events;
- How to find us.