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Our Mixed Traffic Gala weekend was held on Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd June 2019, and featured a variety of operating patterns, including mixed traffic workings (ie with passenger and goods vehicles in the one train).  All the locomotives were drawn from our own fleet, and included:

  • NER 1310 (now that it was available for traffic again, following recent repairs);
  • HE 2387 "Brookes No. 1";
  • HE 1697 "John Alcock"; and
  • HC D1373 "Mersey Docks & Harbour Board No. 45"

NER 1310



NER 1310, waiting in the Moor Road loop at a previous gala.

Picture © Tony Cowling 2016.

Saturday and Sunday Services

On both days a special timetable was operated, providing an intensive service over both our main passenger line and the little-used Balm Road branch. Two train sets were in operation, with one running as a mixed train with both passenger and goods stock.

There was a variety of patterns of operation, including some trains that had a locomotive at each end, and some that were double-headed.  The first train departed at 10.30 am and the last one arrived at 4.30 pm. 

Full details of the timetable were available, including the scheduled locomotives for each train, as a pdf file, which will open in a new browser tab or window (ready to be downloaded): click here to access this.

Special fares applied for each day, namely £7.50p for an adult, £3.50p for a child and £20 for a family ticket (covering up to 2 adults and 3 children).  The various travel concessions that apply to our normal train services did, however, not apply for this event.

Our normal range of refreshments was available on each day, including hot and cold drinks and sweets and a range of sandwiches.

HC D1373



HC D1373 Mersey Docks & Harbour Board No. 45, pictured soon after arrival on the Middleton Railway.

Picture © Tony Cowling 2017.

Whilst every effort will be made to provide the advertised services, The Middleton Railway Trust Ltd. reserves the right to amend or cancel any service without prior notice and accepts no liability whatsoever for any inconvenience, loss or disappointment caused, including travel expenses.


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