Santa with train

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Our annual Model Railway Exhibition took place as usual in the Engine House on Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th July 2019.

We were open from 10:00 until 17:00 each day, and steam passenger trains operated regularly between 11:00 and 16:00 on both days. Light refreshments were available as usual in our shop/café.

You could admire the models set amongst the real thing in our Engine House and you could travel on a full size steam train. There was also the opportunity (for those 18 or over) to drive a full size locomotive - two different locomotives were in operation each day. Steam locomotives are now in their third century of operation at Middleton, and we were operating 'Driver Experiences' on one of ours - when did you last do that at a Model Railway Exhibition? More details of these opportunities are given below.

With the exception of a 'Driver Experience', all areas of the exhibition and the train rides were accessible to visitors with disabilities.


Exhibition/Engine House/Platform without train rides:

Adult: £5.50

Child: £2.50

Family: £14.00

Exhibition/Engine House plus unlimited train rides:

Adult: £8.50

Child: £3.50

Family: £20.00


We were expecting up to 12 layouts in a variety of scales: O, EM, OO, HO, HOe, T & 009 at least. Layouts will include: Dornochbahn (HOe), Deffors (O), John Street Yard (EM), Low Moor (T), Reevy Road West (OO) & Roanoke Roundhouse (HO). Reminding us that model railways are fun too we have vintage Tri-ang OO and some ‘hands on’ layouts – all upstairs in our ‘play room’! Traders will include Keith’s Model Railways, Helm Models & Hobbies, Leigh Models and Hobbies, Going Loco and some second hand tables.

This is an event for all the family - not just the modeller. When the non-modellers have exhausted the facilities we offer at Moor Road we have Middleton Park and Woods at the top of the line, the Tulip Retail Park is opposite and the White Rose Shopping Centre is just a short distance away. We pride ourselves on a welcome for all - come and experience it for yourselves.

A previous layout


Some of the layouts at a previous year's model railway exhibition, looking past HC 1369 (built 1919), "Manchester Ship Canal No. 67".

Picture © Tony Cowling, 2015

If you need any further details of the exhibition, you can contact Ian Dobson (the exhibition organiser) on 01274 613687 (evenings only) or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

"Driver Experience"

The "driver experience" at this exhibition gives you the chance to drive one of our steam locomotives for a short distance, up and down one of our sidings. This will be under instruction from one of our senior drivers, who will make sure that nothing can go wrong.

There are a number of special conditions that do have to apply to this, and these are as follows.

  • For a "driver experience" you must be at least 18 years old, and not older than 76 years.
  • You also need to be in reasonable health - at least up to the level that is required to drive a motor car - and at the time of the experience you must not be under the influence of either drink or drugs.
  • No prior booking is needed: experiences will be available on a first-come-first-served basis.
  • In return for the experience, donations are invited towards our appeal to help return "No. 6" to steam: a minimum figure of £10 is requested, but if you are willing to donate more than this it will be much appreciated.
  • You should wear suitable clothes, and reasonably stout shoes. Trainers are not sufficient - they would not protect your toes if a lump of coal dropped on them! We can then lend you an overall coat and a pair of gloves for the duration of the experience.


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