Santa with train

Our Santa Special trains are now running, but are all fully booked - Click here for more details.

To avoid disappointment, please do not travel to the railway for these trains unless you have already booked your tickets in advance. If you do have tickets booked, then please make sure that you arrive in good time for your train.

Santa with train

We are now taking advance bookings for our Santa Special trains - Click here for more details.

You can book online for trains where seats are still available.

Our "Works Outing" event was held on Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th September 2019, based (as far as is practical, given the limits on the availability of crews) on the slogan "if it works it gets an outing". It 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 since this was also the heritage open weekend there was a particular emphasis on our heritage locomotives. Those that ran in the course of the two days were:

  • HC 1544 "Slough Estates No. 3";
  • MW 1601 "Matthew Murray";
  • HC D631 "Carroll";
  • HE 1697 "John Alcock";
  • HE 1786 "Courage"; and
  • HC D1373 "Mersey Docks & Harbour Board No. 45".

HC 1544



"Slough Estates No. 3", departing from the Moor Road platform at a previous gala.

Picture © Tony Cowling 2017.

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 will be in operation, with one running as a goods train where passengers could travel in the guard's brake van.

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 are 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 not, however, 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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