Book now for Santa Special trains

What could be more exciting for children at this time of year than a ride on a steam train and a present from Santa? Middleton Railway is preparing to launch its ever popular Santa Specials on Saturday 2 December.

Trains run each Saturday and Sunday through to Sunday 24 December. Every child under 12 will receive a present from Santa during the journey, adults will get a warm drink and a mince pie at Moor Road station.

Prices are £8.75 for adults, £11.75 for children aged 3-12 and £7.75 for children under 3, whilst babes in arms not requiring a present travel free. Discounts are available if you book in advance, except for Christmas Eve which must be bought in advance.

Steam trains have been running on the historic Middleton Railway for over 200 years. It was the first railway in the world to use steam locomotives commercially and was designed to bring coal from pits in Middleton to Leeds to power the industrial revolution. The museum in the engine house also reveals the history of Hunslet as the centre of the locomotive manufacture for the world.

The railway has been run by the volunteers of the Middleton Railway Trust since 1960. If you would like to support their work, why not help them by “buying a brick” in their new building on site.

Full terms and conditions are set out on the Middleton Railway website:

You can book your tickets online here: or in person at the Moor Road station on Saturday and Sunday 10am-4pm.