From their base at Moor Road in Hunslet the world’s oldest working railway runs weekend services up to Middleton Park using vintage steam and diesel engines built in Hunslet. As well as the train services, Moor Road hosts a free to enter museum.
The Railway has been shortlisted in the Small Attraction of the Year category and will be up against Spirit of Harrogate; Burton Constable Foundation, Hull; National Centre for Birds of Prey, Helmsley; Workhouse Museum, Ripon; Grimm & Co, Rotherham; and The Georgian Theatre Experience, Richmond. The winners will be announced at a gala dinner at the Harrogate Convention Centre in November.
Commenting on the nomination, Ian Smith, Vice President of Middleton railway Trust said:
“It’s a tribute to the hard work our volunteers put into the railway, and hopefully will benefit our community by drawing more people here!”
The Trust has recently held its AGM where Charles Milner took over as Chair from Malcolm Johnson and Hilary Benn MP was appointed President of the Trust. Hilary Benn commented:
“I am honoured to have been invited to support the Middleton Railway Trust in this way.
“The Middleton railway is quite simply unique and a jewel in the crown of South Leeds. The oldest working railway in the world, its dedicated and professional volunteer team bring our proud railway past to life and make a visit a memorable experience. If you’ve never been, come along and enjoy what you will find and learn there.”