Middleton Railway proud to be part of new Leeds museum

The Middleton Railway is delighted to have been able to assist the Wellington Place development by loaning two historic railway station signs.

Development Company MEPC has been restoring the historic old Wagon Hoist in Wellington Place, which used to be part of the old Leeds Central Railway station.

As part of the conversion to a “Mini Museum”, Middleton Railway have loaned them two original railway signs, which now form a major part of their display.

Middleton Railway Chairman, Charles Milner, said:

“I think it is a lovely way of commemorating Leeds Central Station. It is really pleasing that Middleton Railway has contributed to this by loaning the two station signs and it is the right place for them. Middleton Railway is proud to be associated with this project.”

The small museum tells the story of Leeds Central station and those who worked there and the two signs were on a platform and on the concourse to direct people towards Leeds City station, the other, and now only surviving, city centre station.

The Middleton Railway was built in 1758 and is the first railway authorised by an Act of Parliament, the first to have commercially successful steam locomotives, in June 1812, and also the first standard gauge preserved railway, opening in June 1960. It has operated trains every year since opening in 1758.

Trains run every weekend from it’s Moor Road station in Hunslet which also hosts a free museum.


This post is based on a press release issued by Middleton Railway


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