Steam’s up for Middleton Railway’s Santa Specials


Middleton Railway, another Friend of South Leeds Life, will be running their popular Santa Stream Trains again throughout December. You’re advised to book now to avoid disappointment!

Santa Special Middleton Railway 1Friends logo 2The trains run every Saturday and Sunday starting on 1 December, with a special service on Christmas Eve, Tuesday 24 December. Santa rides on every train and each child is given a present appropriate to their age and gender as the train makes its way up from Moor Road station in Hunslet to Park Halt in Middleton Park. Adults receive a hot drink and a mince pie on their return. The first train of the day is at 10:30am, then trains run every 45 minutes until 3:45pm.

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.

Santa Specials information

Santa Special Middleton Railway 2It is recommended that you book in advance, and the tickets are cheaper than on the day. Please note there will be no tickets for sale on Tuesday 24th December, that day must be pre-booked.

Pre-booked prices for Saturdays and Sundays are as follows:-

  • Adults and children 13+ £7.00
  • Children under 3 years £6.00
  • Children 3 to 12 £10.00
  • plus a £1.00 administration fee per booking

On Christmas Eve, Tuesday 24th December all seats are pre-booked, there will be none on sale on the day. The prices are as follows:-

  • Adults and children 13+ £8.00
  • Children under 3 years £7.00
  • Children 3 to 12 £11.00
  • plus a £1.00 administration fee per booking

Bookings can be made in person Saturdays and Sundays at Moor Road Ticket Office or you can pay by card over the phone by calling 0845 680 1758 between 9:30am and 5:30pm Monday to Friday, and weekends in December.

Full details are on the website at

4 Replies to “Steam’s up for Middleton Railway’s Santa Specials”

  1. We try and support middleton railway when we can and we did the Santa express last year but I’m afraid working on the basis of 2 adults &amp 2 children this would cost us a total of £30! I think this is over priced even though it is run by volenteers most families will be priced out of this brilliant little railway

  2. Think this is great for the kids, really gets you into the Christmas spirit. Rich is right though, it is a little overpriced in these hard times.

  3. I don’t think most will, it’s usually very busy. Other railways charge more, for example Kirklees Light Railway. When you add on travel costs etc it can’t be beat.

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