Tag: Leeds Industrial Museum

Epic transatlantic journey to rediscover historic blast from the past

The American ancestor of a 19th century railway worker has rediscovered a fascinating family connection to a dramatic  explosion on the Middleton Railway with the help of the world’s oldest model locomotive. Lisa Roger journeyed more than 5,000 miles from her home in Phoenix, Arizona to Leeds Industrial Museum to

Family reunion is a steam come true as Jenny Lind hits new high

A vintage, 160-year-old model steam locomotive named after a famed 19thcentury opera star had a fascinating family reunion with its maker’s Australian ancestor. The detailed model of the Jenny Lind, crafted in Leeds in around 1849 by local train driver Charles Wilson, has been part of the collection of model

Historic Salamanca locomotive model returns to Leeds

The world’s oldest model locomotive is back home in Leeds more than two centuries after it helped spark a global railway revolution. Made in 1811 by famous engineer Matthew Murray, the precious model has arrived safely at Leeds Industrial Museum where it will now take pride of place in an

Mini motorised marvel parks up at Leeds Industrial Museum

With its quirky design, handlebar steering and a top speed of 50mph, it might not be a modern motorist’s first choice. But when it comes to tales of Leeds innovation and invention, Hunslet’s very own Scootacar is certainly the wheel deal. The bright blue, three-wheeled wonder is set to be

Free vintage bus day returns this Sunday

The annual ‘Leeds Running Day’ is back this Sunday (18 August 2019), with vintage buses and coaches offering free rides all day across south and central Leeds. The beautifully restored vehicles will circulate 10am to 5pm, between Thwaite Mills museum in Stourton, Middleton Railway in Hunslet, Leeds Industrial Museum in

Exhibition celebrates Leeds loco links with Sierra Leone

The 100th birthday of a locomotive called Nellie transported to Sierra Leone by Hunslet-based Manning Wardle & Company during the First World War will form part of a special exhibition set to open its doors this Saturday at a popular city museum. If you’ve ever looked round the exhibition at

Middleton Railway host Festival of Transport 2013

  If you’re a fan of vintage transport you’re in for a treat this weekend at Middleton Railway. Middleton Railway has teamed up with the Leeds Industrial Museum at Armley Mills to organise the Festival of Transport 2013. The Festival runs from Saturday to Monday over the bank holiday weekend