Middleton Railway Transport

Middleton Railway
Moor Road, Hunslet
LS10 2JQ


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Having been established by an Act of Parliament in 1758, the Middleton Railway, Leeds, can claim to be the oldest Railway in the world. It also played host to the first commercially successful, revenue earning, steam locomotives which entered service there in 1812.

The 1758 Middleton Railway Trust in Leeds has formidable claims to fame. It is the direct descendant of a waggonway which was constructed between Middleton and Casson Close, near Leeds Bridge, following authorisation by the first Railway legislation and Act of Parliament in 1758.

In 1812 the first commercially successful steam locomotives commenced operation on the Middleton Railway. Included in the design was the Blenkinsop rack and pinion drive. This was the first regular revenue-earning use of steam traction, as distinct from experimental operation, in the world.

More recently it became the first standard gauge railway to be taken over by a preservation society in 1960.

Moor Road Station, Hunslet, is situated approximately 2 miles south of Leeds City Centre and immediately adjacent to Junction 5 of the M621 motorway. Its Ordnance Survey Grid Reference is SE304310.

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VenueMiddleton Railway
AddressMoor Road, Hunslet, Leeds, Yorkshire, LS10 2JQ
Opening timesEvery weekend
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Attraction typeTransport

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