A Summer Steampunk Market

6th & 7th JULY 2024

WHEREMiddleton Railway, Moor Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire LS10 2JQ

WHEN: 6th and 7th July 2024, trading times 10-5 on both days.


The Middleton Railway is the world’s oldest working railway running steam and diesel trains from Moor Road to Middleton Park. This will be a steam train on one day and diesel on the other - timetable shows first and last departure times from Moor Road.

An extensive museum collection is on display in the Engine House - some of these will be moved out onto the tracks for this event for the traders to be downstairs again. There's plenty of space for other entertainment, static displays etc on the newly built mezzanine 1st floor, accessible by stairs and lifts.

The museum is run entirely by volunteers and entry to the museum where the market is held will be either free or just a pound or two for entry (tbc). Please make a donation as all proceeds go to the Railway and take a ride on the train.

There is a shop that sells souvenirs, sweets and hot and cold drinks. This is going to be expanded into the seating area having a lot more cakes thus becoming a tearoom.

I hope to have a hot food trader outside and someone selling alcohol.

The following extra bits on the trains will be dependent on available crew (which are volunteers) on the day.

Cab rides in the locomotives, workshop tours, Driver for a Fiver and Footplate rides. Do please be aware that large elaborate outfits don't mix well with steam loco footplates designed in 1900!!

This will be an interactive event, with traders in the Engine House only on the ground floor and having tabletop gaming, static displays etc on both days on the mezzanine level.

There will be coffee jousting on one of the days (tbc) recruiting for an hour before the tournament with medals for gold, silver and the Coffee Bean (host) made by Captain Cumberpatch's Curious Creations. Free to take part!

There will also be a fund raising tombola run on both days as well which all the traders will have donated an item to.

The Flying Squadron with one of their owls demonstrating their charm and style will be in attendance there again (tbc) https://www.facebook.com/TheFlyingSquadron this will be at 4.30pm both days as the market is open until 5pm.


Steam and diesel trains will be running all weekend.

Please note that there is easy disabled access to all of the building including the upstairs conference room and mezzanine 1st floor and public areas of the railway.


All pitches are based on just a 6ft table or rail.

Due to the layout of the building, there are exposed train tracks where the locos will have been moved out. There are only enough slats to cover these gaps for the deep pitches to safely allow public access so with the single pitches, the table covers the front gap and your stock goes over the gap closer to the back wall.

For this event, we are running the single pitches along the length of one side of the walkway with your chair/s to the side of it. This is because we are minimising the amount of locos being moved out into the other loco shed.

If you need to have space for two 6ft rails or a rail and a table, you will need a deep pitch to accommodate this. If you have your own tables, you do need to bring them as there are only a small amount supplied at the venue.

The deep pitches measure 6' wide x 11' deep and your two tables/rails must be placed in an inward facing L shape towards the front of your area allowing you to have a 3' gap between the rear table and the wall.

There are only two outward facing L shapes (going on corners) which are chargeable as a deep pitch.

I cannot guarantee any locations as everything will be dependent on the floor plan and ensuring that I don't have two similar traders too close to each other (such as jewellers or hats).


Single: £40 per day

Corner / deep double: £70

Straight double: £80



Please note this museum and car park is secured overnight so they do not allow overnight parking. Anyone wishing to park up overnight for trading or visiting in a campervan are advised to look around for an alternative solution, perhaps one of the neighbouring side streets? There is a large carpark a short distance away at the retail park (where B&M and The Range is) but don't know if they allow overnight parking. Lorries do park up along the road leading into this car park. They also used to park up next to the park at the end of the street where I used to live. Look up Longroyd Beeston and you'll find them on the map. It's only a couple of minutes away.

If you can't join us that weekend, do please support them after the horrendous damage they suffered one week after our event in the summer of 2018 which was caused by the arson attack on the neighbouring woodyard.


Middleton Railway is situated about 2 miles south of Leeds City Centre alongside the M621 Motorway at Junction 5.

The postcode is LS10 2JQ and the map reference of Moor Road Station is SE 3051 3100 or 53.77479N 1.53835W

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By Car


Approaching Leeds from the south on the M1.

At Junction 43 follow the signs for the M621 (City) and leave at Junction 5.

Approaching from the north on the A1, join the M1 link, 

Leave at Junction 44 and follow the A639 towards Leeds. After about 1 mile join the M621 at Junction 7. After a further mile, leave at Junction 5.

JUNCTION 5, at top of slip road turn right, caution dual carriageway, 100 yards roundabout, leave at third exit, the Railway is on your right.

From the west using the M621 towards Wakefield.

Leave at Junction 6. DO NOT use junctions 4 & 5 in this direction. At the bottom of J6 slip road, turn left, take the next left (Moor Road) at the mini roundabout go right, the Railway is 300 yards on your left, just after crossing the rail tracks in the road.



By public transport

Numerous bus services run along Dewsbury Road from various parts of the city including First Bus and Arriva, from the Corn Exchange, Bus station and Train Station. Alight at Tunstall Road. The walk from here takes 5 - 10 minutes.

For more information about bus and mainline rail travel, visit West Yorkshire Metro where you can view timetables and plan your journey with the help of their Journey Planner. Just enter Middleton Railway as your destination. The information on here is correct at the time of going to press but do please check in case route numbers and times change.

MetroLine travel information: 0113 245 7676

(7am-10pm, seven days a week, except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day)

Alternatively, taxis from Leeds Centre cost around £5. These need to be phoned and booked and will pick you up from the rear of the station. Leave through the main ticket barriers, in the concourse go left past the ticket office and machines, past Sainsbury's and the fast food outlets - just before the Wetherspoons there are a set of doors on your left. This is the collection point. Or you could walk round the side of the station (from the front or rear doors) and stand outside the Queen's Hotel and ask them to pick you up from there.

Taxi numbers: Amber 0113 231 1366

Ace Cars 0113 230 4499

Beeston Line 0113 270 4321 & 277 0738

Geegee cars 0113 277 9889

Blueline Taxis 0113 244 5566

Wheels Taxis 0113 249 9999

If you choose to get a black & white taxi from the rank at the front of the train station, be warned, these are the council run ones and will cost you more. £1 - £2 extra!

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