This week on Friday 19th. August 2022 (in 3 days time) until Sunday 21st. August 2022
Cornish steam and country fair


This week on Saturday 20th. August 2022 (in 4 days time) until Sunday 21st. August 2022
Pickering model railway exhibition


This week on Saturday 20th. August 2022 (in 4 days time) until Sunday 21st. August 2022
Heart of the Midlands model railway exhibition at Loughborough


Next week on Sunday 28th. August 2022 (in 12 days time) until Monday 29th. August 2022
Shrewsbury Steam Rally , Onslow Park


(GBAT ) Shaping machine at Armley Mills
(GBAT ) Shaping machine at Armley Mills

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62 years ago on this day in 1960.
Cyprus gains its independence from the United Kingdom

364 years ago on this day in 1658.
Ralph Thoresby (born on this day) was an antiquarian, who was born in Leeds and is widely credited with being the first historian of that city. He was besides a merchant, non-conformist, fellow of the Royal Society, diarist, author, common-councilman in the Corporation of Leeds, and museum keeper.

England's Biggest Locomotive Building City
Engine making in Leeds goes back to the late 18th century and in 1812 the first commercial use of steam locomotives in the world began here with Murray, Fenton and Wood built locomotives hauling coal on the Middleton Railway. Leeds is proud to have built more railway engines than any other place in England, including the big engine building cities of Swindon, Doncaster and Crewe. This is a surprise to many as the Leeds built locomotives were largely for export or for un-glamourous working lives in industry or even down mines.

A Diverse Range of Products
Leeds firms also produced stationary engines, all varients of steam road locomotives, rollers and lorries. Leeds was an important centre of steam crane production as well as planes, trams, buses and cars. With these pages it is hoped to provide plenty of information about the several firms that operated in the Leeds area. Click on the links on the left of the page to visit our series of histories of the engine makers, our database of Leeds built engines, picture galleries, walking tours of the sites today and all sorts of features about our engine making heritage.

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