Today
Diesel gala at Apedale


Today
48th Sheffield traction engine rally at North Anston S25 4DF


Today
Bloxham steam rally


This week on Saturday 2nd. July 2022 (in 6 days time) until Sunday 3rd. July 2022
Elvaston steam rally


This week on Saturday 2nd. July 2022 (in 6 days time) until Sunday 3rd. July 2022
Duncombe Park steam and vintage rally


This week on Saturday 2nd. July 2022 (in 6 days time) until Sunday 3rd. July 2022
Middleton railway model rail exhibition


This week on Saturday 2nd. July 2022 (in 6 days time) until Sunday 3rd. July 2022
Model railway weekend at the Bluebell Railway


Next week on Saturday 9th. July 2022 (in 13 days time) until Sunday 10th. July 2022
Rempstone steam country fair


(JB 4161B) Yorkshire Hematite Contracting Co, Viaduct Works, Kirkstall Road, Leeds, later noted at Leeds Industrial COOP, first crane 6505 and 6506 fitted.  Armley Mills
(JB 4161B) Yorkshire Hematite Contracting Co, Viaduct Works, Kirkstall Road, Leeds, later noted at Leeds Industrial COOP, first crane 6505 and 6506 fitted. Armley Mills

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62 years ago on this day in 1960.
The first standard gauge train to be run by preservationists was run on this day in 1960 on the Middleton Railway, the locomotive was Hunslet diesel 1697 of 1932 John Alcock.

125 years ago on this day in 1897.
Charles Parsons sensationally demonstrated his steam turbine powered ship Turbinia unannounced at a Navy review in front of the Prince of Wales and Lords of the Admiralty on this day in 1897, nothing they had could match its speed. Parsons had previously worked at Kitsons in Leeds

162 years ago on this day in 1860.
On this day in 1860 the first South African railway was inaugarated, the Natal Railway. The first loco to run in the country was Sun Foundry built Natal

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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