Today until Sunday 2nd. October 2022
Model exhibition at the Head of Steam Darlington

This week on Saturday 8th. October 2022 (in 7 days time) until Sunday 9th. October 2022
Wakefield model railway exhibition at QEGS just a short walk from the bus station.

Next week on Sunday 9th. October 2022 (in 8 days time)
Wexford model railway exhibition

Next week on Saturday 15th. October 2022 (in 14 days time) until Sunday 16th. October 2022
Uckfield model railway exhibition

(TSSR 24080) Avon Valley Rly
(TSSR 24080) Avon Valley Rly

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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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