It’s the attraction that’s been putting smiles on faces for decades.
The Blackgates Miniature Railway on Bradford Road in Tingley has been taking people for a ride for over 70 years. It is run by the West Riding Small Locomotive Society, a member-owned and run club with a passion for miniature locomotives of various sizes and gauges. The first official public race days were held in May 1951 and the rates were 2 days for two laps. From then on, open days were held once a month for several years. A record was set in September 1954 when Albert Balmforth traveled 100 miles non-stop on his L1 in 10 hours. In the mid-1970s, the 5-inch track was redone after being badly worn. It reopened in May 1976 with fares raised to 5p for adults and 3p for children for three circuits of the track. These photos were taken in 1995 when the railway celebrated its golden jubilee. They are published by kind permission of the David Atkinson Archive, a collection hosted on Leodis, which is managed by Leeds Library & Information Service. READ MORE: 26 photos to take you back to South Leeds in 1996 LOVE LEEDS? DO YOU LIKE NOSTALGIA? Join Leeds Retro on facebook