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It is the attraction that has put smiles on faces for decades.

Blackgates Miniature Railway on Bradford Road at Tingley has now been taking people on a ride for more than 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 prices were 2d for two rounds. 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″ track was relaid after it became 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 with the permission of the David Atkinson Archive, a collection housed at Leodis, run by Leeds Library & Information Service. READ MORE: 26 photos that take you back to south Leeds in 1996 LOVE LEED? LOVE NOSTALGIA? Join Leeds Retro on Facebook


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