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The oldest working railway in the world, the Middleton Railway in south Leeds, has a long association with the University. Back in 1969, Charles Milner (Chemical Engineering 1971) and Malcolm Phillips (Chemical Engineering 1973) were among the members of the Leeds University Railway and Transport Society who helped club together to buy a diesel engine for the railway. “The loco cost £75,” remembers Charles, whose involvement with the railway continues to this day. As Chairman of the Middleton Railway Trust, he is overseeing celebrations to mark its Diamond Jubilee. During the weekend of 20 and 21 June, historic rolling stock will hit the tracks to mark the 60th anniversary of the Trust’s first day of operation. If you have memories of the Railway Society, or any student club or society, please share them at alumni.leeds.ac.uk/society

To find out more about the celebration weekend, visit: https://www.middletonrailway.org.uk/index.php/special-events