In recognition of their many years of loyal service to The Middleton Railway, 16 volunteers were awarded long service lapel badges at a recent Volunteers Forum. These new insignia depict an image of Salamanca, the first steam locomotive to work on the railway in 1812, surrounded by the description, ‘The Middleton Railway Working Member’. The three badges also state the minimum length of service of the member; 20, 30 or 40 years. Sixteen Working Members were recognised at the event six of whom have given more than 50 years loyal service to The Middleton Railway. Between the recipients they have 677 years of service.
The Middleton Railway is run and operated by 66 Working Members who are supported by a number of other people working as volunteers. One estimate is that the length of service of the people on their current list of Working Members is more than 1,000 years. Tribute must also be paid to the many people who, since the instigation of the society in 1959, have contributed countless years of service ensuring the future of The Middleton Railway.
Working members will be serving the public once again now the Middleton Railway has reopened after the winter break.
For more information, visit www.middletonrailway.org.uk
Middleton Railway, The Station, Moor Road, Hunslet LS10 2JQ