West Riding
Small Locomotive Society

Blackgates Miniature Railways

Putting Smiles on Faces since 1945!


Welcome & thanks for visiting our website

Whether you have a passion for miniature engineering or just looking for a fun afternoon out,
perhaps with the family, you'll find a warm welcome at Blackgates!

Reopening from Sunday July 4th & every Sunday afternoon

throughout the summer,

12.30pm - 4pm

We're delighted to be able to open our gates once more to the general public. Please be assured that our site has been made as Covid-safe for both our visitors and members as possible. This has meant promoting social distancing on site & on trains, providing plenty of hand sanitiser and controlling numbers indoors, all so that we can help put the

'smiles back on faces'

Welcome back to Blackgates!





Planned Developments


Exciting times! We are widening our remit and building a 'garden railway' that will incorporate circuits of the two most popular gauges in this field - 32mm & 45mm. The tracks will be raised on a low platform for ease of use and viewing. Here is a plan of the layout. Click on the plan for a bigger version!



                                                                                   Plan of the Garden Railway

 Work on site installing the supports for the railway deck (January 2020)




Lot's of progress - supports installed, decking & felt covering being fitted (June 2020)

We hope that this new venture will prove a popular extra attraction for our visitors as well as providing an opportunity for garden railway enthusiasts to run their locos and develop the hobby.


Then & Now...


c1950 - soon after the railway opened

Today-ish (c2018)