Ex-worker appeal ahead of event to mark world famous Hunslet rail firm’s 150th anniversary

George Alcock, former chairman and managing director of Hunslet Engine Company, picture in Middleton, Leeds, in 1969.

George Alcock, former chairman and managing director of Hunslet Engine Company, picture in Middleton, Leeds, in 1969.

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Former workers from the Hunslet Engine Company, a world famous producer of locomotives, are being invited to mark its 150th anniversary.

Middleton Railway, based in Moor Road, Hunslet, is planning to pay tribute to the firm which closed its Jack Lane works, in Hunslet, during the mid 1990s having built locomotives since 1865.

The volunteer-run railway will host a celebration featuring visiting Hunslet engines and memorabilia on July 18 and 19, after a gathering of ex-staff on July 17.

Ian Smith, vice president of the Middleton Railway Trust, said: “There’s still quite a community of former workers out there in Leeds.”

Visit hunslet150.webs.com for information.

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