LOVERS of locomotives big and small had an `entertraining' time in Huddersfield this weekend.
Two giant steam locos powered their way through Kirklees - while in Greenhead Park the miniature railway was getting back on track.
Rail fans took up vantage points across the district to catch a glimpse of the impressive engines.
The special trip was to celebrate the 175th anniversary of the opening of the Liverpool to Manchester line.
The celebration attracted about 50 people of all ages to Platform 4 at Huddersfield railway station as the locomotives thundered through.
"It's very spectacular. You don't often see it these days," said John Wilkinson, 63, from Dalton.
"I remember steam through here. It takes me back a lot of years.
"You can never forget the smell, the sheer size and weight of them.
"You can see the energy in it."
Damian Bowden, of Shelley, brought his three and a half-year-old son Caleb - `a big fan of Thomas the Tank Engine' - to see the trains.
"He liked it," he said. "He loves steam trains.
"I think they're a lot better than the new trains. I'm an engineer and from an engineering point of view it's nice to see. I like to see how they used to build things back in the old days."
He added that the old trains were better crafted compared to the modern ones.
Anthony Atkinson, 70, from Kirkheaton, brought along grandson Daniel Gallacher, nine.
Mr Atkinson said: "They are more alive, steam trains. Diesels don't seem to be alive."
Meanwhile, over in Greenhead Park more railway lovers were proving size isn't everything.
The park's much-loved miniature railway opened again after its winter break.
Malcolm Hollyhead, president of the Huddersfield Society of Model Engineers, said they needed the Janauary/February break for vital maintenance.
"The railway's very popular," he said, "especially when we do the Christmas or Hallowe'en specials."
The railway is staffed by volunteers and carries 11,000 passengers a year.
Asked about the size of these trains compared to their massive counterparts, safety officer Alan Blacker said: "They have all got character in their own right. Each locomotive has its own character and personality."
The train runs from 2pm to 4pm at weekends, but there are also plans to open the line up for special events and school holidays.