AN award-winning museum now has even more pulling power for visitors.
The National Coal Mining Museum at Caphouse Colliery, near Grange Moor, has opened its own railway.
Christopher Garnett, chief executive of train operator GNER, officially launched the new line. It runs from the main visitor centre through the 16-acre site.
The train - made up of two adapted pit railway "cars" - is pulled by an electric loco which was previously used at the Prince of Wales Colliery at Pontefract.
During his visit, Mr Garnett took the controls from driver John Carrington to put the engine through its paces. Mr Garnett was welcomed by museum chairman Baroness Lockwood.
The railway takes visitors from the main museum area to car parks on the edge of the site.
Museum commercial director Richard Saward said: "When Caphouse was a working colliery, there was a railway which carried the coal to the canal at Durkar, near Wakefield. The tracks can be seen on Blacker Lane.
"The completion of this project is another step towards the museum's objective of reinstating as many of the original features as possible."
The museum was named Tour of the Year in this year's Good Britain Guide.