The West Lancashire Light Railway

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2017 is our 50th Anniversary!

Check out our Anniversary page here

Get your train tickets for the 50th Anniversary Gala here


Welcome to our website!


Our railway is a short 2ft-gauge passenger line in the village of Hesketh Bank, between Southport and Preston. 

It features locomotives, wagons and other equipment from long-gone industrial sites in Lancashire, other parts of the UK and overseas. 

We run steam trains on Sundays and Bank Holidays between April and October.

We also hold special event days, including Easter Egg Hunts, Galas, Teddy Bears’ Outings and Santa Specials.

Come and have a ride on our railway!

We will be delighted to see you, and you will be helping to preserve a valuable part of our industrial heritage.

The timetable of events and list of fares are here.

This great little railway has a lot of atmosphere and an unusual history

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** NEWS UPDATE - 1 **

Our 50th Anniversary Gala is getting very close! More details are here.

** NEWS UPDATE - 2 **

Our ever-popular Santa Specials can now be booked online!

See here for details.

** NEWS UPDATE - 3 **


No fewer than four Quarry Hunslets assembled at West Lancs to haul our 'Nearly 50' gala trains. Other attractions included rides behind a 5" gauge live steam engine, drive-a-diesel, model railways, Meccano, a fairground, traditional games and vintage bus rides. On the Saturday evening we had live entertainment and food. 

All-in-all a great weekend!

Some photos are at the bottom of this page, and on our Facebook page here.

And don't forget the Big One - the actual 50th Anniversary Gala on the 23rd and 24th September!

More details are here.


Come and join us!

There's always lots to do maintaining and improving our locomotives, rolling stock and operating facilities, not to mention crewing our trains and running the shop.

If you would like to get involved, we would be very pleased to see you. 

More details are here.

Some photo stories of what we get up to are here.

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