The West Lancashire Light Railway

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2017 is our 50th Anniversary!

Check out our Anniversary page 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 (although this year we start on 26th March).

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.

Click the links at the top to find out more.

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

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We re-open this Sunday March 26th - first train at 11.30!

Come and celebrate Mothering Sunday on our first running day of the year, and take advantage of our reduced Family fare! 

The Mayor of West Lancashire will be visiting us from 1.30 to officially open our new season.

The timetable of events and fares 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.

The Chairman's Review of 2016 - a very successful year for the Railway:

Some additional photo stories of what we got up to in 2016 are here.

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