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.

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

(Tripadvisor comment)

** NEWS UPDATE - 3 **

Our latest special event was a new one for us, an excursion to the Leisure Lakes Steam Rally with the diesel loco 'Tawd' and a pair of tipper wagons.

Rides were on offer (on the loco, not in the tippers) and a fun time was had by all. A must-do again next year!


** NEWS UPDATE - 2 **

The Easter weekend saw our ever-popular Easter Egg Hunt, with our very own Easter Bunny helping (and sometimes hindering) our visitors find all the Easter eggs and claim a chocolatey prize. 

Meanwhile work continued on Sybil's new boiler:


** NEWS UPDATE - 3 **

On March 26th the Mayor of West Lancashire, Councillor Liz Savage, visited us to officially open our new season.

The Mayor and her consort were greeted by our Chairman, Mike Spall, who 

escorted the party on a ride on the train, pulled by our Kerr Stuart steam locomotive Joffre.

The Mayor, surrounded by an enthusiastic crowd, cut a ribbon across the track to mark the start of our passenger services in this special Anniversary year:


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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