The West Lancashire Light Railway

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2017 is our 50th Anniversary!

Check out our Anniversary page here

Book our Santa Specials 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 **

Last Saturday we played host to the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Society. Two engines were in steam for train rides and footplate visits, and tours of the workshops and engine sheds were given:


** NEWS UPDATE - 2 **

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

See here for details.


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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