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

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  All our Santa Specials for 

  2017 are fully booked.

  We are sorry if you are 

  disappointed - demand this

  year has been exceptional.

** NEWS UPDATE - 2 **

Saturday 18th November saw us play host to the Branch Line Society. And play they did, on virtually every inch of the Railway's track, including sidings that had not seen moving wheelsets for a long time!

Our resident pattern-maker, Alan Frodsham, converted four wagons from our heritage fleet into temporary coaches, so that upwards of 30 BLS members could ride over the full extent of our rails, from buffer stop to buffer stop.

Not forgetting the turntable of course, and the inside of all our rail-connected buildings. As well as steam locomotive Utrillas, several of our diesels were fired up to keep the flow going.

All-in-all an unusual and enjoyable event, with both visitors and hosts well pleased with the day's activities.
** NEWS UPDATE - 1 **

November 5th was our Children in Need Day, when we run trains for free and ask visitors to make a donation to the Children in Need Appeal.

It was a fine sunny day, and lots of people turned up, had a ride, ate cake, admired  the tractors and gave generously to our bucket-shaking volunteers.

We raised over £400 - thank you all!


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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