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Santa Specials fully booked

Posted by railwaygardener on December 13, 2016 at 6:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Demand for our Santa Specials has been exceptional, and we are now fully booked on all remaining trains.

If any tickets become availalable they will be shown on the" target="_blank">booking page.


Posted by railwaygardener on September 18, 2016 at 3:45 PM Comments comments (0)

The table turns!

Another modest milestone today, as the new turntable (otherwise known as Smithy's Magic Roundabout) was lowered into position. Wheels and rail are still to be added, but it looks good, don't you think?

Middleforth at Corris Model Railway Show

Posted by railwaygardener on September 1, 2016 at 6:00 PM Comments comments (0)

The Railway's portable live-steam layout Middleforth Light Railway had an outing over the Bank Hoilday weekend.

It was an exhibit at the Corris Model Railway and Toy Exhibition at the Leisure Centre in Machynlleth, Powys.

It was literally centre-stage, occupying a poistion in the middle of the stage in the Main Hall.

The layout stood up well to the rigours of the three-day event, and the four operators likewise survived intact.

Some more photos are here

Southport bikers pay us a visit

Posted by railwaygardener on August 14, 2016 at 7:35 PM Comments comments (0)

On Sunday 14th August we welcomed more than twenty motorbike fans to the Railway.

They were all members of local motorcycle clubs, come for a day out.

More photos are here.

The Railway receives a generous donation

Posted by railwaygardener on August 11, 2016 at 4:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Recently the Railway received a substantial donation from two local supporters.

It will help to fund a new 'Access for All' coach, as well as other smaller railway projects. The coach will allow those with limited mobility, and also parents with prams and buggies, to ride our narrow gauge steam trains.

West Lancashire Light Railway trust Chairman Mike Spall said "We are delighted and very grateful for this very kind donation. The funds will enable us to better welcome our visitors with mobility difficulties. Our target is to have the coach in service sometime in 2017, the railway's 50th anniversary”

JOFFRE joins in WWI commemoration

Posted by railwaygardener on May 19, 2016 at 3:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Joffre visited France recently, the Frossy Dompierre Light Railway to be precise, or Le Petit Train de la Haute Somme as it is known locally.

The occasion was the 100th anniversary of the battle of the Somme. As well as our Joffre, a Baldwin from Leighton Buzzard also attended.

These photos were taken by Martyn Smith.

New Message Board facility

Posted by railwaygardener on April 12, 2016 at 3:20 PM Comments comments (0)

We have created a new feature for Members on the website, a Message Board that can be used to comment on current activities, publicise new events, or anything else relevant to the Railway.

Members can access it from the Members page.

West Lancs does Peterborough

Posted by railwaygardener on April 10, 2016 at 3:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Your webmaster has just returned, light of heart and lighter of wallet, from the National Garden Railway Show at Peterborough.

This year five of us took Middleforth, the West Lancs' latest 16mm model masterpiece. It was well received, with a good take-up of leaflets and even the odd enquiry as to what goes on 'up north'.

For the photo story click here.

Steam test

Posted by railwaygardener on March 24, 2016 at 5:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Last weekend saw more getting ready, this time Joffre was fired up for a steam test.

Alan Frodsham caught the atmosphere:

VIP Civic Visit to the Railway

Posted by Spally on March 20, 2016 at 10:05 AM Comments comments (0)

On Sunday 20th 'March the West Lancashire Light Railway Trust was delighted to host a visit from the Mayor of West Lancashire Borough Council, Councillor Nikki Hennessey and her guest the Burgomaster Christoph Schultz from Erkrath, Germany.

The visit included Councillors and Officials from West Lancashire and Erkrath. The visit coincided with the steam-up of 3 engines in preparation for their yearly boiler steam inspection, so there was plenty for our visitors to see as the railway prepares for our 49th season from this Good Friday.