It is with regret that we have decided to suspend the opening of our 2020 season to ensure that our visitors and volunteers are not put at any further risk.

This means our Friendly Engines Day on April 5th and our Easter Egg Hunt on April 12th are now cancelled.

If you have already booked for one of our events, we will be contacting you shortly to offer a refund, with the option of either using your ticket for one of our other events or its value as a donation to support our Charitable Trust during the period.

Should the situation improve and Government guidance changes, we hope to open on Sunday 3rd May. We will update our latest position on social media and our website

nearer the time.

We thank you for your support and look forward to seeing you all soon, in more normal times.


Two years ago we were runners-up in the Small Groups category at the

Heritage Railway Association's Annual Awards Night.

This year we have gone one better and won the category outright! We beat off strong competition from the Ferryhill Railway Heritage Trust, the Lincolnshire Coast Light Railway and the Deeside Railway Company.

The award was in recognition of securing the future of the Railway by purchase of the land on which we operate. This was achieved in the midst of a complex, fast-moving situation which carried a real risk of the Railway's closure.

We are honoured for our achievement to be recognised in this way, and very grateful to our members, friends and supporters who made this outcome possible.

Members' sign-up procedure added April 3rd


Carriage shed blog updated March 22nd

News page updated March 15th

March 2020 gallery updated March 15th

March newsletter added March 7th

Image of the month updated March 2nd

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 from April to the end of 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.


We are now owners of own site!

After months of hard work and negotiation we have completed the purchase of the land on which the Railways sits, thereby saving it for future generations to visit and enjoy!

We are very grateful to all those who have made this possible, in particular those who have generously donated or loaned money towards our Redevelopment Fund.

We still need to pay off the loans and progress our plans for improvement of the siteVisit our Redevelopment page to see how you can help us achieve our goals (and earn a reward) or simply click on the donate button. =>

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

(Tripadvisor comment)





 A massive thank you to yourself and all of the wonderful volunteers

who helped make today special for our children and staff

(Primary school teacher)





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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