The West Lancashire Light Railway

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The Narrow Gauge Railway Society visit

Posted by steam on May 23, 2017 at 6:00 PM Comments comments (1)

Recently the Narrow Gauge Railway Society paid us a visit, as a prelude to their AGM in the nearby All Saints church hall.

Our visitors enjoyed train rides behind Joffre and Utrillas, drive-a-diesel trips in the sidings and access to the engine sheds and workshops, with West Lancs staff on hand to answer any questions.

And as a rare treat for NGRS and WLLR members alike, a special train was pulled by one of our small diesels, No.11 Motorail, driven by Mike Gott.

West Lancs at Leisure Lakes

Posted by steam on May 23, 2017 at 5:50 PM Comments comments (1)

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!

The Easter Bunny visits!

Posted by steam on May 23, 2017 at 5:40 PM Comments comments (0)

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:


The Mayor opens our new season

Posted by steam on May 23, 2017 at 5:25 PM Comments comments (0)


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:

May Bank Holiday services

Posted by Spally on April 30, 2017 at 12:00 AM Comments comments (0)
May Bank Holiday services. Sunday 30th April. 11.30 ~ 16.30 Monday 1st May. 11.30 ~ 16.30

Santa Specials fully booked

Posted by steam 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.

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Posted by steam 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 steam 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 steam 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 steam 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”