2019 NEWS UPDATES
Yesterday was our last day of operation for 2019, with the final batch of our very popular Santa Specials.
Some rather weary volunteers head off for a well-earned Christmas break, before regrouping in January to prepare for our new 2020 season.
Next year promises to be an exciting one, with a number of new developments - watch this space!
And if you're in the mood for New Year Resolutions, how about one to consider volunteering to help run the Railway - there's lots to do both on the rails and trackside. Come and see us any Thursday or Sunday afternoon!
Anfield Rd School visit us (again!)
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A little damper than last year, but they still enjoyed the train rides and the workshop tour.
Our new film is now on sale!
Over the summer Oldman Films have been busy filming the Railway in operation, interviewing volunteers and looking for a lost Teddy Bear...
The DVD is on sale now here, and is also available in the shop, priced £5. The proceeds will go towards the Railway's preservation activities.
The Railway has made a donation in respect of the film to support the work of the Salvation Army with children.
<<== Click here to watch the trailer.
'Now, where's this dormouse I'm supposed to catch?'
Laura takes no chances with any hostile fauna, flora or working conditions that might inhabit the workshop.
We now own our site - the deal is done!
Thank you for your support in reaching this big milestone!
Congratulations to Simon Moore on passing out
as a steam driver!
Alan Jones, one of the Railway's Trustees, shakes
the hand of our newest, and youngest, steam
driver, whilst Joffre looks on approvingly.
We need more like Simon, to learn a trade with
the Railway and inspire a new generation of
members to play their part in running and
developing the Railway.
If that could be you, please get in touch!
Some photos of our portable track in use at last weekend's Leisure Lakes Steam Rally:
A couple of dates for your diary:
Members can now access the 2019 Agenda and annual reports, on the Documents page in the Members section.
Recently we had a visit from BBC Radio Lancashire, who recorded a short broadcast feature on the Railway and our redevelopment plans:
Not only steam engines, we have in our care the steam hooter from the old BICC works at Prescot, here having a run out at Rocket 190 at Rainhill last weekend.
Last Sunday was our Teddy Bears' day, with record crowds at Hesketh Bank to join in with the fun and games and take their teddies on a train ride. It's gratifying to see so many visitors at the Railway, and to get reviews like: 'fab fun family day out run by lovely volunteers' and 'fantastic day out & volunteers lovely and knowledgeable.'
Another day, another job. 250sq.m. of turf arrive to help create a new picnic/play area:
Our Easter Egg Hunt is a big success, with lots of visitors and lots of sun. But that's no excuse to take it easy on the site works:
Our first public running day for 2019 gets under way, with Irish Mail having the honour of first loco in service. Elsewhere the site improvements continue.
As part of our programme of site improvements, the Becconsall station area gets a make-over, in advance of our season starting on Sunday.
Due to the level of interest shown in our Teddy Bears Day on Sunday 19th May, we now have a book-in-advance facility - click here to buy tickets. You can still just turn up on the day.
STOP PRESS - pre-booking is also now available for our Great Easter Egg Hunt on Sunday 21st April. Click here to buy tickets.
Today three steam locos were lined up for the boiler inspector's visit, which saw them all passed fit for service after a steam test. We took the opportunity for some cleaning and polishing - enough pipework for a brass band! And in a quiet corner of the loco shed some essential paintworks are underway.
The beat goes on...the Wingrove battery-electric moves to its new home adjacent to the charging station, the site is cleared for relocation of a storage container, stones are removed ready for grass seeding, and old steelwork is recycled into the scrap skip. And we find a newt in the drain, no doubt revelling in its protected status.
Work in progress on a sunny Sunday.
The land clearance continues on the far side of the site, whilst a works train is assembled for some trackwork down the line at Willow Tree Halt.
Photos by Alan Frodsham.
Site clearance is underway, to mark out our boundary with the proposed heritage park. A fence is expected in due course.
Here Keith braces himself for some serious bramble culling.
Big news! The membership of the Railway have agreed to press ahead with the purchase of the land on which the Railway sits.
This will safeguard the future of the Railway, and allow us to develop and improve the facilities. More details in due course!
A new year, and with the Santa Specials complete, much is in store for 2019!
Next Saturday, January 5th is the date for an EGM, to consider options for the future of the Railway.