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Redevelopment news

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We have been successful in purchasing the land on which the Railway sits, while much of the surrounding land has been sold off for housing.

Ownership gives us security of tenure​, so we can plan for the future with confidence. Immediate plans are for a new car park and better toilet facilities, with access for the disabled. Longer-term we are hoping to replace some of our older structures with more modern buildings.

However our first priority is to raise the funds to pay off the loans for the land purchase.

The cost is in excess of £250,000, more than we can raise from our own resources.

Can you help us? We would greatly appreciate any amount you can give. See here for how your giving can earn rewards.

You can donate in several ways:


Set up a standing order with your bank, in favour of 'The WLLRT Members & Friends Development Fund'.

Card or Paypal

Pay securely with your credit card or with  Paypal, by clicking on the 'Donate here' button below.

Bank transfer

Transfer money directly to the Development Fund bank account, no. 55749968, sort code 30-96-85.


Send a cheque payable to 'The WLLRT Members & Friends Development Fund' to our Treasurer

at the Railway.

We need at least 160 monthly subscriptions of £10 for 5 years, to help pay off the purchase loans. However any amount you can give, for any period, will help a great deal.

For one-off donations, please send cheques to: 'The Honorary Treasurer, West Lancashire Light Railway, Station Rd, Hesketh Bank, nr. Preston, PR4 6SP. On operating days you can also hand in your donation at our shop.

If you are  UK taxpayer, please also complete a Gift Aid form and send it to the Treasurer. That way your donation is 25% more valuable to us!

You can download the form here. Our appeal leaflet is here.

Help us and earn a reward!

1) Subscribe £10 a month and receive a Friends of the WLLR Family Travel Pass, plus issues of our magazine The Short Axle during your donation period.

2) Donate £1000 and receive Honorary Life Family Membership, which includes free travel and our Short Axle magazine.

3) Donate £5000 or more and receive Honorary Life Family Membership​ plus a full day VIP Drive-an-Engine Experience for you and your guests.

(Please note that the Travel Pass and free travel are not valid for Santa Specials).

This is a major step for us. With your help we can make it a successful one, and take the Railway on to a bright future.


We are proud of what we have achieved in our first 50 years, and grateful for the support we have received from our friends in Hesketh Bank and Tarleton, and further afield. Thank you!

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