The West Lancashire Light Railway

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Become a member of the West Lancashire Light Railway!


If you would like to support the railway, we would love you to become a member.

As well as free rides, members receive our periodical Short Axle and other occasional publications, and can participate in a wide variety of activities on the Railway.

Click here for an application form, which you can download and print (right-click on the form and choose Save as...).


We have no paid staff, all our workforce are members who give their time to operate and maintain the railway.

If you would like to help preserve part of our industrial railway heritage, come along on a Sunday afternoon or Thursday evening to see what we do.

We have a wide range of activities, skilled and unskilled, including:

Train operation (driving, firing and guarding)

Mechanical engineering

Electrical engineering




Shop sales

No experience is necessary, as training will be given as required.

We are a fairly small organisation, so new members can quickly get to know us and start making a useful contribution.