The West Lancashire Light Railway

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2018 NEWS

December 9th

Our Santa Specials are underway!

Only a very few tickets are left - check availability here.

December 3rd

The neighbours are coming...

Demolition and site clearance works are well underway on the old Alty's site, removing all trace of the old brickworks, including the chimney.

November 28th

Yesterday saw Santa's little (and not so little) helpers come out in force for the annual present-wrapping. 

In anticipation of another sell-out year, a record number of presents were unboxed, wrapped and re-boxed during the evening. 

Extraordinary what the lure of mince pies can do...

November 18th

A new arrival on site. Guesses on its purpose included the chairman's new luxury office suite, an overflow store for health and safety paperwork (not nearly big enough), and a punishment cell for unruly staff.

The official explanation is accommodation for those dispensing good cheer (of the drinkable variety) during Santa Specials. Got your tickets yet?

November 15th

Activity at the regular Thursday workshop day. The access coach gets its blue topcoat, whilst assembly of Sybil's boiler proceeds apace (and not just from the outside).

November 11th

Today, Remembrance Sunday, we observed the two minutes' silence beside Joffre, our WW1 French Artillery locomotive. Afterwards we gave rides to visitors, in return for a donation to the Poppy Appeal.

Our thanks to those who came to remember with us.

November 3rd

Yesterday 90 (!) children from Anfield school, Liverpool visited us to learn all about our engines and what we do here. They saw how a steam engine works, how the crew operate a train, how we restore and maintain our rolling stock, and lots more besides.

A very enjoyable day for the children, their teachers and our members!

August 30th

Significant progress with the access coach - on its bogies and out for a test run.

The verdict - very smooth!

August 13th

The restoration of Sybil continues. A recent milestone was the initial fitting of the firebox to the boiler, making the whole thing look very businesslike!

June 8th

In the unlikely event you haven't heard, new regulations on data protection have come into force recently.

We have updated our policy, which can be downloaded here.

May 13th

The sun shone and the workers were out in force today. 

Irish Mail is parked on the turntable for attention to her running gear....

....and right next door the new pointwork for the turntable receives some careful fettling.

May 3rd

We always like to welcome tour parties to West Lancs, and yesterday we hosted the Maertens Rail Romance Coach party from Germany.

To quote one of the visitors: 'They put on a big show, also the bacon butties are to die for!'

April 15th

With the new operating season well under way, restoration and maintenance work continues in the workshops.

Here our Hudswell mines loco gets a coat of paint on its brand-new cab.

In its first life underground it was cabless, as there was no room in the tunnels!

March 30th 

This weekend sees our first running days of the year, kicking off with a normal operating day on Good Friday.

The weather could be better, but a warm welcome awaits our visitors to our Easter Egg Hunts on Sunday and Monday.

February 11th

Yesterday was Awards Night at the Heritage Railway Association. A number of our members attended the ceremony, some almost unrecognisable out of their overalls...  

And we were runners-up in the Small Groups category!  The award was for our 50th Anniversary celebrations - a big thank you to all who contributed to the galas!

February 7th

Our 2018 timetable has been finalised - see here.

More details of each event will be added nearer the time - watch this space!

January 21st

The saga of the gala - read more than you really wanted to know here.

January 15th

More work on the loop at Delph yesterday, laying out the new(ish) sleepers on the renovated trackbed. More images are here.

We also held the Sybil Locomotive Trust AGM, where good progress was reported on the rebuild - photos are here.

January 9th

The Annual Report for 2016 is now available on the Documents page in the Members Section.

Website members can log in here.

January 8th

One happy worker - Keith wields a drill to good effect preparing Sybil's barrel for riveting to the throatplate.

More photos are on Sybil's Facebook page.

January 7th

The fun never stops at West Lancs. Today more work was done relaying the loop at Delph.

See this Facebook link for more photos.

January 3rd

As you may have noticed, the website has now entered its Blue Period. Green is so 2017....

Also there's a new photo story to view, and a link added to the Branch Line Society's visit report.

January 2nd

After an exciting and very successful 50th anniversary year, we are looking forward to what 2018 will bring us!

We open for the season on Good Friday, but in the meantime there's lots going on behind the scenes, maintaining and improving the site and our collection of preserved engines and rolling stock.

We hope this year to be running our new Access Coach, so those with restricted mobility can have a ride on our trains. And our Quarry Bagnall loco Sybil should be making an appearance after restoration.

There's lots to do before Easter - visit our membership page to see how you can help!