We know this is a difficult time for many, as we all deal with the Covid-19 emergency. Family and friends must come first, but wouldn't it be sad if we came through this crisis only to find that many of our favourite heritage centres had closed for good?

The West Lancashire Light Railway relies on the footfall of our visitors to keep running and to maintain and improve our heritage railway. It's looking increasingly likely that we will have several months of no operational income. We are all volunteers so there are no wages to pay, but we still have substantial invoices to be settled.

If, after ensuring the well-being of your family and friends, you would like help us restart the Railway as soon as restrictions are lifted, here are some suggestions:

1) Purchase a Return to Steam Advance Family Ticket

This is a discounted Family Ticket (2 adults + 2 children) for unlimited travel on the day of use on any of our published operating days, apart from Santa Specials.

This is a saving of 33% on a standard family ticket. NHS staff and key workers can receive an additional discount when booking.


ALSO INCLUDED is entry into a Prize Draw - the winner can choose EITHER a Drive-an-Engine Day for two people OR a family ticket for one of our Santa Specials in December.

Click here to purchase.

2) Make a donation

Make a donation towards keeping the Railway going during the emergency and allowing us to restart as soon as conditions allow. Donations will help improve our cash flow at a time when we have no money coming in from running trains.

Make your donation here.

3) Join our Subscription Scheme

This is another way to help ensure we have enough funds to maintain and operate the Railway.  Our monthly Members and Friends Subscription scheme allows you to make a regular contribution to our funds.

Join our subscription scheme here.

4) Become a Member of the Railway

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.

Become a member here.

5) Book a Drive-an-Engine Experience

Become an engine driver for a day, and learn how to fire and drive one of our steam locos! You can combine this with hosting a birthday party or other celebration at the Railway. We have a brand-new party room ready and waiting to host your event!

Book your Experience here.

6) Shop online with Amazon or Easyfunding

Use or when ordering on-line shopping, selecting your charity as the West Lancashire Light Railway.

Any of these ways will make a real contribution to us getting the Railway operational again as soon as we can.


And don't forget you can subscribe to our newsletter here and keep-up-to-date wit what's happening at the Railway. 


Thank you for your support!

West Lancashire Light Railway, Station Rd, Hesketh Bank, nr Preston PR4 6SP     

    Phone 01772 815 881