WELCOME TO OUR RAILWAY !
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Where we are
We are on Station Road, Hesketh Bank, just by Booth's supermarket.
The village is about 10 miles south of Preston, in the county of Lancashire, UK.
The postcode for sat-navs is PR4 6SP.
Turn into Tarleton village where the A59 Liverpool-Preston road meets the A565 to Southport. Turn right at the mini-roundabout into Church St., then left into Hesketh Lane. The Railway is 1.5 miles further on, on the right.
Stagecoach Bus No.2 runs past the site, every hour on Sundays and Bank Holidays.
What we do
We run narrow-gauge trains for about 400m from Becconsall station through woodland between the village and the Douglas river, to Delph station. We run half-hourly steam trains on Sundays and Bank Holidays, between Easter and the end of October. At Becconsall we have a shop selling a wide variety of railway-themed gifts and books.
We offer a family-friendly venue for visitors interested in live-steam railways and the preservation of our industrial heritage. As well as six steam engines on site, we have more than twenty small diesel, petrol and battery locomotives rescued from defunct industrial undertakings.
The Railway is a registered charity operated entirely by volunteers, and funded by fare income, donations and membership fees.
Times and tickets
The site is always free to enter - we make a charge for train rides and on special event days for some attractions provided by third parties. Parking is free. Trains run every 30 minutes from 11.30 to 4.30 - you can ride as many times as you like on your ticket. Or you are welcome to just have some tea in the cafe, watch the trains come and go, and maybe have a browse in the shop.
You can buy standard-fare tickets at our Station Shop:
Adults £3.50 Children (3 years +) £2.50
Family (2 + 2) £9 Concessions* £3.00
Infants under 3 Free
*Concessions apply to over 60s, official carers, Armed Forces in uniform or with ID.
For Santa trains, and for special event trains not booked in advance, different fares apply.
However if you book online, you can receive a discount, with our Advance Anyday tickets. These can be used on any train, including galas and other special events, except Santa Specials. They are valid indefinitely and are only available online. When you arrive, please show your advance tickets at the shop, either on your phone or as a paper copy.
NHS staff and other key workers receive an extra discount on our Advance tickets, by entering the code KEYWORKER when ordering. Please bring your work ID with you.
November news updates
After a fairly short but enjoyable late summer/early autumn season, we are now closed until next Easter, apart from our famous Santa Specials in December. However a lot is going on behind the scenes, with work advancing on the restoration of Sybil, the overhaul of Montalban and the fitting-out of our new access coach. We are also developing the new entrance to the Railway, which will lead up from the new car park at the rear of the premises.
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Below are some recent photos of activities at the Railway - there's more of them on our Flickr site here.
To keep everyone safe, we have adopted these precautions:
- we will ask you for a contact name and number, for virus tracking if needed. Your details will be securely stored on paper, and destroyed after 21 days. Or you can use the NHS track-and-trace app,
- signs and barriers will guide you to the station shop. Use the window hatch if you're just buying tickets,
- face masks are required in the shop, one group at a time. Please only handle goods you intend to buy. Use contactless cards if you can, but cash can be used,
- sanitiser stations are provided, and the coaches will be sanitised before you board,
- staff will show you onto the train, one group per screened compartment,
- at Delph station please remain seated with the engine runs round the train ready to take it back to Becconsall. Photos with the engine can be arranged with the guard.
We understand this is a little different from the norm, and we appreciate your
co-operation in keeping everyone safe and maintaining social distancing.
We will run a number of special events throughout 2021, Covid-19 permitting.
We know how popular events such as the Teddy Bears' Outing and Friendly Engines Day are, and we hope to run some fun, safe activities for our visitors, centred as always around our Famous Engines!