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 your sat-nav 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 steam trains for about 400m from Becconsall station through woodland between the village and the Douglas river, to Delph station. Trains normally run 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, funded by fare income, donations and membership fees.
Times and tickets
We run trains every Sunday and Bank Holiday, in normal times from Easter to the end of October, AND (new for 2021!) Wednesdays and Thursdays during the June and October half-term holidays. Download our 2021 leaflet here.
Our first trains in 2021 are likely to run in May, in accordance with current HM Government guidance. We will update this nearer the time.
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.
For 2021 we have brought back our discounted 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. Get them here! 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.
April news updates
We are delighted to announce that we have been awarded £18,900 from the second round of the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund, one of 2,700 recipients to benefit from this round of the £1.57 billion Fund.
Mike Spall – West Lancashire Light Railway Trust Chair said:
'This funding means a great deal to our Railway Trust. 2020 was a very difficult year for us, with nearly all our scheduled operating days cancelled due to the Covid-19 emergency. Like many heritage operations our income, used to keep us operating, was lost overnight. This funding will ensure that we can reopen and welcome back our many visitors and friends. It will also allow our wonderful volunteers to return to the railway, maintaining friendships and wellbeing, and provide something positive for our community. Our sincere thanks to the Cultural Recovery Fund for this well-timed funding.'
Some more good news! We have received a generous donation of £1288 from the Co-op Local Community Fund. When Co-op Members buy selected products and services in-store or online, we can receive a donation. This will go towards buying an interactive display screen for use with educational visits. You can help by becoming a Co-op member here and choosing us as your local cause.
We now have our own Youtube channel - you can watch it here.
With the publication of HM Government's roadmap out of lockdown, we hope to restart the running of passenger trains in mid-April. Watch this space for updates!
Some recent activity at the Railway as we get ready to open:
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 plan to run some fun, safe activities for our visitors, centred as always around our Famous Engines!
We love to have people enjoying special visits to the Railway, whether it's driving an engine for the day, having a birthday party or other celebration, or with a special-interest group.
Whether you are by yourself, with a group of friends or family, a school class or a club or society, we will be very pleased to see you!
More details are here.
Drive-an-Engine, Parties and Groups
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 appreciate your co-operation in keeping everyone safe and maintaining social distancing. NOTE: These procedures may be updated for 2021 opening.