FULL steam ahead at the West Lancashire
Light Railway. This visitor attraction is on the border of West
Lancs. and Merseyside and often gets overlooked. So we were invited
down to see what they have to offer.
The railway is a short gauge line situated at
Hesketh Bank next to an old clay quarry. The line was built by young
boys back in 1967 in an endeavour to conserve some of the rapidly
disappearing industrial equipment around the local area. On Saturday
12 August and Sunday 13 August 2006, it was the Annual Steam Gala.
The event had not only three steam trains taking passengers for
rides from their small station at Hesketh Bank, but also a Green
Goddess fire engine, fairground organ, traction engine, classic and
vintage cars and even an old London bus which gave passengers free
tours around the local area! Inside were exhibits of model
railways and plans of the engines running outside and other railway
There was also a resident artist drawing skilful
pictures of machines and animals. If you want to find out more about
the group and how to join, and/or to book a birthday party or to
find out opening times then call them on 01772 815881. They are open
every Sunday until October 29 and also August Bank Holiday August 28
and there will be a Santa Special.