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Date:-   14 July 2006

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Full Steam Ahead!

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 paraphernalia.

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.

You can also find our more by logging on to www.westlancs.org. We will let the photos give you a taste of what you could have seen at the event and also at the end of the report are some audio interviews.

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