West Lancs Light Railway at 50

Half an hour drive away from my Lydiate home is Hesketh Bank where the West Lancashire Light Railway has been operating for 50 years, indeed 2017 is it’s 50 anniversary year.

I went to their 50th Anniversary Steam Gala event yesterday and it was well worth the journey. Four narrow gauge steam locos in use, traction engines on display and big crowds too. Here’s some photos I took:-

Happy 50th Birthday to the volunteers who run this delightful narrow gauge railway.

The first photo is amongst my Flickr shots at:-

https://www.flickr.com/photos/86659476@N07/

Southport Model Railway Exhibition 2015

This is always a good show that is well worth a visit. This year it was held over the weekend of the 7th/8th November at Greenbank High School.

I ran into my old friend Geoff Payne who was running the West Lancashire Light Railway stand. Geoff is an Aintree Village Parish Councillor of long standing. It was nice to catch up with him especially as I not previously realised that he was a fellow railway enthusiast.

I also spied my old chum Roger Bell running the OPSTA stall. Roger is a also a Labour member of West Lancs Borough Council and was deep in conversation with someone (Roger is a big talker!). I thought I would have a chin wag with him later, trouble is he must have seen me as I could not find him on my second circuit! Only kidding Roger.

Here are 3 photos I took at the exhibition:-

A typical American steam era scene in HO scale.

A typical American steam era scene in HO scale.

A beautiful Darjeeling live steam loco on 32mm track.

A beautiful Darjeeling live steam loco on 32mm track.

In steam - a delightful representation of a British narrow gauge train also on 32mm track.

In steam – a delightful representation of a British narrow gauge train also on 32mm track.

West Lancs Light Railway – Hesketh Bank

This is a delightful narrow gauge railway at Hesketh Bank between Southport and Preston. Their web site is at:-

www.westlancs.org/

I undertook a ‘Driver Experience’ day there with my Brother-In-Law Ian a few years ago and we had an excellent day shunting up and down the tracks.

It is open to the public most Sundays and is well worth a visit.

Me on the footplate of the steam engine 'Stanhope'

Me on the footplate of the steam engine ‘Stanhope’

Steaming along

Steaming along

These excellent shots were taken by ace Lydiate photographer Keith Page. You can see his work at:-

www.flickr.com/photos/keith_page/