The West Lancashire light railway

kevsmith Oct 20, 2021

  1. kevsmith

    kevsmith TrainBoard Member

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    Just down the road from the Ribble Steam railway is the short 2 foot gauge railway called the West Lancashire light railway. Originated by workers in the local brickworks who rescued a variety of stock and track it is a line I've been meaning to get too for ages. Situated in Hesketh bank to the South of Preston it only has half a mile of track but a vast collection of locos.

    Main motive power on the day was Hunslet built 0-4-0ST Irish Mail works number 823 of 1903

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    Just out of ticker and withdrawn a few weks ago for overhaul was Joffre, A genuine first world war trench loco. This Kerr Stuart 0-6-0T was built in 1915 and was rumoured to have been involved in the Battle of the Somme

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    We had an escorted tour of the workshops were Montalban, An Orenstein & Koppel 0-4-0WT of 1913 vintageis being re-assembled

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    Behind it was Sybil, with its characteristic round firebox. This is a completely new firebox and involves some serious rivetting

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    The most basic loco you can get. A petrol powered Lister

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    More substantial is one of the many Motor rail examples. These things are really basic but easy to keep going

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    An immaculate Huswell Clark 'Fire proofed' loco

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    Another Motor rail and a Ruston Hornsby

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    A rudimentary side tipper typical of thousands buil for the 2 foot gauge over the years

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    video at



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    Anf my favourite?

    John Fowler 15591 of 1923 'Cheetal' an Ex Karachi Port trust locomotive repatriated back to the U.K

    Needa lot of work!

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    Normally, the bigger the locomotive, the better I like it (I witnessed Big Boy 4014 up close in 2019) but that video is fascinating!

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    As a fan of small operations, such as Maine 2 footers, I love seeing the small critters like these examples. (y)(y)(y)
     

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