West Lancs. Railway – A short visit.

On the Sunday of the Windmill Farm Gala I took an hour off and drove the seven miles to the north to Hesketh Bank for a ride on the two foot gauge West Lancs. Railway. Kerr Stuart, Stanhope was in steam bearing its painted Tattoo name on the saddle tank. I watched it prepare a train and took the first train to Delph and back before returning to the WFR. For prospective and exisiting customers – this will appear in our annual Steamin’ Around on the Narrow Gauge DVD, later in the year, along with shots of Statfold, Amerton, Golden Valley and other narrow gauge lines visited in 2007. Al. nb all these episodes plus WLR now on a DVD for a fiver plus £1.25 p/p see www.pmvideo.co.uk for details. Locomotives The West Lancashire Light Railway as previously noted has eight steam locomotives on site; Irish Mail, 0-4-0st, Hunslet ‘Alice’ class, Ex. Dinorwic Slate Quarry, Wales, Operational. Joffre, 0-6-0t+wt, Kerr Stuart ‘Joffre’ class, Ex. WW1 French Artillery Railways, Under Restoration. Montalban, 0-4-0t+wt, Orenstein and Koppel, Ex. Minas de Utrillas, Spain, Operational. Utrillas, 0-4-0t+wt, Orenstein and Koppel, Ex. Minas de Utrillas, Spain, Operational. No. 45, 0-6-0t+wt, Chrzanow ‘LAS’ class, Ex. Polish 2ft. Gauge, Static Dislplay. Stanhope, 0-4-2st, Kerr Stuart ‘Tattoo’ class, Ex. Penrhyn Slate Quarry, Wales, Operational. No.47, 0-8-0t, Henschel, Ex. WW1 German Feldbahn, Awaiting Restoration. No.48, 0-4-2t, Fowler, Ex. Sena Sugar Estates, Mozambique, Awaiting Restoration

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