Tour group at West Lancs Light Railway, England

This morning I collected tour group at Manchester Airport, England, connected with tour bus and then drove about one hour north to visit the West Lancashire Light Railway at Hesketh Bank near Preston.

The West Lancs is a narrow gauge passenger carrying railway started by enthusiasts in 1967. Although the line extends for just half a mile the railway is home to a remarkable collection of locomotives comprising seven steam engines plus others powered by diesel, battery and petrol (gasoline).

Our hosts provided a very generous welcome, allowing tour guests to drive a diesel locomotive provided a tour of the engineering sheds with collection of engines in various states of repair followed by refreshments.

Tour guests mastering controls of diesel engine

Joiffre Steam Engine at W Lancs Light Raillway

Controls of Joiffre Steam Engine, West Lancs Light Railway

Loco No 2 at West Lancs Light Railway

After about two hours at W. Lancs we embarked a four-hour trip to Porthmadog in N.W. Wales entailing:

  • Drive through the city of Liverpool.
  • Rolling green scenery of North Wales populated by sheep,cattle, mountains, waterfalls and rivers.

North Wales Coastal View

North Wales Landscaoe

On arrival at Porthmadog we checked into our hotel and prepared for tomorrow’s steam train trips.

Our today benefited from warm and sunny weather.

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