Lincolnshire Coast Light Railway – Extended Skegness Railway will open with ‘if it moves -we’ll run it’ theme

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Steam locomotive Jurassic with historic rolling stock in Walls Lane station on the LCLR (image: Dave Enefer/LCLR)

SUNDAY 27TH MAY 2018 SEES JURASSIC IN STEAM AND HERITAGE DIESELS RUNNING OVER NEWLY LAID TRACK

Regular train services, including some operated by steam, will begin on Sunday 27th May 2018, over the extension completed during the winter months to the Lincolnshire Coast Light Railway in the Skegness Water Leisure Park. The line has been extended by 150 metres beside the Skegness Aerodrome. The terminus run-round loop at South Loop has been moved to this new point (with 50 metres of the original track being relaid), with provision made for the construction of the line’s second station at some time in the future.

Services will continue to operate from Walls Lane station, close to the new Reception Building of the Water Leisure Park in Walls Lane, Ingoldmells. (The Park’s Reception Building was opened last year by HRH The Princess Royal, after her visit to the Railway to inspect its progress and to see how the Water Leisure Park is leading the way in the development of tourism in Skegness).

The extension has been built by volunteers using rail sourced from a Ministry of Defence depot near Carlisle, laid on former London Underground sleepers, secured with track bolts acquired from the famous Welsh narrow gauge Ffestiniog Railway. The line is gradually being relaid with similar sleepers, heavier rail and new ballast. Much has been completed throughout the winter and early Spring – despite the cold and inclement weather.

“A new section of passenger railway opening in Lincolnshire is a rare and special occasion” said the Railway’s spokesman, John Chappell. “We will keep fares at £1 return, even on days when we are using our steam locomotive Jurassic. That surely makes us the best value heritage railway anywhere in the British Isles”.

On Sunday 27th May, it’s intended to use Jurassic on after-lunch services and to operate the line’s classic Simplex diesels – built to a design based on those produced for the World War One battlefield lines and for Lincolnshire’s potato railways, along with as much of the historic rolling stock as we can. Trains will run from 11.00 to just before 4 pm.

“The railway is home to a historically significant collection of vehicles from the trench railways of the World War One battlefields, and we will demonstrate as many as possible,” John added. “The completion of the extension, the upgrading of the track and rolling stock are all great achievements by our increasing band of volunteer workers. Some travel from as far away as Wiltshire, Lancashire and the East Riding to work on the LCLR”.

2018 OPERATING DATES, LCLR

S = Steam after lunch; D = Diesel.

MAY

Sunday 27th Open Day S

JUNE

Saturday 9th: Skegness Water Leisure Park Caravan Show. Rides will be free D

JULY

Saturday 21st D
Saturday 28th D

AUGUST

Wednesday 1st D
Saturday 4th S
Wednesday 8th D
Saturday 11th S

Wednesday 15th D
Saturday 18th S
Wednesday 22nd D

Bank Holiday weekend Saturday 25th S
Bank Holiday Sunday 26th S
Wednesday 29th D

SEPTEMBER

Saturday 1st D (not S as originally publicised)
Saturday 15th S
Sunday 16th Skegness Water Leisure Park Classic Car Show S

Full details on the Jurassic story and the Lincolnshire Coast Light Railway on www.lclr.co.uk

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