SD4422 : The Irish Mail, West Lancashire Light Railway

taken 2 months ago, near to Becconsall, Lancashire, Great Britain

The Irish Mail, West Lancashire Light Railway
The Irish Mail, West Lancashire Light Railway
The West Lancashire Light Railway has eight steam locomotives, four of which are in operating condition; one is currently being restored and another is on static display. Irish Mail is an 0-4-0 saddle tank, built by the Hunslet Engine Company of Leeds in 1903 (works number 823). It worked at the Dinorwic slate quarries in North Wales. Irish Mail was named after a racehorse belonging to the quarry owners and was one of the few quarry locos to be built with a cab. It is seen here standing at Becconsall, the southern terminus of the WLLR.

The locomotive remained in service until the 1950s when it was partially dismantled. It was acquired by the WLLR in 1969 after the quarry closed and was restored over a ten-year period. The locomotive entered service at Hesketh Bank in 1981. Ownership is now with the West Lancashire Locomotive Trust (LinkExternal link West Lancashire Light Railway)
The West Lancashire Light Railway
The West Lancashire Light Railway (WLLR) is a narrow gauge railway which was formed in 1967 to save the narrow gauge railway equipment which was disappearing from local industries. A suitable site was found alongside Alty’s brickworks at Hesketh Bank and some equipment acquired and a short (approx. 150 yards) section of 2ft gauge track, using redundant rails and a set of axles on which the first item of rolling stock was built.

The running line slowly grew in length and now runs from Becconsall station to Delph, a distance of approx. 430 yards. The track extends eastwards beyond Delph station on ledge above the old clay pit which but this is too narrow to contain a run-round loop and so trains terminate at Delph. The WLLR is open to the public on Sundays and Bank Holidays and passengers can ride in semi-open coaches which have been built by the railway's volunteers.

LinkExternal link West Lancashire Light Railway
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Sunday, 30 June, 2019   (more nearby)
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Friday, 5 July, 2019
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OSGB36: geotagged! SD 447 228 [100m precision]
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