Lincolnshire Coast Light Railway

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Welcome To Our Railway

Lincolnshire Coast Light Railway, Skegness Water Leisure Park,     Walls Lane, Ingoldmells, Skegness, PE25 1JF

The Lincolnshire Coast Light Railway (LCLR) is a 60 cm narrow gauge heritage railway, approximately 0.75 miles long, situated in Ingoldmells at the award winning Skegness Water Leisure Park on the beautiful Lincolnshire Coast. On our summer operating days you can ride in one of our historic railway carriages, pulled by either one of our historic diesel locomotives, or on steam days (see dates opposite) by our Peckett steam locomotive "Jurassic". The diesel locos are based on designs for WW1 trench railways, which later powered transport for agriculture and industry throughout Lincolnshire and the wider world. Our steam locomotive "Jurassic" was built in 1903 and spent her working life at a cement works in Southam, near Rugby. Following restoration at the LCLR she returned to steam in mid 2017.

Our collection of historic WW1 trench railway vehicles are demonstrated on gala days, and can normally be viewed on operating days. More details of the collection on the LCLR Historic Vehicles Trust page.


18-year-old Matthew Forman-Clark qualifies as a passenger train guard.

The youngest volunteer on the Lincolnshire Coast Light Railway, 18-year-old Matthew Forman-Clark (a student at Boston College who lives in Skegness) has just qualified as a passenger train guard and handled his first services on Saturday 6th August 2022. Matthew began volunteering on his 18th birthday (the youngest age at which volunteers can assist), helping to prepare the 1903-steam engine Jurassic for service and working on renovation and maintenance of the track and carriages. Chairman of the LCLR's Historic Vehicles Trust, Richard Shepherd, said: "All of us involved with the railway congratulated Matthew on passing his guard's exam and were impressed to see his smart turnout for his first duties. He is an indispensable part of our small tam of volunteers who keep our heritage trains on the rails. We're more used to seeing him in a boiler suit with a smattering of soot, from cleaning out Jurassic's boiler tubes and smoke box. We hope many more younger volunteers will follow in his footsteps to ensure the railway can continue in the future and enable the public to enjoy this unique part of Lincolnshire's heritage".

If you would like to know more about working with our small friendly team on our railway please do get in touch!

L to R - Platform Assistant Chris Bates, Matthew Forman-Clark, Station Master Calvin Roberts with driver Jim Smith looking on from cab. (Pic C. Bates/LCLR)

 

Could you spare some time to help run our railway - why not come and join us?

The LCLR is run totally by our small group of friendly volunteers. Would you like to be a train driver, guard, or ticket collector? We can offer full training in all operating departments. We also welcome volunteers to help maintain our steam & diesel locos, carriage stock, trackwork and buildings. We meet every Wednesday and most Saturdays throughout the year. If you would like to be a part of our award winning railway, we`d really like to hear from you! Please contact us via the link below:

 

 


LCLR Queens Diamond Jubilee Bank Hol Trains

Thurs 2nd June saw our Simplex diesel "Major JA Robins RE" in charge of the service. Sat 4th will be steam hauled!


Right away as Jurassic passes 2022 boiler test!

Jurassic, our steam loco, passed her annual boiler inspection on Wed 20th April 2022, which means that it`s full steam ahead at the LCLR this summer! Long serving member Chris Bates waves the all clear from the footplate. (pic - Chris Bates)


2021 HRA ‘RAILWAY OSCARS’ AWARD LCLR’S “SKEGGY SIMPLEX” RUNNER UP IN TWO CATEGORIES!

April 2021


LCLR celebrates its 60th Anniversary during Covid pandemic

The original LCLR opened at Humberston, Cleethorpes, on 27th August 1960. In 1985 it had to move and opened in Skegness in 2009. Plans to celebrate it`s 60th anniversary were scuppered by the Covid 19 pandemic. However the railway was able to privately recreate the opening train of 1960 with the same Simplex locomotive "Paul" and socially distanced volunteers from the railway staff.

The first train to operate on the LCLR Humberston on 27th August 1960.

A recreation of first train - 27th August 2020.


Mayor of Skegness & Jolly Fisherman wave green flag to start 10th anniversary gala

The gala, on 13th July 2019, celebrating the 10th anniversary of the LCLRs opening in the Skegness Water Leisure Park was opened by two very special guests: The Mayor of Skegness Cllr. Mark Dannatt and Skegness favourite The Jolly Fisherman.

NGRS visit to LCLR - 18th Sept 2021

The NGRS paid a visit to the LCLR 2 weeks after our public running season had finished. We were able to demonstrate some of our WW1 trench railway vehicles on the line for the first time in two years and it was a very enjoyable day - with great weather!


Ex Skegness Brickworks Simplex locomotive nears completion.

3rd Jan 2020 For more on this loco see below: