August 2014

Bus tour to commemorate 50th anniversary of West Lancashire Railway closure

Posted by Robert Hampton on 14th August 2014 at 9:24 pm

On Sunday 7th September 1964 British Railways succeeded in their 5 year objective of closing the Line from Southport to Preston. Join us 50 years thereafter on Sunday 7th September 2014 as we take a tour by bus along the route of the original West Lancashire Railway from Southport to Preston commencing 1130 at London Street, Southport, at side of Southport Station. We will be using vehicles provided by Merseyside Transport Trust in Burscough where our 502 Unit is being restored. Return to Southport will be before 1730.

We will be visiting most of the original Station locations with frequent stops at for example Meols Cop Carriage Works, Hesketh Bank for visit to and trip on West Lancashire Light Railway (included) and Preston Fishergate Hill terminus. Refreshments available at West Lancashire Light Railway.

This event is being organised by the Friends of the 502 Group, who own the surviving example of 1938 Electric Stock which ran along part of the route to Crossens until 6th September 1964, with Merseyside Transport Trust, West Lancashire Light Railway Trust and Ormskirk, Preston & Southport Travellers Association.

Places may be reserved by application in advance to

Treasurer-502 Group at 73 Sefton Street, Southport, PR8 6SH

or at

Numbers are limited. Some places may be available on 7th September.

As all the organisers are voluntary bodies our costs will be covered by a suggested donation of £12 per head which will be taken on the day.

Enquiries to Tony Kuivala, Treasurer-502 Group on 07885 435542 or at

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