‘The Phoenix Railway’ celebrates 10 years at Skegness leisure park

THE Lincolnshire Coast Light Railway (LCLR) marked 10 years of operating at Skegness Water Leisure Park on July 13. 

LCLR ran at Humberston, near Cleethorpes, between 1960-1985, with the equipment relocated to Skegness in 1992 following a period of storage.

Volunteers and supporters who then rebuilt the railway at Skegness Water Leisure Park and have operated it for a decade were praised at a ceremony attended by the Mayor of Skegness, Coun Mark Dannatt, guests and supporters from all over Britain. 

These included volunteers from the earliest days of the railway, three of whom filled operating roles on the celebration day. 

Peckett 0-6-0ST Jurassic, with appropriate headboard for the July 13 celebrations of the Lincolnshire Coast Light Railway, pictured returning to Walls Lane station from South Loop. The train includes ex-Ashover Railway carriage No. 2. The Skegness-based railway has begun restoration of ex-Ashover carriage No. 1. This is a substantial task, which includes replacement of a main beam in the underframe. DAVE ENEFER/LCLR

The mayor fed an iced wooden ‘cake’ with 10 candles into the firebox of Jurassic.

Thoughts are turning to celebrations in 2020 of the 60th anniversary of the line opening at Humberston; the centenary of the opening of the Nocton Estates Railway, near Sleaford, from which much of LCLR’s equipment is derived; and commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the East Lincolnshire Main Line closing.

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