Astley Green line aims for summer public opening

RED Rose Steam Society volunteers hope to offer passenger rides on the railway at Lancashire Mining Museum (former Astley Green Colliery) by mid-summer.

Some 400metres of track has been relaid and a small passenger platform constructed.

The trio of ex-colliery locos operated during the Lancashire Steam Heritage Festival at Lancashire Mining Museum (Astley Green Colliery). Left to right are Hunslet 8975/1978 Newton, Hunslet No. 3 and Ruston & Hornsby 497547/1963 Point of Ayr. All three are on loan from Leeds Industrial Museum. JAMES HAMILTON

A further 400m of track will also be relaid and ballasted.

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Three locos were in action providing shunting demonstrations during a May 19-20 Lancashire Steam Heritage Festival event at the colliery, when 26 ex-mining industry locos, many stored and not apparently in working condition, were noted at the site.

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