Cleethorpes Coast Light Railway
|Cleethorpes Coast Light Railway|
|Dates of operation||1948–|
|Track gauge||15 in (381 mm)|
|Length||2 miles (3.2 km)|
|Cleethorpes Coast Light Railway|
The Cleethorpes Coast Light Railway is a 15 in (381 mm) railway built in 1948 in Cleethorpes, North East Lincolnshire operating between Cleethorpes Leisure Centre and behind Pleasure Island Family Theme Park and the Buck Beck estuary.
Trains run from Kingsway station, which is next to the Leisure Centre, over a 40 yards (37 m) viaduct and along the sea wall, turning west to run past the shed and museum at Lakeside station. Over the 2006/7 winter off-season, the Line was extended a further 900 yards (823 m) south-east to a new station at North Sea Lane, close to the Meridian Line car park, Pleasure Island Family Theme Park and the Buck Beck estuary. This brought the total current running length to 2 miles (3.2 km).
In the 1960s, the line used battery locomotives. On being regauged in the 1970s, two Rio Grande steam outline locomotives built by Severn Lamb were used. Since being taken into private ownership, a variety of steam and diesel locomotives have been used, followed by petrol-driven engines with a steam outline, though genuine steam locomotives are now in operation. A National Lottery grant enabled the railway to acquire stock from the long-dismantled Sutton Miniature Railway in Sutton Park, Sutton Coldfield, all of which is currently housed in the old Sutton Miniature Railway locomotive shed, including Bassett-Lowke Class 10 Little Giant 'Mighty Atom'.
The railway also held the Olympic Torch on Day 39 of the 2012 Olympic Torch relay with BMR locomotive 'Mountaineer' hauling the Alan Keef 'Council Rake' carriages, taking it from Kingsway station to Lakeside station.
In May 2014, the railway was sold to Cleethorpes Light Railway Limited. 
- Cleethorpes Kingsway: Original station dismantled in 1998 and the current station built and opened in 1999 with a viaduct over the boating lake on way into the station, inside the building is a gift & model shop.
- Discovery Halt: Closed, only open for request stops.
- Lakeside Central: The main terminus with engine sheds, workshop, paint shop, carriage shed and a passing loop and on the platforms are signal boxes, a tearoom, a cafe, a general office, a museum and the 'Smallest Pub in the World'.
- Humberston North Sea Lane: Opened in 2007, features a signal box, a gift shop and a refreshment stand. Building only open during the Summer running days.
There are three official colour-coded timetables:
- Blue: 50 Minute Timetable; 1 train.
- Green: 30 Minute Timetable; 2 trains.
- Red: 15 Minute Timetable; 4 trains.
The common timetable is the Blue Service used during mid-week and off peak seasons while the Green timetable is used on weekends and bank holidays. The Red timetable is occasionally for Gala days and some Special Events.
The railway is operated by a fleet of seven steam locomotives and six diesel locomotives. Passenger rolling stock consists of nineteen fully enclosed bogie carriages, one articulated set and four open top carriages.
|Name||No||Wheel Arrangement||Tractive + Cyl Size||Main Dimensions||Built||Rebuild + Maint||Gauge||Colour||Status||Owned By|
|Sutton Belle||1||4-4-2 Tender||4.25 x 6.75||16'8 x 3'6 x 2'6.5||Cannon Ironfoundries 1933||Griffin Foundry 1953 & CCLR 2003||15 in (381 mm)||Royal Maroon||Out of Service||CCLRSA|
|Sutton Flyer||2||4-4-2 Tender||4.25 x 6.75||17' x 3'6 x 2'6.5||Griffin Foundry 1950||CCLR 2003 +2006||15 in (381 mm)||Royal Blue||On Display (Out of service)||CCLRSA|
|Mighty Atom/Prince of Wales||11||4-4-2 Tender||Bassett-Lowke 1908||15 in (381 mm)||On Display awaiting restoration||CLR Ltd|
|SRRL 24||24||2-6-2 Tender||3000 lb 5.94 x 8||23 ft x 6 ft x 4 ft 3 in||Fairbourne 1990||15 in (381 mm)||Black||In Service||R. Loxley|
|Effie||0-4-0 Well Tank||Great Northern Steam||CCLR 2006||15in||Heywood Green||Stored||Private Owner|
|Yvette||111||4-4-0 Tender||3 13/16 x 6 508 lbs||Craven's 1946||CCLR 2006||15 in (381 mm)||LNER Apple Green||Workshop||T. Brackenbury|
|O4 Class||6284||2-8-0 Tender||Crome/Loxley 2009||15 in (381 mm)||LNER Freight Black||In Service||R Crome & R Loxley|
|Ted||7||Lister 1944||0-4-0||Diesel-Mechanical||15 in (381 mm)||Workshop||Brunswick Green||CLR Ltd|
|Battison||5||Battison 1958||2-6-4DE||Diesel-Electric||15 in (381 mm)||Workshop||LNER Black||CLR Ltd|
|Dudley||SMR 4||G & S Light Engineering 1946||Bo-Bo||4* Petrol-Mechanical||15 in (381 mm)||On Display||Grey & Red||CCLRSA|
|DA1||6||Bush Mill Railway 1986||0-4-0||Diesel-Mechanical||15 in (381 mm)||In Service||Royal Blue with white linings||CLR Ltd|
|Bluebell||278||Severn Lamb 1979||2-8-0||Diesel Hydraulic||15 in (381 mm)||In Service||Royal Blue||CLR Ltd|
|1||Enclosed Observation||1930||14||Royal Maroon with coloured linings||Was built as a drive trailer for a 2-car railcar. As the engine was an Aston Martin, it was fitted with an Aston Martin logo, which it still carries today. Was converted into an ordinary coach****. It arrived at Cleethorpes in 2002.||Stored|
|2||Enclosed||1930||12||Royal Maroon with coloured linings||Built for the Sutton Miniature Railway, arrived at Cleethorpes in 2002.||Stored|
|3||Enclosed||1930||12||Royal Maroon with coloured linings||Built for the Sutton Miniature Railway, arrived at Cleethorpes in 2002.||Stored|
|4||Enclosed||1952||12||Royal Maroon with coloured linings||Built for the Sutton Miniature Railway, arrived at Cleethorpes in 2002.||Stored|
|5||Enclosed||1952||12||Royal Maroon with coloured linings||Built for the Sutton Miniature Railway, arrived at Cleethorpes in 2002.||Stored|
|6||Enclosed Observation||1952||14||Royal Maroon with coloured linings||Built originally the same as no. 2-5. Rebuilt with observation in 1956. Built for the Sutton Miniature Railway, arrived at Cleethorpes in 2002.||Stored|
|7||Open||1952||14||Red & Brown seats with black floorboards and frames||Built for the Sutton Miniature Railway, arrived at Cleethorpes in 2002.||Stored|
|8||Open||1954||14||Red & Brown seats with black floorboards and frames||Built for the Sutton Miniature Railway, arrived at Cleethorpes in 2002.||Stored|
|9||Open||1956||14||Red & Brown seats with black floorboards and frames||Built for the Sutton Miniature Railway, arrived at Cleethorpes in 2002.||Stored|
|10||Open||1956||14||Red & Brown seats with black floorboards and frames||Built for the Sutton Miniature Railway, arrived at Cleethorpes in 2002.||Stored|
|100||Guard's Van||1977||12||Crimson and Cream||Built for the Longleat railway, sold to Cleethorpes in 1990.||In Service|
|101||Enclosed||1977||16||Crimson and Cream||Built for the Longleat railway, sold to Cleethorpes in 1990.||In Service|
|102||Enclosed||1977||16||Crimson and Cream||Built for the Longleat railway, sold to Cleethorpes in 1990.||Stored|
|103||Enclosed||1977||16||Crimson and Cream||Built for the Longleat railway, sold to Cleethorpes in 1990.||Stored|
|1||Enclosed||1984||20||Royal Maroon with black frames||Built for the Liverpool Garden Festival.||In Service|
|2||Enclosed||1984||20||Royal Maroon with black frames||Built for the Liverpool Garden Festival.||In Service|
|3||Enclosed||1984||20||Royal Maroon with black frames||Built for the Liverpool Garden Festival.||In Service|
|4||Enclosed||1984||20||Royal Maroon with black frames||Built for the Liverpool Garden Festival.||Out of Service|
|N/A||Council Rake||1987||102 + 2 wheelchair users||Royal Maroon with black frames & yellow lining||Built by Alan Keef for the North East Lincolnshire Council, only stock to have disabled access & held the Olympic Torch on 'The Flame Train' on Day 39.||Stored|
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Cleethorpes Coast Light Railway.|