Cleethorpes Coast Light Railway
|Cleethorpes Coast Light Railway|
|Dates of operation||1948–|
|Track gauge||15 in (381 mm)|
|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/buck beck.
The line was built in 1948 to a slightly smaller 14.5 inches (370 mm) gauge, as a tourist attraction by Cleethorpes Borough Council, who also operated it from 1959 to 1990. The line is presently owned by Chris Shaw, own has the railway up for sale at a price of £665,000.
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).
The railway used to be operated by a pair of Severn lamb locomotives. In the 1960s, the line used diesel trains, 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, some of which is housed in the old Sutton Miniature Railway locomotive shed, including Bassett-Lowke Class 10 Little Giant 'Mighty Atom'. On guest weekends, visiting engines from other 15 in (381 mm) lines make an appearance.
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.
2013 marks 65 years of the CCLR and its operations (serving the area and tourism since 1948).
- 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.
All operations on the railway are under control of Adam Cowood (since March 2012) who is the Operations Manager. There are four official colour-coded timetables:
- Blue: 50 Minute Timetable; 1 train.
- Orange: 50 Minute Timetable until 12:30 where it becomes a Green Service; 1 train until 12:30 then 2 trains
- Green: 30 Minute Timetable; 2 trains.
- Red: 15 Minute Timetable; 4 trains.
The common timetable is the Blue Service, especially during mid-week and off peak seasons while the Orange timetable is during weekends. The Green Service is only when there are two trains ready before 10am or special events where as the Red Service is during special events and certain days (subject to locomotives and train crew).
The first train will always depart Lakeside Station at 10:00 am everyday unless on gala days where a special timetable is produced.
The railway is operated by a fleet of seven steam locomotives and five diesel locomotives. Passenger rolling stock consists of nineteen fully enclosed bogie carriages, one articulated set and four open top carriages. Some trains might be able to hold wheelchairs and pushchairs unfolded.
|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||Serviceable (10-year overhaul due end of June)||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 1909||15 in (381 mm)||On Display awaiting restoration|
|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||Out of service, 10-year rebuild||R. Loxley|
|Effie||0-4-0 Well Tank||Great Northern Steam||CCLR 2006||15in||Heywood Green||Repairs underway||Private Owner|
|Yvette||111||4-4-0 Tender||Craven's 1946||CCLR 2006||15 in (381 mm)||LNER Apple Green||Workshop (On hold due to other projects)||Based on an LNER Class D49|
|Crompton||4-4-2 Tender||Curwen 1951||18 in (457 mm)||Long term restoration (On hold)|
|Mountaineer||0-4-0 Tender||W.van der Heiden 1972||CCLR 2006 & 2012||15 in (381 mm)||BMR Maroon||In Service||C Shaw|
|O4 Class||6284||2-8-0 Tender||Crome/Loxley 2009||15 in (381 mm)||LNER Freight Black||In Service||R Crome & R Loxley|
|Name||No||Built||Rebuild/ Maint||Wheels||Fuel/ Trans||Gauge||Status||Colour||Owner|
|Ted||7||Lister 1944||CCLR||0-4-0||Diesel-Mechanical||15 in (381 mm)||Under Rebuild||Brown|
|The Cub/John||Minirail 1954||CCLR 1993 & CCLR 2009||0-4-0 Bo||Diesel-Hydraulic||15 in (381 mm)||Stored||Grey undercoat||S. Smith|
|Battison||5||Battison 1958||CCLR 2004 & CCLR 2011 & CCLR 2013||2-6-4DE||Diesel-Electric||15 in (381 mm)||Out of Service||LNER Black||CCLR|
|Dudley||SMR 4||G & S Light Engineering 1946||CCLR 2003||Bo-Bo||4* Petrol-Mechanical||15 in (381 mm)||On Display||Grey & Red||CCLRSA|
|DA1||6||Bush Mill Railway 1986||CCLR 2013||0-4-0||Diesel-Mechanical||15 in (381 mm)||In Service||Royal Blue with white linings|
|KD1||Unknown||Articulated||Diesel Electric||15 in (381 mm)||Long term restoration, Stored||Ran in a red livery previously||S. Smith/C. Shaw|
|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.||In Service|
|3||Enclosed||1930||12||Royal Maroon with coloured linings||Built for the Sutton Miniature Railway, arrived at Cleethorpes in 2002.||In Service|
|4||Enclosed||1952||12||Royal Maroon with coloured linings||Built for the Sutton Miniature Railway, arrived at Cleethorpes in 2002.||In Service|
|5||Enclosed||1952||12||Royal Maroon with coloured linings||Built for the Sutton Miniature Railway, arrived at Cleethorpes in 2002.||In Service|
|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.||In Service|
|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.||In Service|
|103||Enclosed||1977||16||Crimson and Cream||Built for the Longleat railway, sold to Cleethorpes in 1990.||In Service|
|1||Enclosed||1984||20||Royal Maroon with black frames||Built for the Liverpool Garden Festival.||Out of 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|
|1||Enclosed||16||BMR Brown||Built for the Bushmill Miniature railway.||Out of Service|
|2||Enclosed||16||BMR Brown||Built for the Bushmill Miniature railway.||Out of Service|
|3||Enclosed||16||BMR Brown||Built for the Bushmill Miniature railway.||Out of Service|
|4||Enclosed||16||BMR Brown||Built for the Bushmill Miniature railway.||Out of Service|
|5||Guard's Van||12||Red with black frames and green lining||Built for the Bushmill Miniature railway.||In Service|
|N/A||Council Rake||1987||102 + 2 wheelchair users||Royal Maroon with black frames & yellow lining||Built by Allen 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|
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