Cleethorpes Coast Light Railway

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Cleethorpes Coast Light Railway
Locale Lincolnshire, England
Dates of operation 1948–
Track gauge 15 in (381 mm)
Length 2 miles (3.2 km)
Headquarters Cleethorpes
Cleethorpes Coast Light Railway
Cleethorpes Coast Light Railway
Kingsway Station
viaduct over boating lake
Discovery Station (request only)
Engineering Shed
Lakeside Central
Humberston North Sea Lane

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.

History[edit]

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.[1]

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. [2]

Stations[edit]

  • 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.

Operations[edit]

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.

Steam locomotives[edit]

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 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 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
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

Diesel Locomotives[edit]

Name No Built Wheels Fuel/ Trans Gauge Status Colour Owner
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

Rolling Stock[edit]

Number Type Built Seats Livery Notes Status
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
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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Coordinates: 53°32′47″N 0°00′51″W / 53.54649°N 0.01425°W / 53.54649; -0.01425 (Cleethorpes Light railway, Lakeside)