Cleethorpes Coast Light Railway
|Dates of operation||1948–|
|Track gauge||15 in (381 mm)|
|Previous gauge||14+1⁄4 in (362 mm)|
|Length||2,130 yards (1.95 km)|
The 15 in (381 mm) gauge Cleethorpes Coast Light Railway primarily serves holidaymakers in Cleethorpes, North East Lincolnshire, England. It operates from near the Cleethorpes Leisure Centre, running to the mouth of the Buck Beck.
The CCLR began as the Cleethorpes Miniature Railway in 1948, and ran for a distance of 300 yards (270 m) near the sea front in Cleethorpes. The line was relocated and extended the following year, and between 1949 and 1971 ran southwards for 760 yards (690 m) from Cleethorpes Town to Thrunscoe (near the current Discovery Halt). The line was extended at both ends in 1972: the northern terminus was relocated slightly closer to the town centre, while at its southern end it now ran as far as the Zoo.
It became the Cleethorpes Coast Light Railway when it was privatised in 1991, and the new company renamed the termini Kingsway and Witts End. Witts End (located at zoo, which by this time had closed to visitors) was abandoned in 1994, and a new southern terminus was built at Meridian (now Lakeside). A new extension from Lakeside to Humberston North Sea Lane was opened in 2007, lengthening the railway from 1,150 yards (1,050 m) to 2,130 yards (1,950 m).
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 railways supporter association to acquire stock from the long-dismantled Sutton Miniature Railway in Sutton Park, Sutton Coldfield, including Bassett-Lowke Class 10 Little Giant 'Mighty Atom.'
The railway held the Olympic Torch on Day 39 of the 2012 Olympic Torch relay with BMR locomotive 'Mountaineer' hauling the Alan Keef 'Council Rake' carriages from Kingsway station to Lakeside station.
Trains run from Cleethorpes Kingsway station, next to Cleethorpes Leisure Centre, over a 40 yards (37 m) viaduct and along the sea wall, turning SSW to run past the sheds to the intermediate main station named Lakeside. The track continues 900 yards (823 m) south-east to a station named Humberston, close to the Meridian Line car park, and the mouth of the Buck Beck.
- 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. Station building houses gift shop.
- Discovery Halt: No longer in use, but platform exists, accessed by means of footpath alongside.
- Lakeside: The main terminus with engine sheds and workshops, passing loop and on the platforms a cafe, mfunction space and the Signal Box Inn 'The Smallest Pub on the Planet'.
- Humberston: Opened in 2007, features a signal box.
There are three official colour-coded timetables:
- Blue (mid-week and off peak): 50 Minute Timetable; 1 train.
- Green (weekends and bank holidays): 30 Minute Timetable; 2 trains.
- Red (gala days and some special events): 15 Minute Timetable; 4 trains.
The railway has a fleet of nine steam locomotives and four internal combustion locomotives. Passenger rolling stock consists of ten fully enclosed bogie carriages, one articulated set and six open top carriages.
Locomotives which have worked on the railway but have since left are listed in Cleethorpes Coast Light Railway timeline.
|Name||No||Wheel Arrangement||Tractive + Cyl Size||Built||Status||Owned By|
|Sutton Belle||1||4-4-2+T||4.25 x 6.75||Cannon Ironfoundries 1933||Stored||CCLRSA|
|Sutton Flyer||2||4-4-2+T||4.25 x 6.75||Griffin Foundry 1950||Stored||CCLRSA|
|Mighty Atom/Prince of Wales||11||4-4-2+T||Bassett-Lowke 1908||Stored||CLR Ltd|
|SRRL 24||24||2-6-2+T||3000 lb 5.94 x 8||Fairbourne 1990||In Service||CLR Ltd|
|Effie||0-4-0WT||Great Northern Steam 1999||Under Restoration||CLR Ltd|
|O4 Class||6284||2-8-0+T||Crome/Loxley 2009||In Service||T. Brackenbury|
|Bonnie Dundee||11||0-4-2+T||Kerr Stuart KS720/1901||In Service||R&ER (loan)|
|Flower of the Forest||2w-2 VBT||R&ER 1985||Stored||R&ER (loan)|
Diesel and Petrol Locomotives
|7||0-4-0||Diesel-mechanical||Lister 1944||Under Restoration||CLR Ltd|
|Dudley||SMR 4||Bo-Bo||4* Petrol-mechanical||G & S Light Engineering 1946||Stored||CCLRSA|
|Rachel||15||0-6-0||Diesel-mechanical||G & S Light Engineering 1959||In Service||CLR Ltd|
|DA1||6||0-4-0||Diesel-mechanical||Bush Mill Railway 1986||In Service||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 Austin 7 engine, it was fitted with an Austin logo, which it still carries today. Was converted into an ordinary coach****. It arrived at Cleethorpes in 2002.|
|2||Enclosed||1930||12||Royal Maroon with coloured linings||Built for the Sutton Miniature Railway, arrived at Cleethorpes in 2002.|
|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.|
|7||Open||1952||14||Red & Brown seats with black floorboards and frames||Built for the Sutton Miniature Railway, arrived at Cleethorpes in 2002.|
|100||Guard's Van||1977||12||Crimson and Cream||Built by Severn Lamb for Longleat Railway, sold to Cleethorpes in 1990.|
|N/A||Council Rake||1987||102 + 2 wheelchair users||Royal Maroon with cream band||Articulated set built by Alan Keef for North East Lincolnshire Council.|
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|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Cleethorpes Coast Light Railway.|
- Cleethorpes Coast Light Railway Official Website
- The railway in Miniature Railway World
- The railway and its predecessors in Miniature Railway World Blog
- The railway in Geoffs Pages
- Images of the railway past and present in flickr
- Images of the railway from 2001 to the present in Dave's Rail Pics
- One-time resident loco Haigh Hall in Narrow Gauge Heaven