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Steam Railways in Preservation in the 1980s-90s From May 14, 1993, No.47 Moorbarrow

Steam Railways in Preservation in the 1980s-90s

From May 14, 1993

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The  LWR is situated in a beautiful part of the Lincolnshire countryside between the Wolds and the coast, and is only a short distance from Grimsby, the seaside resort of Cleethorpes and the historic market town of Louth.

The railway operates on a stretch of line that was part of the Great Northern route from Boston to Grimsby.   

After the last section of line was closed by BR in 1980, a preservation society was formed with the aim of restoring it. Heritage steam trains once again run between Ludborough and North Thoresby and work is now in progress to extend the line southwards towards Louth.

What visitors to the railway see today is a result of all the time and effort that a small, but dedicated band of volunteers have put in over many years.


River News – 10 days of great walking In a unique and distinct landscape Saturday 8th to Monday 17th September 2012

 10 days of great walking In a unique and distinct landscape Saturday 8th to Monday 17th September 2012

Welcome to the Trent Vale Walking Festival. This is the first one (that we know of) to span 3 districts, 2 counties and a river. We are very excited to be able to offer you over 30 individual walks throughout the Trent Vale area. They range from Health walks to Heritage walks to Wildlife Walks to Riverside Walks. This is a great opportunity to see Trent Vale at its best in Autumn, find out more about our fascinating history, learn to ID birds and fungi, make new friends and get a breath of fresh

Where is Trent Vale? The Trent Vale area follows the course of the River Trent from Farndon near Newark in the south to East and West Stockwith (north of Gainsborough) in the north. The area covers 388 square kilometres in Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire.

For full details of the walks go to the ‘Events’ section  on the website:


Contact Details: Hester Kapur c/o Canal and River Trust The Kiln Mather Road Newark Nottinghamshire. NG24 1FB Tel: (01636) 675722 Mob: 0798 0203835

With grateful thanks to all of the following organisations:

•Barnbygate Strollers

•Canal and River Trust

•Collingham Ramblers

•Farndon Archaeological Research & Investigations

•Gainsborough Health Walks

•Groundwork Creswell, Ashfield to Mansfield

•Lincolnshire Country Council – Rights of Way

•Lincolnshire Ramblers

•Newark Air Museum

•Newark Civic Trust

•Newark Ramblers

•Newark and Sherwood District Council

•Nottinghamshire County Council – Community Archaeology

•Nottinghamshire Ramblers

•Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust

•Smiley Milers Walking Group

•Step2it Dukeries Walkers


The River Trent

Looking towards Gunthorpe Bridge from the river bank by the Unicorn Hotel.

 Gunthorpe Bridge is the only bridge over the River Trent between Newark and Nottingham. Old Gunthorpe toll bridge, LinkExternal link , was built on the site of a ford and ferry that had existed since Roman times. Built in 1875 by the Gunthorpe Bridge Company who raised £7,500 through a share issue, it was a largely iron structure crossing the Trent: see SK6843 : Remains of former Gunthorpe Toll Bridge and SK6843 : Remains of former Gunthorpe Toll Bridge. The tolls were horse and carriage 1/-, horse and wagon 6d, horse alone 3d, people and passengers 1d, motorcycles 3d, cars 1/- and lorries 2/6. In 1925 the Gunthorpe Bridge Act empowered the council to buy the owners out, demolish the bridge and replace it with the present one, seen here, a couple of hundred yards up stream. This believed to be the first toll bridge in the country to be replaced by a free one. © Copyright Kate Jewell and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

Miniature Railways – Cleethorpes Coast Light Railway

Miniature Railways

Cleethorpes Coast Light Railway  

Cleethorpes Coast Light Railway Station   © Copyright John Firth and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

Lincolnshire, England

Dates of operation 1948–

Track gauge 15 in (381 mm)

Headquarters Cleethorpes

Cleethorpes Coast Light Railway

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. It was originally built to a slightly smaller 14.5 inches (370 mm) gauge.Cleethorpes Coast Light Railway   © Copyright John Firth and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.


The line was built in 1948 as a tourist attraction by Cleethorpes Borough Council, who also operated it from 1959 to 1990.[1] The line is now owned by Chris Shaw.

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).Sutton Belle and Sutton Flyer seen at North Sea Lane  © C.Peake  miniaturerailwayworld.co.uk

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.Sutton Flyer arrives at North Sea Lane – Geoffspages