Making tracks for Louth at the heritage railway

LWR Permanent Way Manager Phil Dean working on the new track south of Ludborough station.
LWR Permanent Way Manager Phil Dean working on the new track south of Ludborough station.

A local steam railway is encouraging visitors to give their support on Sunday (April 7), when all income will go towards its ambitious expansion plan to extend the railway line.

The Lincolnshire Wolds Railway’s long-term goal is to rebuild its line to Louth, which lost its passenger services when the Grimsby to Boston line closed back in 1970.

Lincolnshire Wolds Railway’s spokesman Phil Eldridge said: “That was a sad day for the town and we want to bring back to life part of the railway route that was destroyed all those years ago”.

Work is now in progress with track laying on the 0.75 mile section to Pear Tree Lane.

Between January and March, the Lincolnshire Wolds Railway has also been busy relaying some of the existing track south of Ludborough station to bring it up to passenger-carrying standards.

“The scale of the challenge is enormous”, said Phil.

“This first phase alone is going to cost nearly £200,000, so we are appealing to people to come along on Sunday April 7 for a ride on our steam train and help us raise funds to buy more ballast, rail and sleepers to keep the project moving forward.”

Trains will be running hourly from 10.45am to 3.45pm. All-day rover tickets are £8 for adults, £6 for seniors, £4 for children, and a family ticket is £20.

For further information about the Lincolnshire Wolds Railway and its expansion plans, visit www.lincolnshirewoldsrailway.co.uk or call 01507 363881.