MINI SideTracked - Cleethorpes Coast.
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About Cleethorpes Coast Light Railway Station
About 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 the Buck Beck estuary.
The line was built in 1948 to a slightly smaller 14.5 inches (370 mm) gauge, as a tourist attraction by the local council, who also operated it from 1959 to 1990.
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 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 Minature Railway in 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.
This is a beautiful and popular little railway.
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