Poulton and Wyre Railway Society

Poulton and Wyre Railway Society
Poulton and Wyre Railway Society (PWRS) aims to reopen the old disused rail line that runs from Poulton to Fleetwood.

The group has been working on the line and its infrastructure since 2006 under a clearance and maintenance licence from Network Rail. The society have just established an operating company to eventually run the line when we are granted a lease. We are also applying to become a registered charity.

We have support from Lancashire County council (unfortunately not financial due to the current situation, as with all councils). We are also helped by Wyre Council with transport and the loan of equipment (when not in use by them). Fleetwood Town Council are also helping us whenever they can. We are sponsored by NPL Estates who have allowed us to use a plot of land as a base next to the line at Burn Naze.

Current Work in Progress with Poulton and Wyre Railway Society

The Society are currently having a Class 108 DMU restored in Derbyshire.

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A Fowler diesel hunter is almost fully restored by our volunteers working at Burn Naze.

PWRS has just purchased a motorised Geismar maintenance trolley for transporting workers and their equipment up and down the line. This will be restored at Burn Naze and then added to our growing rolling stock collection.

Would you like to help?

Poulton and Wyre Railway Society has a good membership, and many of the members enjoy volunteering with many of the tasks we are engaged in. As with most groups such as ours we never seem to have enough workers for the many tasks we need to accomplish before we can begin the next stage. Would you be interested in joining us?

Previous updates from Poulton and Wyre Railway Society

The crossing gates, roadside fencing and lineside fencing are to be repaired and replaced where necessary to support our ‘keep the railway tidy’ campaign in Thornton.

Fencing at Thornton Station, replaced by Poulton and Wyre Railway Society
Fencing at Thornton Station, replaced by Poulton and Wyre Railway Society

Unfortunately the area north of the crossing has become an unofficial rubbish dump and Network Rail are kindly supplying skips to help with the removal of the large amounts of waste that has accumulated over the past twelve years.

The line from Hillylaid Road as far as the former Burn Naze station is now operational once more and is being used by Alan Hargreaves Plant to test Network Rail track machines and our work at the crossing will help to keep the track clear.

We are in the process of negotiating an extension of our clearance licence to cover the whole railway from Poulton station to the end of the current line behind the Cala Gran caravan park. This will allow us access to the platforms at Burn Naze station which are covered in rubbish and brambles.

If you are interested in helping us at either Hillylaid or Burn Naze station then please contact us for more information. We can teach you basic joinery skills and show you how to make/repair wooden fences and gates. You will also learn about railway operations, why it is still here and what our plans are for the future.

You’ll also make new friends, enjoy some exercise in the great outdoors, and come away with a great sense of achievement, knowing that you have achieved something very worthwhile. Give it a go!

More about Poulton & Wyre Railway Society on the Visit Poulton website.

If you want more details, or would like to come along to help, email Peter Banks, the Membership Secretary membershipsecretary@pwrs.org

There’s much more about Poulton & Wyre Railway Society at www.pwrs.org

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