The Lincolnshire Coast Light Railway has announced that free tickets are up for grabs this July.
You are eligible for free travel if you, or your children, or grandchildren, were born on Sunday 3rd May 2009 or have a ticket from this date, the day the narrow gauge railway reopened in Skegness Water Leisure Park.
You are also eligible if you have one of the sought after tickets from the original line which opened in August 1960.
If you do, then you can travel free of charge when the Lincolnshire Coast Light Railway holds its Tenth Anniversary Gala on Saturday 13th July 2019.
For those paying their £1 fare, special 10th Anniversary tickets have been produced – likely to be in great demand by collectors.
Children will need to bring some proof they were born on Sunday 3rd May 2009 and to be accompanied by a responsible adult. Holders of tickets from that day or from the original Humberston line will need to show the ticket.
The line’s steam locomotive, Jurassic, will be in action over the weekend.
Trains will normally run from 11.00 – 15.45 on the dates shown below, subject to the terms and conditions of the Lincolnshire Coast Light Railway Co. Ltd.
What did the officials say?
At the time, the Chairman of the LCLR’s Historic Vehicles Trust, Richard Shepherd, said:
“The original LCLR was a wonderfully quirky, eccentric little railway which had a unique character loved by many. After closure in 1985, none of us dared believe that one day we could operate it again. Now, thanks the dedication of all those who have worked so hard for its revival, the Lincolnshire Coast Light Railway will run again”.
The Railway’s spokesman, John Chappell, said:
“It is extraordinary what has been achieved since May 2009. Who would have thought that we would welcome a member of the Royal Family to the railway? Who would have dared to think that Jurassic would steam again with the help of a Lottery grant or that the rusting remains of one of the old wartime wagons from 1917 – the only survivor from those built in Lincoln by Clayton & Shuttleworth — would be transformed into a disabled access carriage?
“The whole railway has been rebuilt and extended and its historical significance is now widely appreciated – and at just £1 for a return journey, it means families can enjoy the thrill of a ride on a true heritage railway”.
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