Welcome to The (temporary!) Windmill Farm Railway Website. The line was set up 1997 by Austin Moss as a place to store and operate the historic engines and rolling stock he had collected. Since then the line has grown to a length of ½ mile, running from 'Windmill Farm' station to Lakeview, where a picnic site and lake have been created. This is due to be extended this year to include a balloon loop around the lake.
The railway operates on weekends from February half term until Christmas, and daily during school holidays and the summer. Trains run every 30mins* between 11.00 and 16.30. (*Trains may be cancelled at any time. Please contact us first if travelling long distances)
It is operated by Austin along with a small team of volunteers. If you are interested in joining us, please get in touch!

The locomotives and rolling stock operating the line are all privately owned, either by Austin or the volunteers, and have been have been collected and restored from around the country, and the oldest examples date from the early 1900's.
Of particular importance is the collection of ex-Fairbourne Railway locos and rolling stock which Austin has collected over the years. These include the steam loco
Katie (GSLE 1954) and internal combustion locomotives Whippet Quick (Lister 1935) and Gwril (Lister 1943). Siān (GSLE 1963), sister to Katie and owned by the Siān Project Group, is also in use on the line. Other locomotives in use include two 4-6-2DE Barlow locomotives Duke of Edinburgh (1950) & Princess Anne (1948), originally built for use in Southport, also from Southport are 4-6-0DH City of London (Jubilee Volante 1987) and No 14 4wPM (G Walker). Two Severn lamb Hydraulic locomotives originally built for use at Cleethorpes, Konigswinter and the Rio Grande are also in use. Also under restoration is 2-2w-4BE railcar No 1 from Blaise Castle. The steam engines also include 4-4-2 Red Dragon, built by G Walker and Austin Moss in 1990 and containing several original Bassett Lowke class 10 components, and 2-6-2T St Christopher, built in 2001 by the Exmoor Steam Railway for Quentin Jones, a volunteer on the line.
Coaches and wagons include examples from Fairbourne, Romney, Bressingham, Liverpool Garden Festival and Dudley Zoo. For more details, please contact us.

The Farm is located Next to Martin Mere Wildfowl Centre, off the A59 at Burscough, and within easy access of the M6 / M65. Simply follow the brown signs to Martin Mere, and you will reach us or the Mere first! If you wish to use www.streetmap.co.uk or similar, the Postcode is L40 1UQ

To contact us:

Phone The Railway: 07971 221343
Phone The Farm: 01704 892282
Email: info@windmillfarmrailway.org.uk