Cleethorpes has been the home of a range of historic and well known 15 inch gauge locomotives, and below are the details of locomotives you are most likely to find in service on a visit to the railway
Built originally as a 12 ¼” gauge locomotive for the Fairbourne Railway in North Wales, No.24 is a replica of the USA equivalent.
After initial trials in Wales, No.24 was sold to the then newly formed Bure Valley Railway and Kirklees Light Railway, before coming a permanent resident at Cleethorpes Coast Light Railway in 1997.
The main workhorse of our fleet, she is capable of pulling the heaviest of our trains and has a very distinctive whistle – on a clear day, it can be heard for miles.
Bonnie Dundee began life at Dundee Gas Commissioners in Scotland, built to 2 foot gauge and used for freight haulage over a fourty year period.
The late Ian Fraser of Arbroath purchased her for preservation, and she was transferred to the Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway in 1976 where restoration began. As part of this process, she was regauged to 15 inch gauge and side tanks were added.
In 1996, the locomotive was rebuilt in its current tender form, and on long term loan from Ravenglass, she is currently under overhaul.
This replica locomotive is based on the first built by renowned miniature railway figure Sir Arthur Heywood. At 7 foot long and with a footplate just about big enough for a driver, the original Effie built in 1875, ran for over 3000 miles in its first six years of service.
This replica was built using only photos to base its construction on and since completion, Effie has visited railways including the Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway and the Eaton Hall Railway. More recently a tender has been built designed around a Heywood wagon.
6284 is based on the LNER 04 class 2-8-0 and was started by Terry Turner, ending up as a kit of parts at the Bure Valley Railway.
Purchased by CCLR volunteers Ray Crome and Roger Loxley, she was completed and delivered new to Cleethorpes in May 2009.
Built by Trevor Guest in 1960, she was originally intended to run on the 10.25″ gauge Shillingstone Light Railway.
She eventually ended up at the Fairbourne Railway, used predominantly as a shunting locomotive, performing the important duty of moving the catering kiosk to and from the terminus station every day. When Fairbourne was regauged in 1984, she moved to the Haigh Hall Railway where she was used for a few years before being reserved for back up duties.
Purchased by Windmill Farm Railway in 2018, she was rebuilt and was purchased for use in Cleethorpes a year later.
CCLR is also home to a number of locomotives that are under restoration or are not used as regularly. These include:
- DA1 – Four wheeled diesel shunter built by the Bush Mills Railway
- Lister – Diesel shunter built by Dursley
- Yvette – 4-4-0 built by E.Craven and Tom Tate
- Ceawlin – Steam Outline diesel hydraulic locomotive on loan from Longleat.
- Flower of the Forest – Vertical boiler tank tram.