Making Tracks For Louth


Making Tracks For Louth


Extending The Line

Our long-term objective

The restoration of the Grimsby to Louth railway was the long-term objective of the preservation group which was formed when the line was closed by British Rail in 1980.

Ludborough station became the group’s base and then the long haul began to rebuild this historic line as a heritage railway. Since then much progress has been made, and in 2009 a milestone was reached when steam trains started running to North Thoresby.

Where do we go from here?

The plan now is to extend the line in stages, as funds become available, southwards towards Louth. The LWR owns the trackbed as far as the industrial estate on the outskirts of Louth – a distance of 5 miles.

Our first target is to reach Pear Tree Lane, which is close to the site of the former Utterby Halt station. The picture below shows the site in 1982, not long after closure. Our volunteers have already started work on this three-quarter-mile section: the trackbed has been cleared and levelled, drainage has been installed, and a fence has been erected across the southern perimeter of the site. Vital works were also carried out south of Ludborough station between December 2018 and March 2019 during the period when trains aren’t running to relay the existing track and upgrade it to passenger-carrying standards. 

In May 2019 our fundraising appeal topped the £50,000 mark. This enabled us to purchase 30 lengths of rail and another 300 sleepers at a cost of £25,000. Thanks to everyone’s generosity, we will have enough materials to reach the half way mark. Two wagon-loads of sleepers have already been moved on site and a hard standing area is being built at the Pear Tree Lane end for storing materials.

In early July 2019 three lorry-loads of concrete sleepers were delivered to Pear Tree Lane. In all, 264 sleepers, each weighing 290 kilos, were unloaded at the site. This was followed by the arrival of the 60ft lengths of rail, each weighing around a tonne.

The next step

The next requirement will be ballast, which costs £40 a ton and we will need 1,350 tons in total to reach Pear Tree Lane. We’ve made enormous progress over the past few months but we now need to raise more money to start buying the ballast, so if you can help us reach our goal by making a donation we’d be extremely grateful!

Watch this space for future developments…

Building a quarter mile of track requires

  • 44 lengths of rail
  • 4 rolls of membrane
  • 800 metres of drainage pipe
  • 30 tons of gravel
  • 44 pairs of fishplates
  • 450 tons of ballast
  • 528 sleepers
  • 176 fishplate bolts
  • 1,056 steel keys

How you can help

It costs nearly £280,000 to lay a mile of track so you can see the scale of the challenge. We need to raise funds to purchase materials such as ballast, rails and sleepers before we can progress.

Any donation, no matter how large or small, will be gratefully received.

£600 buys 1 length of rail

£308 buys 1 roll of membrane

£150 buys 50 metres of drainage pipe

£60 buys 1 ton of gravel

£50 buys 1 pair of fishplates

£30 buys 1 sleeper

£5 buys 1 fishplate bolt

£1 buys 1 steel key

To make a one-off contribution simply click on the button below showing the amount you wish to donate.

Want to donate a different amount or make regular payments to help us get there?  Just click the button below

You can also give practical help as a volunteer – please ask at the station or call 01507 363881 for more information.

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