Leadhills Railway logoLeadhills and Wanlockhead Railway

Welcome to Leadhills and Wanlockhead Railway
Heritage Railway Association - Award Winners 2016

Leadhills is the home for Britain's highest narrow gauge adhesion railway, reaching 1,498 feet above sea level. Operated and managed by a team of dedicated enthusiasts, all of whom are volunteers, the railway welcomes visitors every weekend during the summer months. We also run special events outwith these times and hope that families enjoy our Easter, Halloween, Santa and Steam Weekends. On Saturdays and Sundays, the trains run frequently, with journey time taking 25 minutes. The journey takes you from the station at Leadhills to the terminus at Glengonnar halt before returning back to the station. The train runs past the disused Glengonnar Mine, where minerals were first excavated in the 1450's. The narrow gauge track has been built on the original track bed of the Caledonian Railway and today runs a variety of historic industrial diesel locomotives. Visitors are invited to explore the signal box and railway shed, view the trains and wander around our small shop and museum.


Every three months John Lewis in Edinburgh chooses three local charities to get a share of £3000. John Lewis have four different themes in the Community Matters, old age, children, medical,heritage. Leadhills and Wanlockhead Railway managed to make it into the Heritage section. There is usually a short list of 8 charities of which three are chosen by the Partners at John Lewis by voting online.

These three are then put out at the Place to eat and the customers vote for their favorite using green tokens they get when the purchase food. So in our event we came third, just behind the other charity, the split was £1600, £750, £650. This was the in branch voting, Edinburgh Community Matters charities chosen 24 September community poll. By Gary Lee, Local Editor, JL Edinburgh.

Edinburgh Partners have chosen the next three charities to be represented in the Community Matters green token scheme. The winners are Leadhills and Wanlockhead Railway (20.1 per cent), Music in Hospitals (18.8 per cent) and the Grassmarket Community Project (15.4 per cent).

'Thank you to everyone who voted,' says Community Liaison Co-ordinator Judith Hunter. 'I’m really pleased that some of the shortlisted charities were nominated by Partners and welcome any suggestions for causes that Partners would like the branch to support.' 389 votes were cast via a Partner intranet poll and a voting box in the Partners’ Dining Room.

Each quarter, three local charities are given a share of a £3000 fund from the branch. The share of the total given to each charity is decided by customers in the Place to Eat. At the end of the quarter, the money is divided up between the charities based on the number of tokens in each bank.

Pictured above are Terry and David receiving the cheque from Judith Hunter, community liaison coordinator for John Lewis. This money is being used to reprint another supply of leaflets for distribution throughout the coming season.