The W&LLR is affiliated with the Puffing Billy Preservation Society in Australia, the Alishan Forest Railway and Taiwan Sugar Corporation in Taiwan and the Sierra Leone National Railway Museum in Sierra Leone.
Puffing Billy Preservation Society
Our agreement with the Puffing Billy Preservation Society is one of the oldest such affiliations between heritage railways, dating back to 1962. The society was founded in 1955 to preserve the 2ft 6in gauge Puffing Billy railway near Melbourne and today supports the operation of the Railway by the Emerald Tourist Railway Board, its management, staff and volunteers. More information is available at https://puffingbilly.com.au
Alishan Forest Railway
The agreement with the Alishan Forest Railway was signed in September 2017 by our Chairman, Steve Clews, Lord Faulkner, President of the Heritage Railway Association, and Hwa-Ching Lin, Director General of the Taiwan Forestry Bureau.
The railway is famous for being the highest narrow- gauge line in Asia, with the steepest gradient and for its distinctive Shay locomotives.
More information can be found here.
Taiwan Sugar Corporation
Our agreement with the Taiwan Sugar Corporation (TSC) was signed in December 2018 at the annual Sugar Culture Festival in Taiwan, for which we loaned our locomotive no.8 ‘Dougal,’ to the delight of Taiwanese enthusiasts, as seen here.
The attached information, from the book “The Stories and Memories of Sugar Railway Culture, TSC” published by the Taiwan Sugar Corporation, gives more information about all TSC’s heritage railways. Please click here
Sierra Leone National Railway Museum
Our most recent agreement was signed with the Sierra Leone Ministry of Tourism & Cultural Affairs on behalf of the Sierra Leone National Railway Museum on 12th March 2020. This provides for mutual cooperation and knowledge sharing.
In acknowledgement of the twinning, plaques were exchanged between W&LLR chairman Steve Clews and Deputy Minister of Tourism & Cultural Affairs, Mr. William I K Robinson.
More information about the museum is at https://www.sierraleonerailwaymuseum.org