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East Lancashire Railway

Type: Steam Railway

Bolton Street Station
Bolton Street

Tel: 0161 764 7790

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East Lancashire Railway

The East Lancashire Railway is a mainly steam hauled service between Heywood, Bury, Ramsbottom and Rawtenstall. This popular steam railway offers a great day out for all of the family and hosts a wide variety of events and attractions to suit all ages and interests from railway enthusiasts to a couple looking for a romantic meal with a difference.

Break your journey at any of the stations to visit the characterful towns and villages of Lancashire, shop at the famous Bury market or sample Ramsbottom's selection of cafes and bars.

The railway's events include regular visits from Thomas the Tank EngineHalloween Ghost Trains and the incredibly popular Santa Specials which are a festive tradition for many in the area.

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Thursday, 23rd February 2017 - Thursday, 23rd February 2017

Thursday, 20th April 2017 - Thursday, 20th April 2017

Thursday, 10th August 2017 - Thursday, 10th August 2017

Thursday, 26th October 2017 - Thursday, 26th October 2017

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Friday, 24th February 2017 - Sunday, 26th February 2017

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Saturday, 4th March 2017 - Saturday, 4th March 2017

Saturday, 18th March 2017 - Saturday, 18th March 2017

Saturday, 6th May 2017 - Saturday, 6th May 2017

Saturday, 19th August 2017 - Saturday, 19th August 2017

Friday, 25th August 2017 - Friday, 25th August 2017

Saturday, 9th September 2017 - Saturday, 9th September 2017

Saturday, 14th October 2017 - Saturday, 14th October 2017

Guided Rail Ale Trail - Summerseat & Ramsbottom
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Saturday, 27th May 2017 - Monday, 29th May 2017

1940s Weekend at the East Lancashire Railway
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Friday, 8th September 2017 - Sunday, 10th September 2017

The Rossendale 60's Festival 2017
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Saturday, 25th November 2017 - Sunday, 26th November 2017

Saturday, 2nd December 2017 - Sunday, 3rd December 2017

Saturday, 9th December 2017 - Sunday, 10th December 2017

Saturday, 16th December 2017 - Sunday, 17th December 2017

Wednesday, 20th December 2017 - Sunday, 24th December 2017

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  • VAQAS VB Attraction
VAQAS VB Attraction


  • Sub-Regional AwardsTourism Event of the Year Tourism Event of the Year 2010
  • Sub-Regional AwardsLarge Visitor Attraction of the Year Large Visitor Attraction of the Year 2014
  • National Awards***Member of Marketing Lancashire ***Member of Marketing Lancashire 2014
  • Sub-Regional AwardsLancashire Tourism Awards 2016 - Finalist Lancashire Tourism Awards 2016 - Finalist 2016

Opening Times

East Lancashire Railway (1 Jan 2017 - 31 Dec 2017)

* Please check website for opening times and dates.

Dates and times marked with a '*' are provisional and may be subject to change


Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Family (2 adults, 3 children)£37.00 per ticket
Full Line Adult Return£14.50 per ticket
Full Line Child Return£9.20 per ticket
Full Line Concession Return£13.00 per ticket
Under 5s (except Day Out with Thomas)Free

Single and standard returns also available, more information on fares is available on

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