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East Lancashire Railway

Type:Steam Railway

Bolton Street Station, Bolton Street, Bury, Lancashire, BL9 0EY

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East Lancashire Railway

Make the trip from grandparent to grandchild on a journey that spans generations on this heritage railway.

With a storied history stretching back to the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, the East Lancashire Railway is the steam powered heart of the Irwell Valley, pumping goods and people around the region for nearly 200 years!

The line runs for 12 miles through scenic Lancastrian landscapes, from beautiful rural panoramas and postcard pretty villages to bustling Victorian towns and cotton mill dotted horizons. Each station offers something unique, from historical Heywood to relaxing Rawtenstall, scenic Summerseat and bustling Bury.

Local attractions include real ale bars, quaint tea rooms, quirky boutiques, markets, restaurants, cafés and more!

Take a walk on the “mild side” on a professionally guided Rail Ale Trail, experience the enchantment of fine dining aboard a heritage steam train or discover the North West’s transport history at the Bury Transport Museum. The railway also hosts an annual programme of events to suit any age and interest. Put on your dancing shoes and sashay along to the popular 1940s Weekend or make magical memories on board the award-winning Santa Specials.

Every stop is a start!

Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Family (2 adults, 3 children)£38.00 per ticket
Freedom of the Line Adult£14.80 per ticket
Freedom of the Line Child£9.40 per ticket
Freedom of the Line Concession£13.30 per ticket
Under 5s (except Day Out with Thomas)Free

Single and standard returns also available, more information on fares is available on on http://www.eastlancsrailway.org.uk/plan-your-day-out/timetables-fares.aspx

Opening Times

East Lancashire Railway (1 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2019)
DayTimes
Monday - TuesdayClosed*
Wednesday - Sunday09:00 - 17:00*

* Please check website for opening times and dates.

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

Events

Thursday, 21st February 2019 - Thursday, 21st February 2019

Thursday, 11th April 2019 - Thursday, 11th April 2019

Thursday, 30th May 2019 - Thursday, 30th May 2019

Tuesday, 25th June 2019 - Tuesday, 25th June 2019

Thursday, 1st August 2019 - Thursday, 1st August 2019

Thursday, 15th August 2019 - Thursday, 15th August 2019

Thursday, 29th August 2019 - Thursday, 29th August 2019

Thursday, 24th October 2019 - Thursday, 24th October 2019

Friday, 25th October 2019 - Friday, 25th October 2019

Wizard AcademyJoin a wacky cast of wizards on a madcap magical adventure to save the Grand Old School of Wizardry. Join the teachers for your first day at the Grand Old School of Wizardry and take part in an interactive adventure. Practice your spellwork and learn about magic as you rescue one of the school's...
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Saturday, 2nd March 2019 - Sunday, 3rd March 2019

Residents' WeekendExplore your local area and save money at the East Lancashire Railway's Residents' Weekend. For one weekend only residents of Bury, Rochdale and Rossendale can take advantage of the discounted residents' rates usually only available to Resident Permit holders. Explore the entire line at a great...
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Friday, 8th March 2019 - Sunday, 10th March 2019

Spring Steam GalaCelebrate the onset of Spring with this large scale all steam spectacular at the East Lancashire Railway. This all steam enthusiast event will feature home fleet and special guest locomotives running intensive passenger services all weekend. Why not take in the action from the railway's award...
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Thursday, 18th April 2019 - Thursday, 18th April 2019

Thursday, 22nd August 2019 - Thursday, 22nd August 2019

Dinky Dinosaur AdventureGet ready for a Jurassic Lark on this Steam Powered Dinosaur safari, can you help out the baby dinos? This interactive experience will see you and your family join some cute dinky dinosaurs got a roar-some adventure on board a heritage steam train. Take part in activities and games whilst learning...
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Sunday, 21st April 2019 - Sunday, 21st April 2019

Classic Bike RallyIf you were born to be wild then you won't want to miss this exhibition of classic motorbikes from times gone by. A wide variety of mean machines from the glamorous past will be exhibited outside of the Bury Transport Museum. Why not combine a day taking in these motorbike marvels with a trip on a...
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Saturday, 4th May 2019 - Monday, 6th May 2019

Saturday, 3rd August 2019 - Sunday, 4th August 2019

Saturday, 5th October 2019 - Sunday, 6th October 2019

Day Out With ThomasJoin Thomas and friends for fun and games at this family fun event. Your one time entry fee gets you access to all of the weekend's events and activities including rides behind Thomas, meeting the Fat Controller and friends, performances by Sodor station sweepers Rusty and Dusty, unlimited travel...
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Saturday, 25th May 2019 - Monday, 27th May 2019

1940s WeekendTake a steam train trip back to Britain's finest hour at this toe-tapping vintage extravaganza. Be sure to pack your dancing shoes and dust off your best polka dot dress, this award-winning spectacular features live entertainment, music and dancing, vehicle exhibitions and historical displays,...
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Saturday, 15th June 2019 - Sunday, 16th June 2019

Collectors Fair and Vintage Vehicle GatheringHunt for hidden treasures and snag a souvenir at this combined memorabilia fare and automobile exhibition. Join us at Bury Transport Museum for an extensive exhibition of classic cars from across the past several decades. There will also be a Collectors Fair housed within the museum itself,...
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Sunday, 23rd June 2019 - Sunday, 23rd June 2019

Race the TrainThe race is on as these runners set out to beat the steam train from Bury to Rawtenstall for charity. Cheer on your favourite runner, or even your favourite engine, as they try to beat one another in a fun run from Bury to Rawtenstall. All donations go to a good cause at this annual clash of man...
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Thursday, 4th July 2019 - Saturday, 6th July 2019

Summer Diesel SpectacularSunshine and diesel locomotives, who could ask for more? Join the East Lancashire Railway for this large scale diesel fest. This all diesel event will be a real treat for those loco about locomotives. Join a number of special guest engines as well as favourites from the East Lancashire Railway's...
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Thursday, 8th August 2019 - Thursday, 8th August 2019

Fairytale AdventureStorybook Land needs your help! Can you rescue the magical gems and make sure everyone lives happily ever after? Join your favourite fairy tale characters on an interactive adventure. Learn prized princess skills and the knightly know how you will need to defeat the maleficent villains and save...
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Saturday, 17th August 2019 - Sunday, 18th August 2019

Sci-Fi on the SidingsUFOs have been spotted over Heywood and we think we saw a Wookie in Ramsbottom, it must be Sci-Fi on the Sidings! Aliens, superheroes, robots and more warp, beam, fly or simply walk onto the East Lancashire Railway as your favourite characters from comics, films and books arrive for a special...
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Saturday, 21st September 2019 - Saturday, 21st September 2019

English Electric Theme DayCelebrate the special lineage of diesel locomotives from influential manufacturers English Electric. Another all-star, all diesel event with an English Electric twist. Every passenger service will be hauled by an E.E loco, giving fans of these engines plenty of opportunities to get a photo of...
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Friday, 18th October 2019 - Sunday, 20th October 2019

Autumn Steam GalaThe leaves might be falling but the steam is still rising this Autumn at the East Lancashire Railway. Favourites from the East Lancashire Railway's home fleet will be joining special guest locomotives for an all steam spectacular. Take the opportunity to travel up and down the line on a...
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Thursday, 31st October 2019 - Saturday, 2nd November 2019

Halloween Ghost TrainsDare you climb aboard the spooktacular steam train for a terrifying trip to Rawtenstall and back. Enjoy a host of hauntingly hilarious tricks and treats, rub shoulders with ghouls and ghosts and show off your best fancy dress. You can even start at Bury Transport Museum's Creepy Craft Workshop to...
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Saturday, 9th November 2019 - Saturday, 9th November 2019

Scenic Railcar DayThe stalwart DMU powers into the limelight for this special theme day. Lovers of these diminutive but dynamic locomotives will not want to miss this all DMU event, a rare opportunity to see (and ride behind) lots of these powerful engines as they run an intensive timetable of passenger services.
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Saturday, 23rd November 2019 - Sunday, 24th November 2019

Lancashire WeekendWave the flag for the home county as we celebrate the day Lancashire sent its representatives to Parliament. Come along for some folksy family fun as the ELR plays host to traditional Morris Dancers and a town crier reading out Lancashire Day proclamations. Home cooked hot pot and other local...
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Saturday, 30th November 2019 - Sunday, 1st December 2019

Saturday, 7th December 2019 - Sunday, 8th December 2019

Saturday, 14th December 2019 - Sunday, 15th December 2019

Thursday, 19th December 2019 - Tuesday, 24th December 2019

Santa SpecialsStart your Christmas celebrations in style on board the massively popular Santa Specials at the East Lancashire Railway. Kick start Christmas with a steam powered trip through a winter wonderland. Immerse yourself in the festive atmosphere provided by the beautiful decorations, traditional brass...
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Gradings

  • VAQAS VB Attraction
VAQAS VB Attraction

Awards

  • 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
  • Sub-Regional AwardsPartner of Visit Lancashire Partner of Visit Lancashire 2018
  • Sub-Regional AwardsLancashire Tourism Awards 2016 - Finalist Lancashire Tourism Awards 2016 - Finalist 2016
  • Sub-Regional AwardsLancashire Tourism Awards Finalist 2017 - Large Visitor Attraction Award Lancashire Tourism Awards Finalist 2017 - Large Visitor Attraction Award 2017
  • Sub-Regional AwardsLancashire Tourism Awards Winner 2018 - Large Visitor Attraction Award Lancashire Tourism Awards Winner 2018 - Large Visitor Attraction Award 2018

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  • Disabled Access/Toilets

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  • Coaches Welcome

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