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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
• Freedom of the Line Adult (aged 18 and over)£16.00 per ticket
• Freedom of the Line Child (aged 5 - 17)£10.00 per ticket
• Freedom of the Line Concession£14.50 per ticket
• Under 5s: FREE (except special events)Free
Family (2 adults, 3 children)£42.00 per ticket

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, 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, 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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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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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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  • Open All Year
  • Outdoor

Establishment Features

  • Disabled Access/Toilets

Parking & Transport

  • Coaches Welcome

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