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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

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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Thursday, 26th December 2019 - Thursday, 26th December 2019

Mince Pie SpecialsKeep your eyes on the pies! What better way to relax after a frantic Christmas Day than to settle down for a sedate steam train ride and enjoy a delicious, freshly baked mince pie.
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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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