There are trains running today using the Santa Specials Timetable 2018

Photography Experiences are now available to book for 2019 - 

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  • Steam engine running through frost covered countryside
    Caption: Steam through a Winter Wonderland

    Santa Specials

    • 16th December 2018,
    • 21st December 2018,
    • 22nd December 2018,
    • 23rd December 2018,
    • 24th December 2018

    Tis the Season

    Kick start your Christmas celebrations with a steam train ride through our very own winter wonderland,

  • Mince Pie Special

    Mince Pie Special

    • 26th December 2018

    The perfect way to unwind after a hectic Christmas, join the East Lancashire Railway for a boxing day train ride and

  • Whiskey Chaser

    Whisky Chaser

    • 1st January 2019

    Auld lang time to ride on a train!

    Steam into 2019 in style on board a heritage locomotive, complete with a dash of

  • Sulzer Saturday

    Sulzer Theme Day

    • 16th February 2019

    Bring on the Diesels

    Don’t miss this special celebration themed around the masterpieces of the legendary Sulzer

  • Photography Experience

    Photography Experiences

    • 16th February 2019,
    • 9th March 2019,
    • 20th April 2019,
    • 11th May 2019,
    • 25th May 2019,
    • 15th June 2019,
    • 13th July 2019,
    • 10th August 2019,
    • 21st September 2019,
    • 19th October 2019

    Photography Experiences

    Our Photography Experiences offer you opportunities to get unique photos of heritage trains

  • Drive a Train participant shovelling coal into the firebox of a steam engine

    Drive a Steam Train Experience

    • 22nd February 2019,
    • 1st March 2019,
    • 22nd March 2019,
    • 29th March 2019,
    • 26th April 2019,
    • 29th April 2019,
    • 13th May 2019,
    • 17th May 2019,
    • 3rd June 2019,
    • 7th June 2019,
    • 17th June 2019,
    • 12th July 2019,
    • 15th July 2019,
    • 19th July 2019,
    • 12th August 2019,
    • 19th August 2019,
    • 2nd September 2019,
    • 16th September 2019,
    • 27th September 2019,
    • 7th October 2019,
    • 14th October 2019,
    • 25th October 2019,
    • 8th November 2019,
    • 15th November 2019

    Make your dream a reality

    Become part of the crew! This full day experience will see childhood dreams realised as

  • Spring Steam Gala

    Spring Steam Gala

    • 8th March 2019,
    • 9th March 2019,
    • 10th March 2019

    Springtime Steaming

    Spring, the tweeting of birds, the blooming of flowers and the powerful whistle of steam

  • Drive a Train

    Drive a Diesel Train Experience

    • 23rd March 2019,
    • 13th April 2019,
    • 27th April 2019,
    • 18th May 2019,
    • 31st May 2019,
    • 14th June 2019,
    • 3rd July 2019,
    • 14th September 2019,
    • 19th September 2019,
    • 11th October 2019,
    • 2nd November 2019

    Make your dream as reality

    Become a fully-fledged railway man or woman for the day and be the envy of your friends as

  • Summer Diesel Gala

    Summer Diesel Spectacular

    • 4th July 2019,
    • 5th July 2019,
    • 6th July 2019

    Sunny D(iesels)

    Sunshine and diesel locomotives, who could ask for more! Join us for the second large scale diesel

  • English Electric

    English Electric Theme Day

    • 21st September 2019

    English Electrifying!

    Celebrate the special lineage of diesel locomotives from influential manufacturers English

  • Autumn Steam Gala

    Autumn Steam Gala

    • 18th October 2019,
    • 19th October 2019,
    • 20th October 2019

    Autumnal steam dreams

    The leaves might be falling but the steam is still rising this year at the East Lancashire

  • Scenic Railcar Weekend

    Scenic Railcar Day

    • 9th November 2019

    Day of the DMU

    The stalwart DMU powers into the limelight for this special theme day.

    What’s Included

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Our visitors say…

  • Beautiful stations along the way and great to take the family. It's just something different for everyone. Reasonably priced and all volunteers which makes it all the more special.

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