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1940s Weekend

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    1940s Weekend
    Caption: Picture Courtesy Of www.kre8photographic.co.uk

    We'll Meet Again

    Put on your glad rags and travel with us back to the glamorous 1940s. This award-winning event is back at the East Lancashire Railway with more entertainment and activities than ever before, including battle scenarios and 1940s singers and musicians.

    Saturday 28 May 2016
    What's On? Description Where? Type of Attraction/Activity Start Time Finish Time
    Cream Teas in the Observation Saloon Enjoy quintessentially British refreshments on-board the luxury Observation Saloon. On-Board Train  Food & Drink  10:00  16:00 
    German Ticket Inspectors  Have your passes at the ready as the Fahrkarten Kontrolleur check tickets on the train. On-Board Train Battles & Re-Enactments 10:00 16:00
    'Allo, 'Allo Characters  Say bonjour to the characters from ‘Allo, ‘Allo as they get up to mischief around the railway. On-Board Train Entertainment & Activities 10:00 16:00
    The Hotsie Totsies  Back by popular demand, these broads will captivate you with their flawless harmonies. Bury Station Music & Dancing 10;00 16:00
    Vintage Vehicle Displays  If you appreciate a well built machine visit Bury Transport Museum and Ramsbottom Station. Bury Station Displays, Exhibitions & Stalls 10:00 16:00
    Jez Mansfield, Extraordinaire  Prepare to be wowed as our resident spiv delights the crowds with magic and sleight of hand. Bury Station  Entertainment & Activities 16:00 16:15
    Spitfire Flypast  This aerial legend will fly over the line on the Saturday of the event. Bury Station Entertainment & Activities TBC TBC
    Vintage & Military Stalls  There will be a number of period stalls in the station building and museum area. Bury Station Displays, Exhibitions & Stalls 10:00 16:00
    Tank Displays  Visit the museum yard to view an M8, Greywood and a German Sd. Kfz. Bury Transport Museum Displays, Exhibitions & Stalls 10:00 16:00
    Replica Spitfire Display  Get up close to the plane that saved Britain in the museum yard. Bury Transport Museum Displays, Exhibitions & Stalls 10:00 16:00
    John & Ailsa  Enjoy period tunes with singers John and Ailsa. Bury Transport Museum Music & Dancing 10:00 16:00
    George Formby Appreciation Society  Back once again to put a smile on your face, the wonderful George Formby Appreciation Society. Bury Transport Museum Music & Dancing 10:00 16:00
    G.I. Jive: Jump & Jive Lesson & Dance  Swing into some forties fun with experts G.I. Jive Bury Transport Museum Music & Dancing 11:00 13:00
    Vintage Craft Activities  Make do and mend with an array of crafty activities in Bury Transport Museum. Bury Transport Museum Entertainment & Activities 10:00 16:00
    The Lancashire Belle  One of our all time favourites returns, encapsulating the spirit of ENSA. Ramsbottom Station Music & Dancing 10:00 16:00
    WW2 Command Centre  Learn about life on a replica WW2 Command Centre. Ramsbottom Station Displays, Exhibitions & Stalls 10:00 16:00
    Camp Roanoke: American Camp Display  Journey to scenic Irwell Vale to take in some replica US military camp displays. Irwell Vale Station Displays, Exhibitions & Stalls 10:00 16:00
    Paul Harper, Mr. Don Gentile & Melissa Harper  We welcome back the cheeky chappie himself, alongside his daughter and Big Band Charmer Don Gentile. Rawtenstall Station Music & Dancing 10:00 16:00
    Battle  If bangs and bullets excite you then take in this action packed battle re-enactment. Rawtenstall Station Battles & Re-Enactments 15:15 15:35
    German Field Hospital  A living history display of a German Field Hospital. Rawtenstall Station Displays, Exhibitions & Stalls 10:00 16:00
    Military Weapons Display  Head up to Rawtenstall Station to learn about some WW2 most recognisable firearms. Rawtenstall Station Displays, Exhibitions & Stalls 10:00 16:00
    War Damaged German Village  Take in an interactive display of a war damaged German town. Rawtenstall Station Displays, Exhibitions & Stalls 10:00 16:00
    Sunday 29 May 2016
    What's On? Description Where? Type of Attraction/Activity Start Time Finish Time
    Cream Teas in the Observation Saloon Enjoy quintessentially British refreshments on-board the luxury Observation Saloon. On-Board Train  Food & Drink  10:00  16:00 
    German Ticket Inspectors  Have your passes at the ready as the Fahrkarten Kontrolleur check tickets on the train. On-Board Train Battles & Re-Enactments 10:00 16:00
    'Allo, 'Allo Characters  Say bonjour to the characters from ‘Allo, ‘Allo as they get up to mischief around the railway. On-Board Train Entertainment & Activities 10:00 16:00
    The Lancashire Belle  One of our all time favourites returns, encapsulating the spirit of ENSA. Bury Station Music & Dancing 10;00 16:00
    Vintage Vehicle Displays  If you appreciate a well built machine visit Bury Transport Museum and Ramsbottom Station. Bury Station Displays, Exhibitions & Stalls 10:00 16:00
    Jez Mansfield, Extraordinaire  Prepare to be wowed as our resident spiv delights the crowds with magic and sleight of hand. Bury Station  Entertainment & Activities 10:00 16:00
    Vintage & Military Stalls  There will be a number of period stalls in the station building and museum area. Bury Station Displays, Exhibitions & Stalls 10:00 16:00
    Tank Displays  Visit the museum yard to view an M8, Greywood and a German Sd. Kfz. Bury Transport Museum Displays, Exhibitions & Stalls 10:00 16:00
    Replica Spitfire Display  Get up close to the plane that saved Britain in the museum yard. Bury Transport Museum Displays, Exhibitions & Stalls 10:00 16:00
    John & Ailsa  Enjoy period tunes with singers John and Ailsa. Bury Transport Museum Music & Dancing 10:00 16:00
    George Formby Appreciation Society  Back once again to put a smile on your face, the wonderful George Formby Appreciation Society. Bury Transport Museum Music & Dancing 10:00 16:00
    G.I. Jive: Tea Dance  Swing into some forties fun with experts G.I. Jive Bury Transport Museum Music & Dancing 11:00 13:00
    Vintage Craft Activities  Make do and mend with an array of crafty activities in Bury Transport Museum. Bury Transport Museum Entertainment & Activities 10:00 16:00
    Paul Harper, Mr. Don Gentile & Melissa Harper  We welcome back the cheeky chappie himself, alongside his daughter and Big Band Charmer Don Gentile. Ramsbottom Station Music & Dancing 10:00 16:00
    Battle  If bangs and bullets excite you then take in this action packed battle re-enactment. Ramsbottom Station Battles & Re-Enactments 14:50 15:10
    WW2 Command Centre  Learn about life on a replica WW2 Command Centre. Ramsbottom Station Displays, Exhibitions & Stalls 10:00 16:00
    Camp Roanoke: American Camp Display  Journey to scenic Irwell Vale to take in some replica US military camp displays. Irwell Vale Station Displays, Exhibitions & Stalls 10:00 16:00
    The Hotsie Totsies  Back by popular demand, these broads will captivate you with their flawless harmonies. Rawtenstall Station Music & Dancing 10:00 16:00
    German Field Hospital  A living history display of a German Field Hospital. Rawtenstall Station Displays, Exhibitions & Stalls 10:00 16:00
    Military Weapons Display  Head up to Rawtenstall Station to learn about some WW2 most recognisable firearms. Rawtenstall Station Displays, Exhibitions & Stalls 10:00 16:00
    War Damaged German Village  Take in an interactive display of a war damaged German town. Rawtenstall Station Displays, Exhibitions & Stalls 10:00 16:00
    Monday 30 May 2016
    What's On? Description Where? Type of Attraction/Activity Start Time Finish Time
    Cream Teas in the Observation Saloon Enjoy quintessentially British refreshments on-board the luxury Observation Saloon. On-Board Train  Food & Drink  10:00  16:00 
    German Ticket Inspectors  Have your passes at the ready as the Fahrkarten Kontrolleur check tickets on the train. On-Board Train Battles & Re-Enactments 10:00 16:00
    Paul Harper, Mr. Don Gentile & Melissa Harper  Say bonjour to the characters from ‘Allo, ‘Allo as they get up to mischief around the railway. Bury Station Music & Dancing 10:00 14:00
    Vintage Vehicle Displays  If you appreciate a well built machine visit Bury Transport Museum and Ramsbottom Station. Bury Station Displays, Exhibitions & Stalls 10:00 16:00
    Jez Mansfield, Extraordinaire  Prepare to be wowed as our resident spiv delights the crowds with magic and sleight of hand. Bury Station  Entertainment & Activities 10:00 16:00
    Vintage & Military Stalls  There will be a number of period stalls in the station building and museum area. Bury Station Displays, Exhibitions & Stalls 10:00 16:00
    VE Day Concert  Get your Union Jack ready for a true event highlight. Bury Transport Museum Music & Dancing 14:45 16:15
    Tank Displays  Visit the museum yard to view an M8, Greywood and a German Sd. Kfz. Bury Transport Museum Displays, Exhibitions & Stalls 10:00 16:00
    Replica Spitfire Display  Get up close to the plane that saved Britain in the museum yard. Bury Transport Museum Displays, Exhibitions & Stalls 10:00 16:00
    George Formby Appreciation Society  Back once again to put a smile on your face, the wonderful George Formby Appreciation Society. Bury Transport Museum Music & Dancing 10:00 16:00
    Vintage Craft Activities  Make do and mend with an array of crafty activities in Bury Transport Museum. Bury Transport Museum Entertainment & Activities 10:00 16:00
    The Hotsie Totsies  Back by popular demand, these broads will captivate you with their flawless harmonies. Ramsbottom Station Music & Dancing 10:00 16:00
    WW2 Command Centre Learn about life on a replica WW2 Command Centre. Ramsbottom Station Displays, Exhibitions & Stalls 10:00 16:00
    Camp Roanoke: American Camp Display  Journey to scenic Irwell Vale to take in some replica US military camp displays. Irwell Vale Station Displays, Exhibitions & Stalls 10:00 16:00
    The Lancashire Belle  One of our all time favourites returns, encapsulating the spirit of ENSA. Rawtenstall Station Music & Dancing 10:00 16:00
    Battle  If bangs and bullets excite you then take in this action packed battle re-enactment. Rawtenstall Station Battles & Re-Enactments 13:15 13:35
    German Field Hospital  A living history display of a German Field Hospital. Rawtenstall Station Displays, Exhibitions & Stalls 10:00 16:00
    Military Weapons Display  Head up to Rawtenstall Station to learn about some WW2 most recognisable firearms. Rawtenstall Station Displays, Exhibitions & Stalls 10:00 16:00
    War Damaged German Village  Take in an interactive display of a war damaged German town. Rawtenstall Station Displays, Exhibitions & Stalls 10:00 16:00

    What's On Up the Line

    • Lilli De Carlo, The Fire Pit, Rawtenstall - Saturday 28 May, 13:00, 14:00 & 15:00
    • Paula Marie, The Fire Pit, Rawtenstall - Sunday 29 May, 13:00, 14:00 & 15:00
    • Lucy Sings, The Fire Pit, Rawtenstall - Monday 30 May, 13:00, 14:00 & 15:00
    • Rawtenstall Farmer's Market, Rawtenstall Town Centre - Sunday 29 May, 10:00 - 14:30

    1940s Weekend Ticket Prices

    Online Ticket Prices

    Beat the queues and take advantage of a 10% discount by booking your 1940s Weekend tickets online. Our exclusive online discounts are displayed in the table below:

      Adult Save Concession Save Child Save Family Save
    One Day Rover £16.20 £2.00 £14.40 £1.60 £9.90 £1.10 £42.00 £5.00
    Two Day Rover £29.25 £3.25 £26.10 £2.90 £18.00 £2.00 £85.00 £9.00
    Three Day Rover £36.00 £4.00 £32.40 £3.40 £22.50 £2.50 £127.00 £14.00

    Discounted advanced tickets will be taken off sale 24 hours before the start of an event, the below tickets will be available from manned stations on the day.

    On-the-Day Ticket Prices

    The below Rover Tickets will replace all standard travel fares across the weekend.

      Adult Concession Child Family
    One Day Rover £18.00 £16.00 £11.00 £47.00
    Two Day Rover £32.50 £29.00 £20.00 £94.00
    Three Day Rover £40.00

    £36.00

    £25.00 £141.00

    1940s Photography Course - 28 May

    Shutterbugs of the North West, the East Lancashire Railway needs you... to join us for a fabulous forties photography frolic in the Irwell Valley along with our partners at North West Photography Courses. This expert-led experience day will afford you to opportunity to capture the railway like you have never seen it before as visitors and re-enactors throw on their glad rags and pay tribute to the glamorous 1940s.

    Whatever your skill level you are sure to take something useful from the day, whether it’s improvements to your own techniques, a chance to make some new friends or simply some really unique memories.

    Each course includes

    • Morning debriefing on the Platform, including a safety briefing, basic hands on tuition tailored to the needs and ambitions of each attendee.
    • A light lunch provided during the day.
    • A heritage steam train ride for location shots with the opportunity to photograph some really unique scenes as the railway celebrates its popular 1940s Weekend.
    • Train ride back to Bury for a unique behind the scenes visit to the locomotive sheds where you will get a unique perspective on the ongoing effort required to maintain and repar heritage locomotives.

    Tickets cost £120 per person. Book Now!

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    Getting here

    The 1940s Weekend takes place across the length of the railway and tickets can be purchased from Bury, Heywood, Ramsbottom and Rawtenstall stations on the day. Visitors that already have their ticket can start their day out from any of the above stations.

    Due to the limited amount of parking in Bury, especially on a busy special event day, it is recommended that visitors travelling by car park in the large, free car park at our Heywood Statiion and travel to Bury and or/Ramsbottom on one of the regularly scheduled services.

    Located less than a mile from Junction 19 of the M62, Heywood Station is easily accessible (vis Railway Street) and can be reached by typing the postcode OL10 1LX into a Sat Nav.

    Bury's Metrolink Tram Station is located just a few minutes walk away from our Bury Bolton Street Station and is an ideal way to get to the event from areas across Greater Manchester. With fantastic off-peak travel rates and Park and Ride facilities available throughout the city, travelling by tram is a great value, stress free way to get to the East Lancashire Railway. Find out more by downloading the Network Map or by visiting www.metrolink.co.uk.

    For more information on how to reach the East Lancashire Railway visit our "Getting Here" page.

    Our visitors say…

    • Just returned from spending some time at the east lanc's 1940's weekend 2015. A wonderful day out and fantastic weather, it must take some organising an event like this and even though many off the staff are volunteers they appear to put their heart and soul in to it. please pass on my thanks to everyone concerned in the staging of the 1940's weekend including all the performers at stations along the route, it was money well spent!

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